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Hi all, does anyone have bonsai for sale or pots please?

I am creating a fairy garden in a trough, but have been advised to keep the plant in its own pot. I know some are quite expensive, but thought I would try Green Plant Swap first.

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    Rachel the Gardener

    Hi Liz, I can't help you with bonsai plants for sale (yet!) but I thought you might like to see a Pot Garden that I made last year:

    • Bonsai
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    Hi Rachel

    Thank you for your reply.

    What is the bonsai you are growing? Is it an outdoor or indoor plant?
    Nice idea with the pot, I like the little steps.

    I have bought a few Chinese ornaments, but no bonsai yet.

    I have called to Blueberry Hill, Glossop, Garden Centre, they will be getting more in soon, at the price I want to pay. I thought I would try Green Plant Swap first. You never know if someone wants to sell bonsai.

    I believe I can start them off myself. I imagined a mature bonsai, oak tree. I have seen them for sale, they are too expensive for someone who has no experience like me.

    If you start an oak tree and train it as a bonsai, will the leaves stay small? I have noticed the bonsai are grown in pretty shallow compost, quite dry too. I have been reading about them and how to train them with wires.

    I was supposed to be making a fairy garden, in a large stone trough, I think I got a little side-tracked. Never thought I would ever try growing bonsai.

    Bye for now Liz

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    Rachel the Gardener

    Hi Liz,

    I had never been interested in bonsai, but since starting to build these Pot gardens (or Fairy Gardens if you insist!) I've become interested in them, as it costs so much to buy bonsai trees. So I've started growing my own!

    At present I have a couple of dwarf conifers which I am pruning into shape, and I've started looking at plants in a whole different way!

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    Gray J

    Hi forget about the Oak and try a small leaved plant or get a salix boydii or one of the miniature elm can sugest more but out of time now got to be up early tomorrow regards Graham

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    HI Gray J,
    Thank you for your response. I have already put some Sycamore saplings in pots, not bonsai pots, at thè moment it is Levington's multi-purpose.
    Do you think, if I take a cutting off my willow canes and use this to create a bonsai, it would work, eventually?
    I have bought a Metasequoia (Dawn Redwood), I bought this today from Whimberry Hiill Gdn. Ctr. I will send a photograph. I bought the ornaments first!!
    I was trying to create a fairy garden, now it's developed into buying bonsai and Chinese figurines, this wasn't intentional. So I am trying to create a bonsai in the least expensive way.

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    Hi Gray J

    Please fnd attached photograph of my bonsai.

    Do you grow bonsai plants?

    • Bonsai
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    Bonsai still going strong. I shelter it over winter. I thought it was an evergreen.

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    Rachel the Gardener

    Hi Liz, you managed to pick one of the two deciduous conifers! Well, three, if you include Larch, I suppose. It looks lovely, very elegant and shapely.

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    It does look lovely when it's green, very elegant. I must admit I've tried training it to experimen, I'll leave it alone this year, maybe report it.

    I've also put a Cotoneaster in a small pot, it survived.

    How often do I need to repot them and when should I take the one in question out of the greenhouse? Would uou please let me know.

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    Paul H.

    The Cotoneaster was a good choice for outdoors, although Sycamore and Oak are not ideal.
    I notice that you mentioned the trees at the garden centre were on the dry side and this was probably due to an oversight rather than professional care. Never let them dry out, but don't overwater, too.
    I have been growing and training bonsai for many years so if I can pass on any knowledge, just ask, Liz.

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    Thank you Paul for your comments.
    I wasn't criticising the garden centre, I was comparing and trying to copy them, I wasn't sure if this is the proper way to grow them. . I noticed a neighbour of mine, a long time ago, covered hers with moss after repottng.

    I have put the bonsai outdoors now, do you think I have done the right thing? Or should I put it back in the greenhouse?

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    Paul H.

    Hello again Liz.
    In answer to your question, it all depends on the hardiness of the tree. Anything native to our climate can and should be left outside, no matter how harsh the winter may seem. Trees purchased from a garden centre would have probably originated in southern China and I would therefore recommend leaving them in a frost free greenhouse until the middle of spring. Your Dawn Redwood will not survive a harsh British winter so return it to your greenhouse and keep it free from frost. Once the weather gets warmer you should take it out of the greenhouse and give it a dappled shade environment, keeping it moist at all times.

    I am often quite critical of garden centre bonsai and the lack of care they receive so I would always suggest using indigenous material or trees that prefer a similar climate to ours. There are many wonderful varieties of trees and shrubs to choose from, so the possibilities are endless. Good luck, Liz.

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    Thank you Paul for replying. Your comments are very useful.

    Just received your message, the Dawn Redwood is outside in the rain at the moment. I don't think it will be frosty tonight. I will take your advice and put it back in the greenhouse tomorrow.

    The garden centre's Bonsai are quite expensive, so it will be interesting to find other plants to experiment with.

    The Cotoneaster is doing well, it is budding, it has been outside all winter.

    Would you please advise when I should trim, or train the Cotoneaster? What shape should I be looking for? If it was a single tree, I would probably leave it alone. , I think the Cotoneaster is the horizontalis. It was a cutting I took from my large plant.

    Do you buy bonsai or do you grow from cutting or seedlings. I found a sappling of a Sycamore tree, last year, I wasn't sure what to do except plant it in a bowl.

    Sorry about all the questions, but do you always use bonsai compost when you repot.

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    Paul H.

    Liz, your cotoneaster is a great choice. With naturally small leaves, tiny flowers, and those beautiful berries, what more could anyone wish for? Training is generally carried out throughout the growing season. Try to shape into a scalene triangle (three unequal sides, or just think tree. There are no strict rules so whatever looks interesting and tree-like to you is the best shape. Try searching on-line for 'Cotoneaster bonsai', there are many photo's available. Choose a shape that you think is possible to achieve from the cutting you already have. Don't be afraid, cotoneasters are very forgiving. I wouldn't recommend any attempt to train Sycamore at this stage, Liz. ;-)

    I now grow and train all of my own trees, either from seed or cuttings. For medium to larger bonsai specimens, I plant them in a growing bed to bulk up for a few years, but this requires a little more knowledge so what you are doing now is great.

    Pot up your bonsai in a mix of 1 part John Innes No 2, 1 parts alpine grit and 2 parts moss peat. Add a little sharp sand to this mix for pines.

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    Your comments are very encouraging and inspiring Paul. I can't wait for summer. I hadn't thought about conifers. I will look for the Contoneaster bonsai photographs.

    I'll post some photographs when my bonsai are looking better and ask your advice, if you don't mind?

    Thank you again.

  16. Grower

    Paul H.

    My pleasure, Liz.

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