Green
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oak saplings

My employer is giving out oak saplings for earth day. Would I be able to turn one into a bonsai

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Green,

I don't work with Oak so I'll refrain from commenting on their suitability. A seedling though is going to require a long term strategy to get it to the stage where it resembles a bonsai. Can it be done from small material, absolutely. Are there other faster ways to get from point A to Point B, yes. Why not take a two pronged approach, long term with the young material while seeking other opportunities.

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Possible to use, yes, though leaves are difficult to reduce, so small leaved varieties are better that larger ones. I'm working with a Virginia live oak now and I can't see having it as a tree smaller than 24", closer to 36" would probably be better.

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