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Jun 3, 2018 12:57 PM CST
Around late December or early January I got a bonsai tree seed kit. I planted them and weeded them out for the strongest one. That one has been going strong for a couple of montths. But I left for a week for vacation with my family and asked my neighbor to care for my plants. When I came back everything else looked good but this little bonsai looked as if it was hanging on by a thread. I really don't want to start over and was wondering if you guys have any tips to revive it? Thank you!
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Jun 3, 2018 2:04 PM CST
That looks like a pine tree seedling. If the needles are still soft, it has a chance at survival. There's nothing you can do, beyond normal care, to make it live.

Your tree has many years to go before it can be considered a bonsai. Bonsai is a pruning and training style and has nothing to do with pot size. Your tree will not be able to grow into a bonsai tree unless you find it a much bigger pot (but don't do any repotting until its healthy).

Those tiny pots are the end of the process, many many years down the line.
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Jun 3, 2018 3:02 PM CST
Knowing what little I know about bonsai, the Japanese art of tree
Miniaturization, it takes lots of years to achieve the effect. Certain plants lend themselves to becoming bonsai candidates. As far as I know, enthusiasts buy them as small plants and then spend years working with them.
I do not think that there is any such thing as bonsai seeds.
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