My Tiniest tree, What are you trying that's new??

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Purchased my very first pre-bonsai nursery stock tree. A Hokkaido Chinese elm tree. I repotted into Hoffman bonsai soil and placed it in a slightly larger pot and I’m keeping it in shade and slowly letting sun get to it. Letting it grow this year and develop a trunk
Nice little trees.
But.
Stick it in full sun. It's a Chinese elm sport. So full sun.
They tend to grow kind of slow to build trunks.
They are brittle. Wiring is just about useless for styling. So learn how to do clip and grow.
Get a good set of shears. You'll be using them a lot.
Be ready to be a bud rubber. It's going to want to pop buds out on the trunk everytime you cut something off.
They are superb mame or shohin sized trees because of the leaf size. The tiniest of all elms.
It's an elm so don't hesitate to treat it like one. It looks fragile but except for being brittle isn't really. That means it will grow roots like mad. It will be easy to repot. If you cut something off and decide you shouldn't have don't worry. It will probably grow back.
Nice little trees actually. Fascinating in their miniatureness.
 
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Wisteria. This one comes and goes depending on the heat. Right now it is in pretty good shape. I have almost thrown it out a couple of times.
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Nice little trees.
But.
Stick it in full sun. It's a Chinese elm sport. So full sun.
They tend to grow kind of slow to build trunks.
They are brittle. Wiring is just about useless for styling. So learn how to do clip and grow.
Get a good set of shears. You'll be using them a lot.
Be ready to be a bud rubber. It's going to want to pop buds out on the trunk everytime you cut something off.
They are superb mame or shohin sized trees because of the leaf size. The tiniest of all elms.
It's an elm so don't hesitate to treat it like one. It looks fragile but except for being brittle isn't really. That means it will grow roots like mad. It will be easy to repot. If you cut something off and decide you shouldn't have don't worry. It will probably grow back.
Nice little trees actually. Fascinating in their miniatureness.
Thank you Mike. I just purchased and potted it a week ago this is why I put it in shade. I have it in almost full sun now but my backyard is wooded currently so I give it the sunniest spot I can. It was in a greenhouse when I got it too. I just want to introduce it slowly to the sun.
I will stop babying it per your advice and go ahead with trimming and styling it as a shohin whilst keeping it in the large pot for more roots and slow trunk development.
Very much appreciate the advice!
 

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Thank you Mike. I just purchased and potted it a week ago this is why I put it in shade. I have it in almost full sun now but my backyard is wooded currently so I give it the sunniest spot I can. It was in a greenhouse when I got it too. I just want to introduce it slowly to the sun.
I will stop babying it per your advice and go ahead with trimming and styling it as a shohin whilst keeping it in the large pot for more roots and slow trunk development.
Very much appreciate the advice!
If they could take winters here I'd have a bunch of Hokkaido elms.
 
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While I usually prefer larger material, found these at a local nursery a few weeks back and couldn't resist... Guess I'm hopping on the shohin wagon after all

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Ulmus parvifolia "Hokkaido" & Pinus mugo "Valley Cushion"

Psyched that I found some Hokkaido elm close to home, and "Valley Cushion" Is a dwarf cultivar of Mugo Pine which only has inch-long needles.
Guess I can have some fun with these little ones while I wait for my larger stuff to grow out
 
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I have a twin Hokkaido elm I just bought too. E0E7FC87-0204-4685-AD78-712811E44739.jpeg
I potted mine in a larger pot and I’m just going to let it get a trunk this year.
I’ll be interested to see what you do with your yours.
I just picked up a blue star juniper
A Canadian hemlock- which I think looks like a duck as it is now, lol
And a Cotoneaster
I’ve slip potted all 3 up a size for growth this year but plan on pruning them tomorrow.
Any ideas on shapes would be greatly appreciated!
 

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Where did you get this little one? I’ve been looking for an erodium lately but don’t quite know where to find one. I figured I could find them at a standard local nursery
I got it on eBay from a fairy garden supplier 2 years ago. It looked like this...
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Here an erodium I'm building from the bottom down. Repotting into a slightly larger pot each year and sitting it on top of the new soil. The roots spread out into the larger pot expanding the root spread. This adds to the taper and height of the trunk. IMG_1867.JPG
 

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