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  1. J

    Juniper tree newbie

    Hi everyone. I just started getting interested in bonsai this summer. I’ve just found a juniper with root in a bit a bad condition so for now i just did so trimming. I just wanted to know how could one develop or style the tree i have.
  2. B

    Collecting Acer Rubrum

    Hi everyone, I’m located in New England, USA and know just enough of bonsai yo be dangerous haha . I was hoping to get some guidance and advice for collecting one or two Red Maples I have come across ranging between 3-5 inches at the base and show potential as bonsai. Attached are pics of the 4...
  3. S

    What bonsai soil mix to use and of what grain size?

    I’m new to bonsai and have heard that having a good granular water retaining draining soil for bonsai is almost essential. I currently have an orange jessamine and a Chinese juniper and am planing to grow more plants of the latter and also a few ficuses. The only available soils/mediums...
  4. F

    Ginseng ficus from ikea!

    so I thought it would be a good idea, with absolutely no idea what I am doing to try to de foliate and trim my woody bits! I’m hoping I haven’t just killed it, but do you think I need to do anymore? I’m struggling with the woody bits! My aim is to just have a thick bushy tree but I have very...
  5. Clorgan

    New Field Maple with girthhhh

    Went to buy wire, got pulled in by this chunky trunk. A few cut marks on one side (this will most likely be the back!) It's my first maple, been wanting to try one, thought this would be a good start! Looks healthy and yeah, I'm a fan of the trunk. It's not perfect, but I think it's workable...
  6. Clorgan

    Lovely little Potentilla

    Ordered this shohin potentilla from Shoka Bonsai - I love it! Think it's got a lovely trunk line, great nebari and looks super healthy. And it came in a beautiful pot! Really pleased with it and excited to see where it can go. No immediate plans, but I can see this becoming a favourite of mine...
  7. vonklutch

    My poor trees.

    Hi everyone, new here, new in general I like what you've done with the place. I am the owner of two very sad little trees who have suffered a mix of abuse, and I'm trying to help them pull through. Long story short, my wife and I recently purchased a house in the country and in our first year...
  8. Maw

    My trees 🌴🌳🌲🌵🌱

    Hi everyone, I am new to this forum and wanted to share my trees. 👋 The trees are Chinese Privat, Ficus brothers and sister, Brush Cherry and Serissa Foetida(snow rose) I have been into bonsai for over 1 year now. I got really happy seeing the flower on the Serissa yesterday! 😍 Tips...
  9. SeedlingMeg

    Chinese Elm Newbie... think I have a few problems

    Hi all! I'm completely new to this hobby. I received a bonsai as a present in late august! From the information I've gathered it seems that it was ordered online but other than that I have no more context on where it came from. It's a Chinese Elm, that is (unconfirmed) 7 years old. I'll just...
  10. rollwithak

    Where do you buy online???

    Hey Bonsai Community. Forgive if there is a thread similar to this but I was unable to find. I wanted to get people's opinions and suggestions about sites online that are helpful and good when it comes to ordering supplies from basic materials all the way to bonsai specific hardware. So...
  11. Atom#28

    "Old Gold" - Help me please?

    I picked out this Old Gold Juniper at a box store after shamelessly feeling nebari through about 20 nursery pots. I love the trunk movement, and I feel like there are lots of options. I want to take this one really slow and methodical, so all I've done so far is some light cleaning. There is...
  12. C

    New bonsai, any advice welcome!

    Hello! New member here, would appreciate your thoughts and any advice on this bonsai. Couple of yellow leaves but overall looks healthy to me. Planning on leaving it in this pot for a few more years to thicken up. Thanks for your time
  13. L

    IDENTIFICATION / STYLING Help

    Hi, I'm new to bonsai trees and have no experience with them whatsoever. My father just brought me home this bonsai and I'm trying to look up some information on care etc. However I have no idea what kind of tree it is, there was no tag or anything with it just the price and 'small bonsai'...
  14. M

    Found a layered plant and want to start bonsai

    Hello all, newbie here and working on an almost non existent budget for hobbies such as this. I am a newbie to bonsai and gardening in general. I do research extensively via google and learn as much as I can. So working with my zero budget I have been eyeing some bushes that would seem cool...
  15. C

    Help/Advice - Florida Maple Bonsai Tree

    Hey All, I got my shovel and scooped up a few Maple tree saplings the other day from the yard and I was hoping to get some advice on what to do with them. I know the pots aren't traditional bonsai pots and all i had at the time was potting soil.Can anyone tell me what I should do next to get...
  16. sparklemotion

    How to ask a good question about a tree

    Welcome to the Nuthouse! We are excited that you've decided to jump into the hobby, and are looking forward to help you do what's best for your tree. You can save our time and yours by answering some of these questions up front. This isn't an official list or anything, but chances are if your...
  17. C

    Yellow colored water draining out from Bonsai?!

    Hello Bonsai Nuts, Im a newbie to bonsai, found my first (and only still) Juniper Bonsai while browsing a random nursery i found and It was love at first sight. Since then Ive been doing my best to learn everything I can to take proper care of my little Bonsai, and i was doing pretty ok i...
  18. C

    Bonsai Fever

    Hello, I have caught the bonsai fever. I just pruned my first portulacaria Afra. I’m debating on making it a single trunk. I included two pics. Looking forward to the feedback. Thank you, CH
  19. M

    New to Bonsai - Indoor Ficus Ginseng Tree Help.

    Hi, I am totally new to Bonsai in general and have acquired an unknown age Ficus Ginseng Tree. Recently, the tree has dropped its leaves (both old and new) even the smallest knock will make them drop. The stems are becoming rather bare (see images). I read online that this particular...
  20. Nadkid

    Advice for pruning dwarf Hinoki Cypress

    Hi all, This is my first post on this forum, though I expect to be much more active with the amount of questions I'm sure to have. Anyway, this is my first Bonsai, purchased from a seller for a clean $15. He said it was a "California Golden Cypress", though I think that may just be a misnomer...
  21. Spencer

    Identify my bonsai

    I'm new to bonsai and I need to know what kind of tree I have that way I can care for it properly.
  22. Christa

    starting from seed

    Hi! I am as new to bonsai as can possibly be and I don't have much gardening experience either. I always wanted to grow bonsai's though, so it is time. Me and my cousin got this package deal with 16 different kind of trees and about 90 seeds. So any tips on where to start? I suppose it...
  23. KLefty

    Arizona Bonsai

    Hello. I'm new to bonsai. I picked up a couple trees, repotted them, but haven't worked with them much yet. One is a Japanese Boxwood. Ya see, Arizona summers are hot and dry. Winters can be cold and wet. I know that dudicious trees are supposed to be outside to go through the natural cycle of...
  24. L

    Ficus question.

    This is my first post on this forum, and I'm pretty new to the bonsai game. I got a tree today that I could use some advice on. It's a ficus (not sure what one), with a lot of deadwood on it. From what I understand, the deadwood has been untreated for a couple years and it still pretty solid...
  25. Elisa

    Starting from scratch

    Hi all, I've been wanting to start growing bonsai forever, and I think I'll finally be ready to do so this fall. I've done a fair bit of reading, and I'm receiving a lot of contrasting opinions - so thought I would try and collect some ideas. I'm based in the UK, so would preferably start on...
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