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question...could you do a red mangrove? I fucking love the root patterns of them. I just love red mangroves being around them all the time. I got no idea about bonsai trees but I have always admired them.

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Great idea. I did a websearch and found an article about using one in a aquarium so I imagine you could create a minature silt and salt water base (maybe with a pump for circulation) and just train it. I guess it would be like a small scale hydro op.

 

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Here is the article for you.

 

http://www.peteducation.com/article.cfm?c=16+2159&aid=3133

 

hmmm thanks. I guess it would be hard considering the see that starts is already like 6 inches. I got no problem giving i a try. I find it funny there is a web site talking about using them in aquariums...considering at least in my area if you damage one or are transporting a seedling its like a 15,000 dollar fine. Protected sonsofabeitches.

 

edit : never mind I actually read further and I didnt know they breed them in nurseries for private use. AWESOME!!

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Here's another project of mine. It's called a Flame Tree (Delonix Regula) real common in South Africa where my fam is from. I hope to have something like this one day. Pic is stolen.

 

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This is it wild outdoors.

 

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This is mine at 4 years. I slacked on pruning. Don;t slack on pruning if you want to have something nice.

 

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Shortfuse is the American Mangrove being protected a new thing?? Seems they were all over the place when I used to go to Florida as a kid.

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In my area on the water theyre protected. Every since I can remember theyve been extremely strict if you have a seed and or any other part of their plants. Im just going to order one out of cali. Theyre cheap pods. Never knew that they breed them in a nursery. I was just gonna grab one while kayaking one day.

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Here's another project of mine. It's called a Flame Tree (Delonix Regula) real common in South Africa where my fam is from. I hope to have something like this one day. Pic is stolen.

 

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this is amazing. good stuff, man.

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^^cool-ass tree!! reminds me of the maples around where i live in the fall...

 

today i took a cutting from a japanese maple and a red plum tree. we'll see what happens.

i also repotted my red cedar that i pulled out of the wild a few months ago. it's got a lot of character for a little tree.

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i hope i can keep this one alive. one day it might be as cool as this.

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just thought i'd share and keep this going.

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You can do really sick aerial roots with just about any tropic tree/plant.

 

A little of this and you can have roots anywhere you want.

 

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I'm in the process of purchasing a bonsai. I'm trying to find a tree that looks like a scaled down large, old Oak tree if possible. I am then going to be building a scaled down model tree house in the bonsai. Hopefully all goes well. I will post pics once I purchase the tree and the process which will be within a fortnight.

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Thats a pretty sweet idea. Good luck with it, post pics when your done.

 

I have had a few bonsais over the years and the best for me have been yamadori, the ones collected from the wild. If your lucky enough to live near mountain like me there are TONS of potential species available. Mostly pine species and junipers but with the extreme conditions of the mountains the best thing to do is get your self a pail of dirt, dig up a tree and bring it home. Also collecting moss is from lets say a river bank or something like that looks gret near the bonsai as well as keeps moisture in the soil.

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i've been harvesting a lot of little wild trees this spring. got a privet and put it in my bonsai pot a couple of weeks ago and it's already off to a good start...i'll try to get some flicks in here soon.

 

if your mom's got a japanese maple it ain't much to get some rooting hormone and take a few cuttings. in a matter of a few weeks or a month you'll have some little trees.

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it's dope...and you get to pick trees with character that you want to build on. i've got probably close to twenty now, and i'm going to let almost all of them hang out for about a year and get comfortable before i start to move them into bonsai pots and wash roots, etc. it just depends on the species and how hardy it is. get them soon though, and they'll probably do well with the rest of the growing season to get acclimated.

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Sometimes you can rescue some very interesting things from the local garden centre at home depot and places like that. Or if your in a city with lots of old abandoned buildings look around there too. A friend of mine has a CRAZY juniper that used to be infront of some lab. Its atleast 50-60 years old and is all twisted and junk. One night he went over there and dug it up, pruned it and has has it ever since. That tree pretty much got me into bonsai in the first place.

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i've been getting more serious about this...thought i'd share my progression..

this privet is the only one in a proper dish right now. grows like a weed. the rest i'll let grow for the year and repot next spring.

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my little nursery. i got a wisteria the other day. crepe myrtles last week. lots of red cedars and some more privet for a forest scene.

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i love the trunkline on this cedar. no homo

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my cuttings. three japanese maple (on green, two red), a mountain laurel and a red plum.

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my green maple after two and a half/three weeks. it's started to stand back up and hopefully has some roots down there. again, no homo...

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we'll see what happens. let's see some trees..

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One of my neighbors is/was a gardener ... he has some trees in the front yard that he is constantly working on. I have missed 2 good photo ops so far thinking of posting in this thread.

 

I will get some pics when I can. I'm waiting to get some with him working out there, rather than just the yard/trees.

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I thought this guy had died last fall (recall I have terrible luck with bonsais) but it has come back quite nicely.

 

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you guys ever get into the low stress training?

my dad used to bonsai way back in the day

and used copper wire to shape the branches.

always looks very cool.

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