Liana bonsai?

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I've seen some really cool pictures of liana's like entada rheedii and entada gigas. Does anyone know if it's possible to bonsai these? I've seen wisteria and grape bonsai which are both liana's. 8a5ea214a93278f7d83101f201c2c533.jpgCge5Jl6UMAAVxWC.jpg
 

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Somebody from a tropical climate will need to reply. My "internet knowledge" of genus Entada suggest it's habit would not be easy to tame for bonsai. Large compound leaves that won't reduce enough, ridiculously large seed pods, rampant growth rate, and require full sun, humidity and warm temperatures.

If you live where you can grow it outdoors, you should give it a try. Chances are fair it will be a problem, but maybe not. Please keep us posted on your progress.
 

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Fascinating, ive never heard of the dream bean. Sounds like it doesn't make you high, only vivid dreams?

I did read that they form thick trunks quickly, growing to the size of "a small tree trunk", so I imagine you could pull off a large composition somewhat believably. Go for it!
 

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Welcome to Crazy!

That's dope!

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it's habit would not be easy to tame for bonsai. Large compound leaves that won't reduce enough, ridiculously large seed pods, rampant growth rate, and require full sun, humidity and warm temperatures.
You mixing up with Wisteria, for sure :p

Does anyone know if it's possible to bonsai these?
Dunno, so I am just going to point out something obvious: In the end, many plants can be used for bonsai. Some have more, some have fewer characteristics that make them less suited. That does not mean you cannot enjoy them in a pot. If you like the species, why not give it a go?

Examples of species often seen as unrealistic, yet with technique do make interesting trees
Edible fig tree: Coarse growth habit, large leaves. Rarely seen as bonsai. But a few amazing specimens have been grown
Horse chestnut: VERY large leaves, prone to fungal growth, very course growth habit. Seen some amazing shohin which I was told would be impossible
 

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You mixing up with Wisteria, for sure :p


Dunno, so I am just going to point out something obvious: In the end, many plants can be used for bonsai. Some have more, some have fewer characteristics that make them less suited. That does not mean you cannot enjoy them in a pot. If you like the species, why not give it a go?

Examples of species often seen as unrealistic, yet with technique do make interesting trees
Edible fig tree: Coarse growth habit, large leaves. Rarely seen as bonsai. But a few amazing specimens have been grown
Horse chestnut: VERY large leaves, prone to fungal growth, very course growth habit. Seen some amazing shohin which I was told would be impossible

No, I am not mixing Entada up with Wisteria. Wisteria is "small and dainty" compared to Entada. Wisteria is quite successful as a bonsai, I have a Wisteria myself. There are many, many images of wisteria as bonsai. There are no photos that I could find of Entada as bonsai. Entada has large leaves, vines that can run for 75 meters, that is over 225 feet. The seed pods can be 5 to 6 feet long. It is a giant thing. But internet says the flowers have a pleasant smell. So there is that.

But hey, the OP should try to grow it. See if it is as difficult to control as I think it might be. I could be wrong, and it could be the "new tropical replacement for Wisteria".
 

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No, I am not mixing Entada up with Wisteria. Wisteria is "small and dainty" compared to Entada. Wisteria is quite successful as a bonsai, I have a Wisteria myself. There are many, many images of wisteria as bonsai. There are no photos that I could find of Entada as bonsai. Entada has large leaves, vines that can run for 75 meters, that is over 225 feet. The seed pods can be 5 to 6 feet long. It is a giant thing. But internet says the flowers have a pleasant smell. So there is that.

But hey, the OP should try to grow it. See if it is as difficult to control as I think it might be. I could be wrong, and it could be the "new tropical replacement for Wisteria".
it really was a tongue-in-cheeck remark, hope that was clear!

6 feet long pods. That would be a tad large!
 

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