1. Phucshimpaku

    Platycladus orientalis

    Hello, I'm having an exciting hot sunny season with my conifer babies. One particular type of plant that I'm interested in is Platycladus orientalis alongside various juniper species as well as Hinoki. Below are some pictures of the mini trees in my garden. I want to keep them at a manageable...
  2. B

    How is taper achieved with upright conifers?

    Hey guys, I’m a little confused on how taper is achieved with formal upright conifers like an incense cedar. If I grow it out in the ground and then chop the main trunk and wait for a new leader to form, wouldn’t that leader come out off to the side so it wouldn’t look formal upright anymore...
  3. RJG2

    RJG2's 2023-2026 Little Christmas Tree Entry

    I have a couple, but I'll choose a final entry at some point. Small red pot mugo (~$8): Black Hills spruce (not in a red pot, but 30% off, and next to the "normal" Christmas trees)(~$50):
  4. S

    Is My European Larch Dying? Please Help!

    Over the past week I have noticed the tips of the needs on my European Larch have started to yellow and fall off. It gets full sun and is watered as suggested. It has been thriving and growing well until very recently. This yellowing is throughout 90% of the tree. I don't see any evidence of...
  5. K

    Styling advice for an Itoigawa

    I bought an Itoigawa last year at a show (Doncaster Shohin Exhibition) and admittedly, I don't show as much love to it as I do with many of my other plants. Conifers have never been massively interesting to me, but nevertheless I wanted to give them a try. I was wondering if anyone could...
  6. bonsaiDerek

    Great trees.... did they live?

    i recently saw an interesting video on collecting yamadori. they found some great trees, but they seem to bare root almost all of them doess any know more about this video? did these trees live? or do they have some special technique to keep bare rooted conifers alive after collection...
  7. MeDupree

    Thuja Occidentalis "Golden Globe" Progression 😅

    Hello Folks!! New here, brief intro...I've always admired bonsai but recently decided to go hands-on last Spring. I have collected a bunch of cheap material from different nurseries and garden centers mostly on discount due to different variables in relation to my newbie status and lack of...
  8. Tntthunder

    Was given this Mugo Pine 'Mops' for free today. What next?

    Basically got a free Mops today and I am not sure what to do with it. I'm guessing I should develop it to make it thicker and put movement in it, but so far trying to move/bend the base it seems too short/thick to bend. Also not sure to do with all the foliage. I understand why it is called a...
  9. Likebull1

    Having a hard time with Hinoki Cypress styling

    This is my first Hinoki Cypress and I'm aware of the fact they don't back bud on old wood. This is why I'm having a hard time deciding which lower branch to remove. I see benefits with each but I'd like to hear some second opinions. Clearly both can't stay... Thanks! Also my first post here...
  10. Koenye

    Will this beauty survive !?

    Hi all, This weekend, again I had the chance to dig out this amazing tree. Unfortunately while lifting the tree out of the ground, a lot of The roots just fell off. I made it wet and placed it in a big training pot with akadama, some vulcastrat and moss. for now it just has to rest for at...
  11. F

    Dawn Redwood damage.

    I have three young Dawn Redwood trees planted this year. During a storm last night my miniature greenhouse got knocked over and the three trees took some severe damage. I’ve repotted all three and am ready to put them back outside but which each losing at least one of it’s branches is there any...
  12. J

    Limber Pine 3-4 Year-Old Needles Removal

    I bought and repotted this Limber Pine in Spring. When would be the best time to pluck/remove the browning 3-4 year old needles on single flush pines? Some needles just fall off with little effort and some I have to pull a little bit for it to come off. Would it be fine to remove the needles now...
  13. J

    Colander vs Terra Cotta?

    My understanding is that a colander can be used for pine trees in an effort to make the roots compact and fiberous enough for placement in a bonsai pot. Any roots that are near the surface of the colander will dry out and die back creating a dense root ball. Doesn't terra cotta do a very...
  14. BeneficialCucumber

    Potential, advice and general opinion on first Japanese Black Pine.

    Hi everyone! Here I stand at the beginning of my Bonsai journey and at least for the time being I feel very interested in conifers. My favorite among them being Chinese Junipers and Japanese Black Pines, at least aesthetically. I decided to go for a young JBP, partly as a long term project but...
  15. Deep Sea Diver

    Hanging at the Pacific Bonsai Museum

    Deep Sea Diver here. Since I’ve been volunteering at the Pacific Bonsai Museum for the better part of a year, I figured that I’d post some of the jobs the volunteers do over this year to give folks what goes on behind the scenes at the Museum. Some of you have seen my first job, debarking a...
  16. D

    Pseudotsuga menziesii (I think), style suggestions

    I got this Douglas Fir for $20. Its 2.5ft (3ft to apex), In WA state. Any suggestions on styling and care (soil, watering, etc) or advice? Fairly new to the game. This is my first post btw. I know this needs to be outside but there is renovation on patio starting tomorrow and next day, so I had...
  17. Yugen

    Which side do you think should be the front??

    I'm really torn between the two. Of course there's innumerable factors that don't translate from a 2D image. If you could also tell me why you like a particular angle, I'd really appreciate it! This is my first poll so I hope I set it up right 🤞
  18. D

    Conifers for a beginner?

    Hi all, I'm a beginner - just have a few ficus at home - but I really like conifers. Are there any conifers for beginners? Also, I would prefer to keep my trees inside, so an indoor conifer. My research tells me probably not. But perhaps a Buddhist Pine? I really have no idea. I live in...
  19. Syltis

    Advice going forward with a new Picea Abies (Norway Spruce)

    Hi! I am fairly new to bonsai and to this forum. I am loving the hobby though, so I'm mostly working on getting more trees to put my hands on. I recently went looking through nurseries for Norway Spruce (Picea Abies) and this was the only one I found. I wanted a more developed tree I could...
  20. parhamr

    Buds of native North American conifers for identification

    I’ve seen a lot of threads in which people have uncertainty of tree identification based on bud appearance. Here are some good photos from my yard to help folks. Unless noted these are all mature buds from the fall. If you contribute to this thread then please use enough keywords that people...
  21. S

    Re-Locating A Dawn Redwood Grouping

    I am new to the bonsai world and last year (September) ordered a Dawn Redwood (5 tree grouping) to get my feet wet. When ordered I lived in San Diego, and although it took until January for the leaves to fall, the trees seemed to do very well. I did my first pruning in February (once I saw the...
  22. C

    Transitional soil?

    Hi all, I have a question that I cant seem to find an answer to online or in my books. I live in zone 6b and I am just getting into conifers. I currently have a small white pine and a cypress. Im not trying to bind them yet or anything. I just want them to be happy and healthy for a year or...
  23. heisenberg

    Your guidance please!

    Hi all, Another newbie to bonsai requesting your ideas on what to do with my tree. I was gifted this little tree by my friend who bought it on a whim at a local market but never got into bonsai. He thinks it is a conifer and is approximately 5 years old (from what he can recall). He has no...
  24. B

    Stone Pines (Tips for a Conifer Newbie)

    Growth style, tips for a newbie in conifers/pines. I'm thinking of going for a flattened hokidachi. No, I'm not crazy, and i know that style is almost unheard of in most pines, but it is the natural shape of a Stone/Italian Pine, and i put what's natural for a mature specimen in the specific...
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