linlaoboo wrote:so won't you just tell me to throw it in the garbage and be done with lol.
I realize you said this tongue-in-cheek, but seriously, that wouldn't be my recommendation. It's actually not easy keeping potted perennials, let alone woody shrubs and trees healthy year around when they are in roomy containers with plenty of roots. Trimmed of roots and stuffed into smaller containers is stressful for the plant -- in fact that's what you are counting on -- so the shrubs and trees grow the secondary roots to support itself, and the upper foliage is kept from growing into full size.
But all that bonsai stuff is secondary to learning the techniques and skills, and individual needs for keeping the plants healthy and able to cope with the stresses you give them -- with the "training."
As bonsai, the trees need even more careful tending in their shallow trays and with limited foliage -- and very narrow wiggle room for error.
If you don't have these skills, any trees you "yamadori" are just victims doomed to die, and any bonsai potential they had will be lost.
So think of it as learning experience to bring this tree back to life. And I give you these advice with the best intentions at heart. I have always admired bonsai. I have various materials that I have potted up, but I have yet to take the plunge to creating bonsai out of them because I don't know if I can keep them alive that way.