Yes, that's what I meant as well. Sorry if there was any confusion.Just to be clear I was not suggesting you ignore the project trees you have I was suggesting that it's time for you to do both. I believe the more expensive "finished" trees will bring you enjoyment while you take the time to wait for the trees you already have to become something. Adding a few finished trees will help you see things differently and will help inspire you to stick with it...because you have tangable evidence of what can be done over time.
So i was suggesting doing both... but focusing on getting a few established trees to really appreciate as well.
I respectfully disagree.... My first bonsai was a $450 Maple... that still lives.... I was motivated by its cost to keep it alive... and have successfully done so. That motivation was the fuel for the comment. I remarked about spending the time to look for more established material due to the fact that one can spend the time saving the money in small amounts looking for the appropriate material to work with in those kinds of situations. I will add tho that I had the help of many great friends My Wife, Will and Daniel all to help me learn and learn quickly, but this not something that can't be gained from finding an experienced bonsai person to work with at a local club, etc.As far as buying a $150 tree right off the bat, go for it if you don't mind watching it die.
I believe it was Winston Churchill who said, "Play for more than you can afford to lose, and you will learn the game."I respectfully disagree.... My first bonsai was a $450 Maple... that still lives.... I was motivated by its cost to keep it alive... and have successfully done so.
This is a pic from the Fall when I purchased the tree some 2 years ago. As you can see I got a great deal on the tree. But it needs some work to become more "natural" looking.I'd like to see the tree too.
It was huge... and a rare case.It was cool that you had others to come along side you and help. Many of us don't have that in the begining. That is huge!
I totally agree 110% when doing this early on.. find someone who can teach you how to buy a tree. This is a skill I believe that should be learned early on in ones bonsai career, sooner than later.As far as going out and spending $450 on a first tree. Please don't go out and do that on your own. You will very likely spend way too much for a tree. It is vital in my humble opinion to take some experts with you to help if you are thinking about throwing down some major mula.
As RockM already said it is true that $10 tree can become great works of bonsai. We have all seen that as a trueism. This is more the exception and not the rule. Spotting these trees can only be learned however by training yourself to see the potential. Even if you don't buy $150 stock... at least learn what $150 stock looks like. [ the price is irrelevant i only use it as a model ]The price of a tree or piece of material is not relevant to the quality or the resulting bonsai. I have seen great material for under 10 bucks and some real crap for over a hundred bucks.
Train the eye, not the checkbook.
EXACTLY!!!I believe it was Winston Churchill who said, "Play for more than you can afford to lose, and you will learn the game."
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