What’s your latest Bonsai related purchase?

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Father’s Day visit to specialty conifer nursery I’m a eastern Canadian hemlock fan . Could not turn these down coles prostrate cultivar slow growing weeping prostrate cultivar first thoughts are . Root over a small rock mane semi cascade. Or just plant it I. The pot of a large wild collected tree anyway nice daughter father afternoon trip
 

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Some very nice stuff . Lucky you only way you get Yamadori around here is first wear out some hiking boots . Then dig and recover them yourself . No Yamadori store 😂😂🤷‍♂️🤷‍♂️🤷‍♂️ But good for the waistline
There’s none by me either. Sending a truck for a 3500 mile journey to grab them though!
 

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I bought a bag each of 100% organic compost (mostly pine bark) , Tractor Supply Safe T Sorb and Napa 8822. Dried the compost on a tarp in the sun and sieved all three ingredients. I actually find sieving to be relaxing. Fines go into my homemade potting mix for collected trees. I was down to my last gallon of soil. I'm a bit early, but ready to go when spring comes.
 

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This weekend I visited a tree nursery where the owner is specialized in rather exceptional trees. A prunus mume was on my wish list for quite a few time. I found this vigorous mume beni-chi-dori for 50$, which has served there for quite a few years as mother tree. I was rather attracted to the movement and taper at the base of the tree, which promises a nice bonsai tree - after some hard work.

My first step would be to to an urgent uppot, since the tree is so high that it tends to fall over, causing a rsik of damaging the tree. That was also the advice of the former owner.

The analysis of the possible nebari will be postponed to a future date. Real repot is scheduled for late winter, early spring.

I have a few questions:

- how old would this tree be?
- any suggestions on ideal soil composition?
- can u guys distinguish a graft ?
- is it now a good time to try to take cuttings? What would be the correct way to handle that?
- where would you make the trunk chop? What would be a good time to execute this chop?
- any suggestions for future styling?


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My first idea was to make the chops here, but I am not so sure. The huge branch of the left is causing a rather ugly swelling. Looking forward to suggestions of the expert panel present here. Thanks in advance.

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Picea glauca "Conica"

I tried, never done it before but saw countless tutorials on Youtube that made it look so easy.

I struggled a bit, as this one wasnt all that big, and the base of the Trunk has a weird shape, so I got rid of some of the lower branches to expose the normal maintrunk!
 

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LunaticTree

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This weekend I visited a tree nursery where the owner is specialized in rather exceptional trees. A prunus mume was on my wish list for quite a few time. I found this vigorous mume beni-chi-dori for 50$, which has served there for quite a few years as mother tree. I was rather attracted to the movement and taper at the base of the tree, which promises a nice bonsai tree - after some hard work.

My first step would be to to an urgent uppot, since the tree is so high that it tends to fall over, causing a rsik of damaging the tree. That was also the advice of the former owner.




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This one doesnt look to bad, you even have a cute little branch on the side you could keep. It has a nice shape!
You surely will make it a pretty Tree!

I am only a Landscapegardener so all the Questions I answered to you from the perspective/Experience of one!
- how old would this tree be? --------- The Tree looks to be around 11-14 years, as they dont grow that fast
- any suggestions on ideal soil composition? -------------- It doesnt have any specific requirements for soil, regular soil is fine. I dont know much about Bonsai soils sadly
- can u guys distinguish a graft ? -------------- I dont see a graft on it, unless that weirdly shaped taper all the way at the bottom is the graft, even so, it is well hidden!
- is it now a good time to try to take cuttings? What would be the correct way to handle that? ---------------- good time would be autumn/early spring, when you are sure there is no frost. Would avoid cuting it in the middle of Summer, it wont heal well.
- where would you make the trunk chop? What would be a good time to execute this chop? ----------- The red lines you showed dont look to bad for the Start, keep in mind, they grow pretty slow, so it might take a while to see some big overallchanges in aperance!
- any suggestions for future styling? ---------- Thats pretty much the only thing I cant answer hahaha, but I would just repot, cut, and see what the Tree does!
 
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Bought 3 trees at the Puget Sound Bonsai Assn auction. 1) Cotoneaster, 2) Hokkaido Chinese Elm forest with a fabulous rock, 3) Trident Maple pre-bonsai. We're having fun now!
 

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I got a pair of little ceramic candle holders at goodwill for a couple bucks each. Cleaned them out really well then proceeded to drill them and put some JM seedlings in them. These should serve as these little ones pots for years to come. This is part of my mame from seed experiment. The green JM were grown on my window sill inside. They were started under t5 lights in my bonsai soil mix and were seldomly fertilized to keep the internodes tight. It has seemed to work. 2E0D5B13-12A8-4761-9BFB-D27C1B040F2A.jpeg
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