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Looking for a bonsai tree in BR


I tried this on the OT yesterday with little response. I need a bonsai tree pronto for a gift. if any OBers know a nursery that sells in BR or if you see the Luck Bonsai lady in her van today, please let me know. TIA






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wickowick
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Sam's had some a couple of weeks ago, might be worth a call...





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Charter n Coke
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Dude there is an azn lady around the corner from your house on gov selling them. Nice ones too





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I saw her on Government the other day........maybe she is still set up over there.





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I have been looking for a bald cypress, anyone see one for sale before I have to go track through the swamp?











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Daniel san, there's a lady on govt selling them.





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i want a oak for myself







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Daniel san, there's a lady on govt selling them.


she's there now?






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Tbobby
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wick, those trees are at least 50 years old and cannot go more than 2 days without water in the summer before they die. They need full sun. It would be a miracle to find one naturally dwarfed in the woods, especially in our muddy soil.





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I used to tinker around with bonsai. I actually still have a few trees growing in the yard that will be cut eventually.

If you don't know what you're doing, they won't last long. Most of them can't live indoors.






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I used to tinker around with bonsai.


and Falconry? you have the coolest hobbies.






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wick, those trees are at least 50 years old and cannot go more than 2 days without water in the summer before they die. They need full sun. It would be a miracle to find one naturally dwarfed in the woods, especially in our muddy soil.



I thought a small tree could be topped and transplanted. I had no idea they would be that old...






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Tbobby
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A deciduous tree might come back if topped. An evergreen won't. If you want a bonsai, your best bet is nursery stock or an old hedge row (with permission of course). You need to learn pruning and wiring techniques. Keep it in a large pot so you don't have to water it so often.

I had a nearly 100 year old Boxwood die on me last year and I don't know what killed it. The trunk is so nice, I keep the dead tree inside now.






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So how do you start. I would love a cypress. Just find a seedling 4" tall. Put in pot. Water daily and trim

Biggest problem I could see is watering regularly if we go somewhere for a week or so.

Eta- any good websites for info?



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arent bonsai's just junipers that are wired to grow upright? I have no clue but weve had people buy them at the nursery to make them with.





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I've seen cypress, maple, oak, boxwood hedge. I think almost any tree can be used. Looks very interesting but takes years of dedication.





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So how do you start. I would love a cypress. Just find a seedling 4" tall. Put in pot. Water daily and trim


You can do that. I'd wire the trunk in an "S" shape.

Bonsai simply means tree in a pot. It can be any variety as long as it has small foilage. I'd recommend getting a book that teaches the basic styling techniques. For a bald cypress, you can start out planting cypress balls. It will take decades to look as impressive as those pics posted by wick.

If you keep it in a deep pot, it won't look like a traditional bonsai, but at least it will live. Shallow pots can dry out in a day in the summertime. These are outdoor trees and most varieties need full or partial sun.






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and Falconry? you have the coolest hobbies.


I'm a dork.







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Tbobby
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Azaleas make terrific bonsai and you can easily find an old one growing in someones yard. I'd hack it down to size at least a year prior to digging to ensure it will live. Then gradually, over the course of several years, remove the rootball until it fits in the pot you want.





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