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Old 06-04-2014, 03:45 PM
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I spent some time today tending to my small family of Bonsai.
The oldest is "Papa-San" - a Ficus benjamina that I first started training (torturing?) in the 70's.
He has been potted in this same 8"x 6"x 2" pot for all of that time (repeatedly root-pruned and re-potted).
The foliage is gradually growing in smaller, but, aesthetically speaking, the leaves are still "over-sized".
Maybe 40 more years will achieve the desired effect?

The other Ficus in the group I call "Mama-San" (so corny, I know ).
She started off as a large-ish cutting that I pruned from Papa-San and then rooted on a whim - that was over 30 years ago.
My primary goal was to give Papa-San some weather-beaten character by creating a prominent scar (the scar shows in the pic above).
The rest of the "family" includes a Juniper, 2 Ligustrums and the "baby" is this 4 year old Bougainvillea -
Clearly, I've got a very, very long way to go on this one .... guess I'd better watch my health.
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Old 06-04-2014, 04:59 PM
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Very beautiful bonsai plants, Zuzu's Petals! And thanks for sharing. Love the unique shapes of them all. Cute pink star at the base of the Bougainvillea for added interest. Very inspiring.


Going to try to make a couple new bonsai plants from the wisteria cuttings I root because I want a braided twisted vine but the stems on my existing wisteria are too tough and woody-ish. Love when the trunks are coiled and twisted.
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Old 06-05-2014, 07:34 AM
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From what I understand, Japanese maples do well as bonsai and are quite beautiful.
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Old 06-05-2014, 07:45 AM
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I heard the same thing, Aikoheiwa. I'm looking to get one and try it.
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Old 06-05-2014, 09:55 AM
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I really admire the patience and creativity you ladies have to create such beautiful bonsais. Zuzus petals - I especially like how you created a scar on papa-san's trunk to give it character and make it look weathered!
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Old 06-05-2014, 10:56 AM
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Yes, the scarring is awesome! I love trunks on bonsai plants that look unique and cool like that.


This morning, I untied my wisteria 'tree' from the stake and spiralled it round and round the stake instead. Want it to have a spiral coiled look over the years. Another great look is braiding. Gonna try this on some other types I'm starting from cuttings and seeds.


I would love to bonsai a Japanese Red Maple. Had some seedlings growing awhile back but I gave them all away. Although the seeds don't grow true to the parent plant, the seedlings I had were red and gorgeous. Would love to grow some again but may have to settle for a small nursery variety instead.
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Old 06-05-2014, 11:16 AM
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sounds like you can make almost anything into a Bonsai.
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Old 06-05-2014, 11:42 AM
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Kind thanks to each for your kind remarks on my funky Bonsai "family", working on them is a fun project and I know that you are really going to enjoy carrying out all of your plans, HollyberryLady.
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Old 06-05-2014, 12:10 PM
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Let me know how it goes. I have supplies to make bonsai but my first tree died before I could do anything.
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Old 06-05-2014, 03:20 PM
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Thanks for the support, you guys.


I'm gonna look for a small Japanese Red Maple at the nursery on Saturday. If I don't find a suitable one, I'm going to collect seeds in Fall and germinate some trees myself. I've done this in the past and it's too fun.


More soon...
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you have some very beautiful plants on here they are very beautiful
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