Inexpensive satsuki azalea

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Not all satsuki azaleas from Japan are expensive. Likewise, just because you are buying an inexpensive tree DOESN'T mean you shouldn't expect a strong design. Check out this azalea currently listed on Midori-To-Kurasu.com for $40.



Would you pay $40 for this tree? In the U.S. this tree would do well at a shohin exhibition.
 

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that is a sweet lil tree...I have seen few places to buy satsuki in my area and have looked online as a last resort. I found this place http://sonomahort.com/azalea_info.htm but have yet to order from them. They do not have pictures and that irks me. I really am just looking for stock and not fnished bonsai but if any of you have any ideas or leads....please post them.
 

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Well, if you are ever visiting the L.A. area they are available at many nurseries for standard landscaping prices. At San Gabriel Nursery they have a ton of them (dozens of varieties). I tend to have trouble with azaleas - their roots are fibrous and tender and they need acidic soil. Though I have been tempted, I haven't bought a satsuki in years.
 

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I have one, bought as a starter, It's a mass of trunks? at the moment. I'm planing to slowly trim it back to one upright? Over the next 5 yrs or so. I want the finished product to look like this


Well, I can dream can't I?
 

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I have only attempted an azalea once but here we have very hard tap water so azaleas don't do as well as some of us here would like. I ended up giving the azalea to my grandmother lol
 

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Bonsai Outlaw,
I realize the post was from a month and a half ago but if still looking around http://www.miniplantkingdom.com/ has quite a selection of azaleas.
 

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hi there im new to this bonsai thing and i like that azalea that you have posted up on here where could i buy something like that at that price so if you could give me some info on where i could get my hand on it that would be great
 

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I always like to shop at landscape nurseries. The stock is often more mature and the prices a bit more reasonable. You're not going to find a potential masterpiece (see the many various posts on this site) Here is an azalea I picked up for under $15. I bought it earlier this winter and haven't touched it yet.

Actually, I planned to post this to get suggestions. I may make it a slanting, wind swept or banyan style. I'm not sure if I should keep to the two branches that look a little like trunks (or maybe, they're small trunks that look like branches). If anyone has some suggestions, it would be appreciated.
 

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thinkimg of a Autumn Moon azalea

I think azaleas are very nice bonsai material. I dont have alot of experiance with them but I know they require acidic soil and I water mine with rain water or water from a spring nearby. I am going to try a Autumn Moon azalea from New England bonsai does anyone have a experiance ordering pre bonsai from them are the plants healthy when you order from them ? The reason I am asking is because last year I orderd a Deshojo red maple from another company and it lived maybe a month and died. I think maples are beautiful trees but I will never order another.
 

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I agree that this tree would be a good buy at $40. As far as doing well at an exhibit... That's another story. Looks like a good start, but this tree needs quite a bit of refining. After a few years of work it may be nice, but I would not even consider showing the tree as it is now.

Jon
 

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