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  1. O

    Bonsai not growing to full potential

    Hello all, I have had this bonsai for approximately 2 years, however it has never really grown to be thick and has always been quite sparse. After doing a bit of youtubeing, i was thinking of repotting it in spaghnum moss. However, I wanted to ask on a forum to get further advice before doing...
  2. R

    New Buxus Project

    Hi everyone, I recently spotted this outside Asda at the low price of £3.84. I decided I had to take the gamble (and have since been made to pay for it by She Who Must Be Obeyed - aka. the loving, patient and long-suffering woman who has put up with far too many potted trees - by getting rid of...
  3. jbhampton31

    Azaleas John Geanangle Method?

    Has anyone had any success using the John Geanangle method of hard cut backs to branches and roots on satsuki azaleas? I got 4 1 gal Gumpos at my local nursery and want to give it a shot. When is the best time to start them. What size pot or grow bag would you put them in after cutting the roots...
  4. P

    New Shimpaku Juniper Bonsai Advice

    I live in Canada BC where it is currently winter and nurseries haven't opened up their outdoor shrub sections yet, however, I found this Shimpaku Bonsai tree for sale in the indoor section of the nursery for Chinese new year. I bought it and placed it outside yesterday. it is currently snowing...
  5. W


    As the title says, what happen with my water jasmine. I already tried to give it fertilizer (16-16-16 + tiny amount of iron micr via foliar spray.
  6. R

    Ficus leaves turning brown

    Hi! I am pretty new to ficus bonsai (and to plants in general). It's leaves started turning brown, drying and falling off. The first pic is from 30 sept, the second one from 3rd oct and the last one from today (so you can see the evolution). I water it once a week until the soil is hydrated and...
  7. A

    Need help with ID and health.

    Hello everyone, I’m new here and just purchased my first juniper pre bonsai. I live in California USDA Hardiness Zone 9 and Zone 10. I need help to ID the tree and also see if my tree is healthy. It seems like the color is kinda dull. I tried white paper method to see if there are any critters...
  8. U

    Sugestions for this Japanese quince?

    Ive wired them into a semi cascade earlier in the summer. Just feeling a bit reluctant, should I keep going or aim for a different style?
  9. M

    Silk Mimosa seedlings

    Hi again everyone, I have another question this time about my silk mimosa seedlings I have 8 seedlings that all sprouted around the same time. 4 out of the 8 have these spots on them and 1 of them appears to have just stopped growing but is still green and the stock is a lot thicker than any...
  10. M

    Please help. Why is my Olive Bonsai Tree Dying?

    I recently purchased an olive bonsai tree for a great deal on Instagram from a small, unknown company. The tree was shipped bare-rooted with sand soil, so I repotted it in the largest bonsai pot I own with an inorganic mix of pumice and akadama. There is still some green under the bark, so there...
  11. J

    Advice for first time planting

    Hi, I‘ve bought and have a few other bonsais but recently purchased a few seeds and wanted to try my hand at growing new ones from seed. I’m just unsure if there’s a soil that would suit them best during this process and then when they’re big enough to be potted in with their suitable soil...
  12. T

    Serissa heavy wiring, all leafs turn dark and droppy. Is it going to go dead or?

    Few days ago just did quite a heavy wiring bending on my well grown serissa. Will it survive?
  13. S

    My Brazilian Raintree is super sad with some crispy leaves. What am I doing wrong?!

    Sorry in advance if I am posting this thread to the wrong place, this will be my first post here. I live in Orlando, FL and keep my trees on a West facing, enclosed patio, so they get about 5 hours of sunlight a day. I recently purchased my second BRT close to three weeks ago. I will try to...
  14. D

    Murisaki Kiyohime Bonsai

    I’m new to Bonsai and I got a Murisaki Kyohime. I know I need to prune it and shape it, but frankly, I look at it and don’t even know which branches I should prune, I’m going nutz here. Any help will be highly appreciated 🙏
  15. In_Two_Worlds

    Newbie Question: identify and care (pics attached)

    I have recently purchased my first little bonsai. I have always admired the diversity in how they can be pruned and shaped and felt a deep respect for bonsai tree owners . I am really wanting to research what type of bonsai I aquired, so I can learn how to give it a prosperous, life. Any...
  16. NoobKing

    Noob tries to Bonsai : How do I start? (Cherry Blossoms)

    Hello kind Bonsai nerds of the internet! I have came across this beautiful hobby and am interested in trying it out. Currently I have my eyes set on growing a Cherry Blossom Bonsai, because I think they look really nice. I was wondering if anyone could help me get started and point me in the...
  17. M

    BRT Help please

    In April my BRT looked great (see pictures) or at least I thought it did. Now it is dropping leaves constantly and seems to be drying out on the ends of the branches (also see pictures). I have had it inside since I got it in February as our weather is unpredictable. I honestly water it once or...
  18. C

    Advice for Jacaranda tree

    I grew this Jacaranda tree from a seed. Its about a year old now and about a meter long. I keep it indoor year log because it is fairly cold where I live, I water it when one centimeter of the soil is dry and recently got a grow light. How do you guys think I am doing so far? Any advice would be...
  19. Y

    So cal Bonsai people

    Looking to meet some people around here into the hobby! Definitely looking for someone to maybe buy some extra material off of if anyone has extra! Doesn’t even have to be good quality I just need more plants to work with! Also looking for clubs
  20. K

    Mame Bonsai making

    Bonsai is an Art of Making Plants small and giving them a form of natural look to the plant. It's a skilled art and how Nature Plays a main role in shaping plants. In Bonsai Art Plants are acquiring a Tree shape in masters hands just like in Nature. We are trying to keep our Bonsai Plants as...
  21. Kodama

    Yew - First Initial Styling

    Just recently finished the 1st initial structure styling of this Yew. Here's a before and after. I know it's really basic and needs trimmed and detail wiring but that can wait. Thinking I should let it recover all next year and do repot in 23. It was a learning experience for sure. Definitely...
  22. LunaticTree

    Yamadori Construction side collection

    Check thoose out! As a Landscapegardener I regulary come across unwnated Trees and saplings, those two here have ben at a recent constructioin site and have ben dug up before they came with the bulldozer to eliminate whatever was left of the Trees. As you can see they are a little bit "sad"...
  23. A

    Dug up boxwood - will this work?

    So I came across this woman offering her boxwood for free as long as they dug them out themselves. I've wanted to attempt a boxwood bonsai for a while but have zero experience. Before I waste my time, can anyone give me their opinion on the material I dug up? I had to cut off a lot of material...
  24. Syedabrar

    Mugo pine from nursery stock

    Saw this mugo at the Lowes today, priced at $120. Its pricey for me, any ideas if it will be a good bonsai specimen, new to bonsai world.
  25. B

    Starting a Bodhi tree (Ficus religiosa) that has overgrown on one side

    This is a 2-3 year old Bodhi tree grown from a cutting. So far I have let it grow naturally but due to overgrowth on one side it is definitely time to start pruning/wiring etc. It will be my first time doing so, so really keen to get advice. The overgrown branch was hanging down and getting...
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