04-16-2018, 02:40 PM
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Here's two I re-potted last week.

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This one I've been making for a little over 2 years.

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this one, about 8 months.

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 04-16-2018, 02:56 PM
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Cool. I love bonsai. I had about 10 trees I was growing as pre-bonsai, and over the years all but one have died. I guess I better start training the last one before it too dies. It’s a trident maple.

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 04-16-2018, 03:59 PM
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Maples are great. I had a couple many years ago. I had an 18 year old Chinese Elm. It was so beautiful, tore me up when it died.
I'm just playing with these, no real loss if they die. Got a picture of yours?

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 04-16-2018, 04:58 PM
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No picture right now. I’ll try to remember to take one tomorrow. Nothing special. Just a small tree in a pot. Funny because it’s about 20 yrs old but just looks like a sapling because I’ve always had it in a pot. No bonsai training on it though, so the limbs grow mostly vertical.

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 04-16-2018, 05:09 PM
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I don't have any bonsai.  I've always been interested in learning more about them.  Those look great Zipper.

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 04-16-2018, 05:56 PM
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Very Cool. I have had a few over the years but had a hard time keeping them going.

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 04-16-2018, 06:42 PM
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Love em.  Coached football in Tokyo and got to watch some masters working .  Your number two really appeals to me and number one reminds me of the white bark pines high on a ridge above the home I grew up in.

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 04-17-2018, 06:49 AM
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(04-16-2018, 06:42 PM)Lipripper60 Wrote: Love em.  Coached football in Tokyo and got to watch some masters working .  Your number two really appeals to me and number one reminds me of the white bark pines high on a ridge above the home I grew up in.

Thanks, I lived in Japan for three years myself. That's where I learned a little about Bonsai. Number one will change dramatically over the next three years. Only one branch will remain as it becomes a very twisted
trunk.

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 04-17-2018, 07:39 AM
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I don’t practice bonsai yet, but I absolutely love it. Well done!

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 04-17-2018, 09:28 AM
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I think this one is old. I took care of it for a few years and then got bored with it. I gave it to my wife and she dotes on it.
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 04-17-2018, 01:01 PM
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(04-17-2018, 09:28 AM)Barrylu Wrote: I think this one is old. I took care of it for a few years and then got bored with it. I gave it to my wife and she dotes on it.
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Nice. The thing I like about Bonsai, I can "garden" without the hot sweating on my knees toiling the soil.

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 04-18-2018, 11:41 AM
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don't own any but surely appreciate the beauty.  I seem to love a lot of Japanese things lately.

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 04-20-2018, 05:57 PM
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Here’s a picture of my Trident Maple pre-bonsai. Maybe I’ll get motivated to repot it and start training it this year.
About 20 years old and been in this pot for a few years, so I’m guessing it has a taproot growing through the bottom.

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 04-21-2018, 03:37 PM
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(04-20-2018, 05:57 PM)vanacres Wrote: Here’s a picture of my Trident Maple pre-bonsai. Maybe I’ll get motivated to repot it and start training it this year.
About 20 years old and been in this pot for a few years, so I’m guessing it has a taproot growing through the bottom.

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I think you should trim a third off the top and a third of the root ball. Repot, place in a shady spot for 2+weeks, next year same thing until you get it down. Maybe in 3-4 years put it in a bonsai pot
Withhold water for a day or two before you trim, you want the roots to be pliable b/4 trimming and repotting, if the roots are gorged with water, they might break.
Good luck, it can be a really nice tree with some work.

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 04-21-2018, 05:04 PM
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(04-21-2018, 03:37 PM)zipper Wrote: I think you should trim a third off the top and a third of the root ball. Repot, place in a shady spot for 2+weeks, next year same thing until you get it down. Maybe in 3-4 years put it in a bonsai pot
Withhold water for a day or two before you trim, you want the roots to be pliable b/4 trimming and repotting, if the roots are gorged with water, they might break.
Good luck, it can be a really nice tree with some work.

I think you’re right. That’s actually easy enough to do, so no reason for me not to do it. Thanks for the motivation.

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