Jacaranda and ChinaBerryTomM wrote:Call me curious - what are these 'invasives' we are talking about here?
Oh I really Like the look of Scheffleras... I will take a trip down to home depot and see what they have that sparks my imagination then will update everyone what I decided on I'm excited to start this, its so new and refreshing to mezewald wrote:Boxwoods are great for starting out, but they are very slow growing. also scheffleras are fun and easy to take care of, but they may get a bit pricey. ficus as well.
As I mentioned above, larger stock can be cut down. Schefflera can back bud on older wood. If you can get a Schefflera that is well developed you will be way ahead of the game compared to starting with one of their prepared 'bonsai'. Unfortunately it seems common for retailers to offer several smaller trunks in a single pot in order to have a fuller specimen.I also saw some Scheffleras there which seemed to have large fat trunks... O.o but that were in 6 inch pots though the plants seemed so large already...
Wiring is only one aspect of bonsai, one that you need not worry too much about right now. As far as damaging the plant, wiring is only temporary and is used until the branches have set in their new position.Can anyone touch on wiring for me? It looks so complicated in the articles on that website, I mean is melting the copper (Annealing) really necessary? It seems a bit drastic to have to even prep the wiring. Is wire something that we must use or can tape be used instead? Where do I buy the proper wire if wire is needed? I don't see that wire would do much over time but damage the tree.
Hey was just wondering if anyone out there had any recommended places or websites to purchase bonsai tools from. I really like the set that you linked Marsman where did you get it and how much did it cost if you don't mind me asking? I'm not looking to spend a great deal of money on the tools just yet as I really don't know if I will be any good at "bonsai" (Knock on wood)Marsman wrote:Bewildered,
A sharp pruner is your friend. It will cut the branch instead of crushing it. [url=https://i956.photobucket.com/albums/ae50/marsman61/Bonsai/DSC01270.jpg]Bonsai tools[/url] are designed for the job, but a nice set of [url=https://www.maxiaids.com/ProdImages/31004.jpg]toenail clippers[/url] could work just as well for now.
Marsman wrote:You get what you pay for. I use [url=https://www.joshuaroth.com/]Joshua Roth[/url] tools and they run about $60+ a piece. I buy one at a time, when I can afford them and have accumulated some very nice, sharp tools. Any that I have bought on the cheap have turned out to be junk. My advice, don't waste your money.
[url=https://www.stonelantern.com/]Stone Lantern[/url] is always having sales on tools. I've bought quite a bit from them. They have nice stuff, and they have less-nice stuff. Just be careful what you buy.