Miniature version of a tree curated in a small container by trimming its roots and branches.

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Which of These Bonsais Are The Most Appropriate For My Climate?

I want to buy a bonsai tree. The options are Ficus, Ligustrum, Carmona, and Sageretia. Reading the instructions on those links, I was convinced that I should get either Carmona or Sagertia ...
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Why do my bonsai seedlings die after a month?

I got two bonsai kits and have tried growing from seeds. Both times my sprouts grew to about two inches and then flopped over and died. I watered them daily, kept them in a plastic bag most of the ...
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What is best watering schedule for a bonsai juniper tree?

I am new to bonsai and I have had two juniper bonsai trees so far. The first one dried out even though I watered it weekly. The second one I am keeping pretty well moist but I am afraid of drowning ...
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What is this Coarse Green Sand-Like Material in my Bonsai Kit?

I just purchased my first bonsai tree. The kit I purchased came with a small green packet of coarse sand-like material (see picture below). In all my reading, I haven't been able to figure out what ...
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How do I shape a Cryptomeria bonsai into the chokkan style?

How do you prune/pinch/wire a Cryptomeria japonica to shape it into the formal upright "chokkan" style, like this or this? Whenever I've tried this with other evergreen species, I've never been able ...
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What can I do with a dead bonsai that was an anniversary gift? [closed]

For our anniversary, my wife gave me a ficus bonsai tree. About 2 months ago, it suddenly lost all its leaves. We took it to a garden store that specializes in bonsais, and we were told that it had ...
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Is it possible for a transplanted baby Maple to grow into a Bonsai tree?

My understanding is that a real Bonsai tree is already very old living in a crevice somewhere, naturally tiny then transplanted. In 50 years living in these pots, what would these Maples look like ...
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How should I prune my Cussonia Bonsai?

I have had this Cussonia for couple of years. As you can see on the picture, the branches grew somewhat unevenly (I marked the branches with a blue line). I am thinking how to trim it, so the bonsai ...
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What are these pests on my Cussonia Bonsai

My Cussonia bonsai suffers from these pests which I cannot recognize. I cleaned the leaves with alcohol 90%, but they keep on coming (but perhaps these are pests eggs that hatched?). Could you please ...
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When should I start repotting bonsai Juniper?

Are January and February good months to repot evergreen bonsai Juniper. This would be my first time repotting it and the plant is doing great so far, but I don't want to kill it: I want to make sure ...
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Why is my bonsai losing brown/yellow leaves and developing white dots

I was recently given this beautiful bonsai and I water until the soil is moist nearly every day. But recently it has started dropping leaves and these little white dots are appearing. Why is this ...
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How to make a bonsai into cascade style

I would like to achieve a Cascade looking shape for my bonsai and would appreciate advice as per how to trim my current tree. Here are the pictures:
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Shaping my new bonsai

We are working on this bonsai and would like some expert advice. Should we cut more sub-branches? Is it ok if the main branch is bending towards one side? Or should we cut it to make it straight? ...
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Bonsai Leaves on new shoots rather than existing branches

My second Bonsai (first one met its doom with a similar problem) Just recently received this plant (a couple of weeks ago) it was shipped. Its a Chinese Elm. All the existing leaves seem to be ...
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Bonsai losing leaves

I'm a bonsai beginner; I purchased a 15-year-old tea tree 2 weeks ago. It began losing a few leaves each day since. I keep it by a window and keep the soil damp. Today I turned it 180 degrees and ...
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Bonsai identification and pruning tips

I purchased my first bonsai about 4 years ago but haven't taken regular care of it, mainly just watering it occasionally in the summer and rarely during the other months. I've been too afraid to trim ...
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What kind of plant is used for this bonsai?

One of my family members got this bonsai tree when I was kid. To my knowledge, it doesn't require food or water - as I've never seen them water it, but it has slowly and steadily grown. Presumably it ...
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Is there a particular term for 'large bonsai'?

We are relatively new to the Pacific Northwest coast. One thing that seems to be somewhat common are Japanese type gardens. What a lot of these gardens have I would call--for lack of a better ...
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Having a wizened tree indoor [closed]

I'd like to have a wizened tree in the 1/2 bathroom in my house. I'd like to economize by using a small tree in my backyard. How do I go about treating the tree so that it doesn't fall apart after a ...
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When to repot a young juniper bonsai?

I live in an area of the United State where it's never really safe to say that winter is over. Just when you think it's spring, it can be blizzarding and below zero. Anyway, should I wait until it's ...
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Chinese Elm bonsai turning yellow after repotting

I have a Chinese Elm bonsai. The tree was doing fine, sprouting many new twigs in the last month or two. After the growth slowed down I decided to repot the tree, because the original soil was too ...
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How much light is enough for indoor plants?

I have a cute bonsai sitting by my desk, it's a juniper. I have a window and it gets around an hour a day of direct sunlight. For the rest of the day it has a mix of indirect and florescent light. ...
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What gauge wire should I train my bonsai branches with?

I want to train my bonsai branches down to give the appearance of an old, tired tree.It's about 20cm high and the trunk is around 8mm thick and the branches tapper from around 5 to about 3mm. I want ...
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Is a juniper suitable as an indoor bonsai?

I'm keen to have a bonsai by my desk at work. It will be on a window sill, but only have direct sunlight for about an hour a day (in the morning), the rest of the day it will have light reflected at ...
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What is causing these dark spots on my bonsai tree?

My Cussonia bonsai suffers for a couple of months now from an unrecognized pest. First I thought these are mites, so I bought a powder that you mix with water and spray on the leaves. But ...
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Can someone identify this Bonsai tree?

I was hoping someone would be kind enough to identify this tree for me. I want to properly care for it and I think identifying it would be a good first step. Any help on this would be appreciated, ...
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Should I leave my bonsai oak tree outdoors during winter?

I live in southern Sweden, where temperatures can get down to around 20C / 4F in the winter. Any tree grown outdoors is exposed to quite a lot of darkness and cold from around early November to late ...
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I want to grow bonsai from seeds. What are some of the easiest tree species to start with?

I started enjoying Bonsai a few years ago. I enjoy the experience but I also like the challenge. It is my understanding that growing bonsai from seeds can be difficult but fun for those who enjoy ...
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Good groundcover for bonsai

What type of plants are good ground cover for bonsai? When I first started growing bonsai, I only used a fine gravel for ground cover, but this looked very boring and artificial. Then I tried moss, ...
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Does anyone have experience with a lemon tree as an indoor bonsai?

I grew a "tree" out of a lemon seed. As I'm not living in a climate for lemon trees I'm trying to make an indoor bonsai out of it. I'm not sure if it is good bonsai material. Will it build enough ...
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How do I take care of a Port Jackson fig bonsai?

A few years ago (4ish, I think) my girlfriend at the time brought me a small bonsai, a Port Jackson Fig (if I remember right!). I have managed to keep it going so far. At this point, it is more a ...
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What is a good watering routine for a bonsai?

If I have just purchased a bonsai, what is a good watering routine that I should start with and how should I adjust this routine regularly?
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What exactly is an outdoor bonsai?

I recently got a Brussels Boxwood Bonsai, 3 years old. And I have it placed indoors near an optimally sunlit area and apartment temperature is around 70 F.There seems to be a little bit of ...
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Can I move a self-seeded oak tree into a pot to keep it small?

An oak has self seeded in our garden. Has got to about a metre tall and seems happy. We don't have anywhere near enough space for an oak but seems a shame to kill it. Can we move it to a pot to keep ...
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How regularly should I fertilise my bonsai plants?

Is there a need to fertilise my bonsai or should I just stick with replacing the soil once every 18 months to 2 years?
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Good soil mix for bonsai?

What is a good generic bonsai soil mix? What ratio of organic / inorganic material should be included?
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Should I mix chicken manure in with my bonsai soil mix?

I've heard it mentioned before that Japanese people use chicken manure in their bonsai soil mix. Is this a good idea? If so, what quantities should I be mixing in to the soil?