1. Carapace

    When should I heavily bend larch?

    Hello, I have 2 larch saplings that are about the size of pencil, maybe 1.5 pencils. From what I know I should wire them in the autumn so that they can still heal a little bit before winter. I plan on really bending these puppies, I want to make them really gnarly and I was wondering if I should...
  2. R

    Top 5 Conifers That Aren’t Junipers

    Every list I see of beginner species includes types of juniper, and although they are great, I’m curious as to what people think of other conifers. In your opinion, what are the top 5 easiest conifer species that aren’t junipers?
  3. BuggsBalmer

    Whirlwind UK Trip

    Hi everyone I live in South Africa, and have a well established set of bonsai nurseries and retailers that I visit for new materials. I happen to be in the UK at the moment (until the end of the month), and I've been blown away at the species and cultivars available just in the standard...
  4. 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...
  5. Alvaro

    What kind of tree is this?

    I wasn’t sure where to put this post I’ts my first time posting here. I need some help here, a friend gave me this tree that collected and I want to know what kind of tree it is, from what I read and the description I found in this article, it is a Limber pine -“This species of conifer can have...
  6. Shogun610

    Projects Trees at the studio (long term thread)

    Starting a thread based on work I’m doing at Kifu. Will have more to post as other trees are styled , and repotting begins in spring. First tree is a oriental spruce that I’m giving a make over on, too needs to be regrown but basic structure is set. One day it’s going on a slab, tried to capture...
  7. palafr01

    Conifer Division: Palafr01's Dawn Redwoods (2021 shohin contest)

    While perusing the Bnut website one night, I stumbled upon the 2021 shohin contest thread and became so inspired by all the different contest entries that I decided to have a go at it myself. Coincidentally I had happened to have started some dawn redwoods from seed last year from cones that I...
  8. D

    Newbie, confused about bonsai fertilization especially during winter times

    Hi 👋 I’m new to the bonsai growing and recently I was gifted with couple of bonsai trees. Searching online I have found one of them is deciduous, one of them is coniferous and other two are tropical indoor. One of my friends suggested to use fertilizer to keep them healthy state. With little...
  9. A

    Where-to-cut advice! (+ID🙏)

    Hello guys! First-time posting yay. After avoiding conifers for 3 years and over 30 trees I finally got a couple. These were too cheap to pass, I was at a bonsai place but it was extremely rural and these were thrown around the property. I have no idea of the exact species and I am not sure how...
  10. 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...
  11. Shogun610

    Ponderosa Yamadori and Pitch Pine Nurserydori

    I got two Pondies on the B&B auction at Golden Arrow Bonsai. They arrived in the mail today. So when I received them, I unwrapped the plastic,burlap wraps, took alittle soil duff off the roots to spread out a bit and potted in a loose soil mix with mostly pumice 60% and conifer blend soil 40%...
  12. R

    Field developing conifers

    Hi, I was wondering what techniques can be used to develop taper in field growing conifers. trunk chopping to a new leader is what I’m using for deciduous trees (to develop taper whilst field growing), does this technique work with coniferous species? How would you deal with candles/growth...
  13. 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...
  14. S

    Re-location Advice

    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...
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