Bonsai Fuchsias 2010

Freedom, CA(Zone 9b)

Here is my little indoor bonsai 'Amber Rose.' I am twining two trunks around each other as they grow. And you can see the curl of wire I am using to support the trunk until it thickens. There is also a short piece of bamboo holding up the one end. And the bit of grass you see in the corner has a very, very fine blade which will lend itself well to being kept short.

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Freedom, CA(Zone 9b)

Yesterday it was hailing here, so I brought the three original bonsai efforts inside and did some pruning and wiring. Now, remember, I have never done this before. So this is a learning experience for me. You are welcome to chim in and give me direction, or participate with an effort of your own. Here is F. magellanica molinae

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Freedom, CA(Zone 9b)

I'd also like to mention that I intend to "think outside the box" in this experience. In other words, I am going to follow personal inspiration in my forms instead of traditional forms. Here is 'Vinegar Joe' after his first cut. Remember, this is a process and they do not look anything like they will when "finished." Are bonsai ever really "finished?"

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Freedom, CA(Zone 9b)

If you look at the original bonsai fuchsia thread, you'll note how big these guys got from their original size last October. And I have to confess that using 'Preston Guild', my personal favorite, was probably a mistake. It is going to need a very large bonsai pot when it is time to wire the root ball and transplant him.
I had my first big disaster with 'Preston Guild', one of the major branches snapped because I tried to bend it too far, too fast. I left a stub because I want to see what I can do with what it produces before I go and cut it off. For now, it looks awful. We'll see what happens with it. This time I remembered to take a before photo! This is before.

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Freedom, CA(Zone 9b)

And this is after.

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Chippewa Lake, OH(Zone 5b)

That is incredibly beautiful. Thanks for posting pics. My gardening partner was to do that, and these will certainly help her figure it out.

Freedom, CA(Zone 9b)

'Amber Rose' is continuing to do very well as an indoor bonsai. The other three are all outdoors and doing well also. 'Amber Rose' was a perfect choice, as she doesn't grow anywhere near as fast as the others. I think this one is going to be a winner in a few years once the trunks has had time to develope and thicken.

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Freedom, CA(Zone 9b)

F. magellanica molinae was probably not a good choice at all. But I am a bit surprised that this one is lagging so far behind the 'Preston Guild' and the 'Vinegar Joe.' But happy at the same time because I really want the trunk on this one to be different, so I have two braches going in two different directions.

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Freedom, CA(Zone 9b)

'Preston Guild' is still recovering from that bad break. It is going to look ugly for a while! But he's blooming, so he can't be that sad about it ;-)

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Freedom, CA(Zone 9b)

And 'Vinegar Joe' is just going to town!

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Freedom, CA(Zone 9b)

Just a few progress pics. Amber Rose is still living indoors on a windowsill that gets full afternoon sun for about two hours before the shade of the trees takes over. She has just been trimmed up and I took her outside for the photo. Doesn't look like she is much different. But one doesn't want a bonsai to grow fast! Next time I will try to get a close up and you'll be able to see the thickening trunks I have twining together.

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Freedom, CA(Zone 9b)

Her outdoors counter parts continue to do well. Here is Vinegar Joe. I haven't trimmed up these three guys in a while. I'll post new photos after I have.

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Freedom, CA(Zone 9b)

Considering I have six foot hedges of F. magellanica mollinae planted about the same time as this bonsai, it is remarkable that it has stayed so small with little effort. Probably because of the size of the pot.

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Freedom, CA(Zone 9b)

Last but not least, Preson Guild. Which is probably too big of a fuchsia to be using as a bonsai. But of the three, it is the F. magellanica mollinae I'd of thought was the mistake!!

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Freedom, CA(Zone 9b)

Update on the indoor bonsai 'Amber Rose'. This November, it will be on year old! And as you can see, it is doing very well and not outgrowing it's pot at all. It gets full sun for a couple of hours in the afternoon in a west facing window. It does need to be checked for water every day when it is getting that much sun. The sun has kept it dense and in bloom!

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Pittsburgh, PA(Zone 5b)

Great thread, Pedrick's.
Godd lookin kitty, too!

Freedom, CA(Zone 9b)

Here it is June of 2012 and I thought I'd ad a new photo of my bonsai 'Amber Rose'. She made it through a winter outdoors which froze many in my collection down to ground level. Some are still just beginning to peak back up at the sunlight. Good thing she was in a mini greenhouse under a huge oak tree. No heat though. But every fuchsia under the tree did fine.

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Mountain View, HI

Pedrick - your cuttings are doing great here in Hawaii but now you are tempting me to try something different. I have success with seeds from my own plants, cuttings grow just fine and even rooting new plants by laying branches along the ground works. I've done a "standard" plant and now heading towards dozens of hanging baskets. And now I find your bonsai thread. Dare I try it! Already too much to do. Thanks for sharing. :)

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