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  1. Bonsai boo

    Strange plant friends…

    Hello Everyone! Yesterday I was gifted a very lovely bonsai (that I have absolutely no idea how to look after, so any tips would be greatly appreciated). Anyway, I discovered that the bonsai came with friends and I like them but I’m concerned that they could be weeds? But they don't look like...
  2. D

    Tool kit recommendations

    Does anyone have any recommendations for an affordable tool kit for beginners? Ideally, I am looking for a 6 or 7 piece set. I was originally thinking stainless steel, but am open to carbon steel, too. Admittedly, while I am experienced with growing plants, I am quite the novice at bonsai and...
  3. Mr.Dr.K

    Novice: Chinease Elm. Advice and thoughts?

    This is my 1st and only Bonsai which was gifted to me about 2.5 years ago. At first I didn't know much about the species of tree, pruning etc... but managed to keep the tree alive and healthy. I don't have pics from when I 1st got it, but it has grow significantly. After reading a little on...
  4. mr_monaco

    Brand new to Bonsai... need some advice.

    Hello all, I am new to the community. I recently purchased this 12 year old Tiger Bark ficus Bonsai (pictured below) after wanting to get into Bonsai for years. I have shears for clipping, a water meter to gauge soil moisture, fertilizers, wire, everything I could possibly need (I think!)...
  5. 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...
  6. R

    Austrian Black Pine Potential Bonsai?

    Hello all, I'm just starting out looking into bonsai, so a complete novice. Bought a tree from a friend, hasnt started out as a bonsai but could I make it into a bonsai? If so how would I go about this? It's about 2ft high. Thanks, Ross
  7. M

    Bonsai near balcony door... did i just kill my bonsai?

    Hello, I live in a small house and now have 5 indoor bonsai that I am really enjoying, one of which is a bilobed Grewia (Grewia Biloba) I got for Christmas. So I set up a stand by the southern window, beside the door to my porch where the rest bonsai tools and pots are. In the past week I...
  8. Z

    Need advice on Chinese juniper

    Just bought this juniper and wired the trunk a bit. Should I prune it and if so, how? Techiniques? Should I let it grow for a while and not touch it? I am new to bonsai and am eager to learn. It's got a bunch of new growth but the branches are long on one side and short on the other...I just...
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