Heck, these specialty species are a challenge even for us experienced guys.Most Ume bonsai shown in books, online displays etc are generally very old yamadori, or extremely well crafted trees that are also old. Super expensive, and out of reach for someone who has to ask how to find them.
Get a few years of some of the more commonly used species under your belt before you get into the more difficult types.
I think one of the misconceptions that newer folks get with Ume/malus/flowering is that you get this amazing piece of material and every year its just a kokufu level show of flowers, when there is a specific way to prune, fertilize etc. and often time years in between “shows”.Heck, these specialty species are a challenge even for us experienced guys.
Dont let it discourage you.Oh well thanks everyone for the advise
Lol I have for the past 2 months about bonsai People here think that I think I can make good bonsai even though I know I can’t and probably not for at least 5 years. I thought that the ume would be an easy material to get and maintain. I only have 5 bonsai for now and I want more so I can work and get more experience on different trees . I’m guessing just easy stuff at Lowe’s or local plants i should start with then . Also is bonsai nut a good place to share my trees personally and get people’s opinions on them ?Dont let it discourage you.
Bonsai is a hobby (lifestyle?) of patience, and time.
I can Tell by your post that you’re enthusiastic, and that’s good I just want to temper your expectations- Because I was the same way when I first started (although I didnt visit a bonsai forum then).
Buy a cheap flowering cherry tree slap some wire on it and twist it into a bonsai. Close enough to an Ume for now
Lol I have for the past 2 months about bonsai People here think that I think I can make good bonsai even though I know I can’t and probably not for at least 5 years. I thought that the ume would be an easy material to get and maintain. I only have 5 bonsai for now and I want more so I can work and get more experience on different trees . I’m guessing just easy stuff at Lowe’s or local plants i should start with then . Also is bonsai nut a good place to share my trees personally and get people’s opinions on them ?
Lol I know what “bonsai” your talking about . I couldn’t find any bigger seedlings but a couple days I did and I was so mad. I need to go to a nursery and get a couple trees and work with that because lately I never did thatyes, its a great place to share. Just keep in mind that a seedling in a pot may be called a bonsai, but many enthusiasts may not consider it “bonsai” and you may get the response of “throw it in the ground for 5 years”- which is how some choose to grow and develop bonsai.
Alot of quality bonsai are grown from cheap stuff you would find at lowes- it just takes a long time.
I found the Kiln Wife! Pourthiaea villosaUme = flowering plum, also called flowering apricot - the common names are misleading, it is not a plum and not an apricot. The botanical name for ume is Prunus mume, and it is widely available in USA bonsai circles. It is a unique species that is clearly in genus Prunus, but has features that make it distinctly different than either plum or apricot. It is grown for its flower in bonsai, but in Asia it is grown for its fruit which are often dried or pickled in a salty brine.
Karin = Pseudocydonia sinensis - Chinese quince - this is another that is pretty widely used in USA for bonsai. It is better for medium to large size bonsai, in the meter tall range. For smaller bonsai, use the flowering quince, Chaenomeles species and hybrids. Evergreen Gardenworks has a wide selection of Chaenomeles from cuttings. Affordable and excellent bonsai.
Kamatsuma - I am uncertain what botanical species this Japanese name translates to. Google translate yielded nonsense, "kiln wife" likely an idiom.
While generally species native to Japan do grow reasonably well in New Jersey, don't forget the many North American native species for bonsai. There is nothing magical about using Japanese natives, other than there are "pretty pictures" of them as bonsai.
One of the better sources of cutting grown (no ugly grafts) younger plants for bonsai is Evergreen Gardenworks.
really? I have never seen them in garden centres!
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