Ask a Question forum: Anyone want to sell a bonsai plant?

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Name: Brenden Reinhart
Flushing Michigan (Zone 6b)
Feb 15, 2016 12:32 PM CST
I turned to you guys hoping some one may have 1 they would like to sell. I'm not the richest, but am interested in trying 1 out. I looked all over online but my concise told me to come here first
Name: Jennifer
48036 MI (Zone 6b)
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Feb 15, 2016 12:36 PM CST
Try this forum.
Name: Brenden Reinhart
Flushing Michigan (Zone 6b)
Feb 15, 2016 12:44 PM CST
O wow didn't know that was there..... ty
Name: Tom Cagle
SE-OH (Zone 6a)
Old, fat, and gardening in OH
Feb 15, 2016 2:25 PM CST
Bonsai is not a cultivar of tree. it is a training method. Without the skills in place to care for your new tree in a tray. You are going to spend hundreds if not thousands of dollars to no good end.

Rather than rewrite an entish version of War & Peace. Search of the net for an active bonsai forum. and read around some.

In the spring look to your local "Free-Cycle" or "Craigs List" for a boxwood or juniper that a remodeler wants taken away. Dig out a big old fat stump and get to work. Your sweat equity should make you unwilling to neglect your investment.
free for them in need:
Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
Not all who wander are lost
Garden Sages Plant Identifier
Feb 15, 2016 3:00 PM CST
The fun of bonsai is creating one but the creating is never done. It's not a stagnant art form; the plants continue to grow and, in my case, change as things get broken or I see a new possibility. Read a couple books or find a bonsai class at the local nursery. Plants that want to be small are the easiest to bonsai but anything can be. I wander around and look for seedlings that I can (ask permission to) dig up. I look for seedlings that are especially twiggy for their size. You can learn to take short cuts by buying a tree or shrub and pruning it back. But you have to learn to "see" what a plant is suggesting and then growing it to become that vision.

I took some classes and also read a lot. My favorite book is:

"The Japanese Art of Miniature Trees and Landscapes" by Yuji Yoshimura and Giovanna M. Halford

I would start with something like a 1 gallon size Mugo Pine.

Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and proclaiming...."WOW What a Ride!!" -Mark Frost


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