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I love bonsai trees

Here is my latest acquisition. It’s a shimpaku juniper, and it’s an early birthday present to myself, LOL.

exexec · 61-69, C
The old ones are amazing! This one looks good.
Harmonium1923 · 51-55, M
[@11378,exexec] I liked the trunk and the bark on this one.
exexec · 61-69, C
[@372263,Harmonium1923] Yes. Nice. I met a monk at a monastery who was an expert. It was years ago, but he had some really neat trees.
Harmonium1923 · 51-55, M
[@11378,exexec] They are living works of art. This is a very basic one but I still love it.
Are they hard to learn to maintain?
Like how often do you need to prune them?

And do you need to prune their roots as well?
Harmonium1923 · 51-55, M
[@912138,OogieBoogie] It depends heavily on the tree. They need a lot of attention to water and temperature because they are in such small pots. The tropical ones (jades and ficus, say) are kind of like houseplants. But the really awesome trees (pines, junipers, maples) need to be outdoors and have a cold enough winter so they go dormant for a while. For pruning, the maintenance work to keep the basic shape and health is pretty easy, but the initial styling is a real art. In order to keep them happy in small pots you do have to repot them every couple of years and trim the roots when you do.
[@372263,Harmonium1923] I'm really curious about bonsais... I love their look.

But I'm worried they are finicky.
Do you think they need more care than house plants.

I'd hate to get one, and then kill it or make it sick.
Harmonium1923 · 51-55, M
[@912138,OogieBoogie] I’d start with a tropical one that can stay inside in a sunny window. Jades are probably the easiest and they’re even pretty forgiving about watering. My biggest problem has been over-wintering my outdoor trees because I live in a cold climate. They like to be in the 30s, but not to stay below freezing for a long
Gorgeous!! 😍

My mom used to make takes a lot of work n patience.
Amen, my friend.

Do you use moss around it? 🤔[@372263,Harmonium1923]
Harmonium1923 · 51-55, M
[@372543,Vivaci] I find the moss often develops on its own over time. I don’t usually add it intentionally, but I like it.
[@372263,Harmonium1923] it’s a good symbiosis if the moss is alive. That’s what mom said.

Also trimming the roots at the bottom shouldn’t be done often. 💙🤗
Miram · 26-30, F
How coincidental! I was thinking about buying one today.
Harmonium1923 · 51-55, M
[@542305,Miram] You should! I’d go for an olive since you’re in a warm climate (I think). They make lovely bonsai.
Miram · 26-30, F
[@372263,Harmonium1923] I want new species.

It snows here in winters. It is exceptionally hot this summer so who knows what next year will be like.

I am in a forest mountain areas mainly.
Harmonium1923 · 51-55, M
[@542305,Miram] Maybe an evergreen like a pine or juniper.
Somewhere Mr Miyagi is smiling 😃
Harmonium1923 · 51-55, M
[@4018,ExperienceDLT] LOL. I love that scene. What a great movie!
[@372263,Harmonium1923] Miyagi will always be an iconic character
Poppies · 61-69, F
Very charming!
Harmonium1923 · 51-55, M
[@557324,Poppies] Thank you!
curiosi · 56-60, F
Really cool!
Harmonium1923 · 51-55, M
[@423488,curiosi] Thanks!
ChampagneOnIce · 46-50, F
Get pruning! 😊
plungesponge · 36-40, M
Maybe it's just the angle but that bonsai looks huuuugee lol. The ones I usually see fit on an envelope, that looks like it's half as tall as the fence behind it 😸
Harmonium1923 · 51-55, M
[@20312,plungesponge] It’s a closeup and it’s on a table. It’s maybe 10-12 inches high.
plungesponge · 36-40, M
[@372263,Harmonium1923] Ahhh I think I know what it is. The base it's sitting on looks like floor concrete, and the scattering of dirt on the top right just matches the dirt in the background. That's kind of a cool optical illusion, a bit closer and it might seem like it's right up against the back fence lol
That is so cool
It's gorgeous, I'm going to get some ❤️
Harmonium1923 · 51-55, M
[@1224465,AthenaArena] You should! Just be sure to get some instructions on taking care of them. It’s not that hard, but you do have to water them often and find out whether or not they need to live outside and/or get some cold weather in the winter.

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