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rutholive
Tonasket, WA
(Zone 5a)

June 2, 2003
4:59 AM

Post #543291

Before i go to bed i wanted to post a couple of pictures of my 12 year old Wisteria Bonsai, first in bud then in bloom. Donna

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rutholive
Tonasket, WA
(Zone 5a)

June 2, 2003
5:01 AM

Post #543293

This is the second photo of the Wisteria Bonsai in full bloom May 8, 2003. Donna

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nmax
Lima, OH
(Zone 5a)

June 3, 2003
1:27 PM

Post #544533

Very nice! I didn't realize so many plants could be turned into bonsai. I received a bonsai about a month ago as a birthday present. I am going to focus on keeping it alive for a while before I worry about shaping it.
haighr
Laurel, DE
(Zone 7a)

June 9, 2003
4:17 PM

Post #550556

Oh my, how did you do that??????????? I got a cutting from a mature wisteria about 6 years ago, it is healthy and wonderfully shaped into a tree, but it has NEVER bloomed! How did you accomplish that and how did you start it?
fairyhunter
Brooksville, ME
(Zone 5a)

June 12, 2005
8:02 PM

Post #1542115

I think this plant is so beautiful! I would also like to know how you did this
Ulrich
Manhattan Beach, CA
(Zone 11)

June 26, 2005
1:20 AM

Post #1576023

Well, I guess that's Donna's secret. But the answer is, just like in real estate: Location, location, location!
It needs to be out in the sun, except during a hot spell when open shade would be better. Do not overwater, nor let it dry out.

Check out the Festival picture archives down the page here: http://www.sierramadrenews.net/wistaria.htm

This message was edited Jun 25, 2005 6:31 PM
vic9
Kenosha, WI
(Zone 4a)

November 11, 2005
3:00 PM

Post #1869722

My understanding is that Wisteria take 7 years to bloom. I Planted
a Chinese Wisteria in my backyard next to a sturdy trellis10 years ago and it finally started blooming 3 years ago. The blooms get more prolific with age. I prune it back approximately 20% in Late fall
and then another 20% in early spring before the buds start forming.
By the way, I love your Bonsai!
Vic
PerennialGirl
Winnipeg, MB
(Zone 4a)

February 17, 2006
7:42 PM

Post #2051705

I see this is an old thread, but wow what a beautiful tree!
:) Donna
haighr
Laurel, DE
(Zone 7a)

February 17, 2006
10:15 PM

Post #2052068

Sometimes old threads are the best!
rutholive
Tonasket, WA
(Zone 5a)

March 11, 2006
1:55 AM

Post #2103312

It took 12 years for the Wisteria to bloom. Didn't bloom last summer, don't know why. All my bonsai are out in what I call storage room, north side of garage. I only turn electric heat on in there if it gets really cold. So most things are still dormant. My fig tree is in there, sitting on the floor in coolest area, I am trying to keep it from leafing out before it can be put outside. Other springs it had all leafed out before the temp. was warm enough to put outside. I tried to harden off but still lost some leaves and buds.

DonnaS
PerennialGirl
Winnipeg, MB
(Zone 4a)

March 11, 2006
2:53 AM

Post #2103604

Well, I think you'll need to post more of your other Bonsai tree.
:) Donna
rutholive
Tonasket, WA
(Zone 5a)

March 14, 2006
12:31 AM

Post #2110778

Here is a photo of a Japanese Pagoda tree that I grew from seeds, I think about 40 years ago. Somewhere I have a photo of the bonsai one sitting front of the grown in dirt tree. Was quite impressive to see the difference.

DonnaS

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macsfarm

April 29, 2006
10:18 PM

Post #2233635

I have been reading up on Bonsai. Do I need to buy the best tools I can afford or do you need the special tools when you are just starting?
DonnaS, your plants are so beautiful. How did you start the wisteria?
Thanks
~Cindy
rutholive
Tonasket, WA
(Zone 5a)

April 30, 2006
1:34 PM

Post #2235055

Cindy, thankyou for the compliments. I bought the Wisteria as a small vine, was probably 2 or 3 years old when I bought it from Greers nursery in OR. Has been potted ever since. When the light is better I will take a photo of it just opening its racemes of lavender.

I did buy a set of bonsai tools, several years ago. A kind of nipper pruner that lets you cut close to the stem is a good tool. For that particular tool I would say get the best you can afford, for others just get whas seems best. Greers list various bonsai tools in their catalog. I bought their concave branch cutter, which when I bought was about half the price it is now, (as is almost everything else).

Donna
rutholive
Tonasket, WA
(Zone 5a)

April 30, 2006
1:53 PM

Post #2235102

Here is a photo I took this morning of my Wisteria bonsai just nicely beginning to bloom, but before the light was really good. Will take another later.

DonnaS

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nivlac
San Antonio, TX
(Zone 8b)

May 30, 2006
11:38 PM

Post #2333226

very nice...

thought I would check out this forum and saw your thread. I was walking through a local nursery and saw planty of Bonsai af various trees. your wisteria gives me more ideas. I have been thinking about trying my hand at Bonsai but don't know how to start.

calvin
rutholive
Tonasket, WA
(Zone 5a)

May 31, 2006
2:37 PM

Post #2335143

Calvin, Glad you liked the Wisteria bonsai. That was the only chance I had to take a photo of it this year. Had unexpected emergency surgery May 1 for perforated diverticulits colon. Was in hosp. 8 days . Haven't recovered my former energy yet. Asked the doctor yesterday when I would get my energy back and his response was 'you are 80 give it more time'. So guess that means take it easy.

Anyway the way I learned was mostly out of books and magazines. Two books that helped me are The Bonsai Workshop' by Herb L. Gustafson and 'Bonsai in your Home' an indoor grower's guide, by Paul Lesniewicz. Hopefully you might find them in your local library. Good luck and if I can be of help, will be glad to answer any questions that I can.

Donna
nivlac
San Antonio, TX
(Zone 8b)

June 1, 2006
2:42 AM

Post #2337822

Thank you Donna

Hope you get your energy back to stroll in the garden again. You have my pr's. Adding you to my pr list if that is okay with you.

calvin
limadijaya
Bandung
Indonesia

July 29, 2006
11:12 AM

Post #2562316

Do you have any comments about this bonsai - one of my collection ([HYPERLINK@www.bonsaistar.com]) ?

Species : Ficus Benjamina

Style : Informal

Height : 50 cm

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rutholive
Tonasket, WA
(Zone 5a)

July 29, 2006
1:56 PM

Post #2562693

Very nice bonsai. You don't say how old, I understand that you may not know how old it is. Looks to be very healthy. I could not enlarge the photo. I would not have thought it to be Ficus Benjamina with that bulbous root. A ficus, yes, but not Benjamina,but since I can't really see the leaves or upper branches, I certainly cannot say it is B. If it is many years old, with all the pruning necessarty to keep it small it could have developed a bulbous root.

Anyway congratulations on a very nice bonsai.

Donna


Calvin, thanks for your prs, I am sure all the prayers have helped. I finally got back to feeling like going out to the garden, but now we have had your kind of weather. We have had 2 weeks of high 90s or triple digit weather and I just cannot be out in those temps, much less do any kind of garden work. The most I have been able to do is the constant irrigating that is necessary. D.
limadijaya
Bandung
Indonesia

August 1, 2006
2:43 PM

Post #2574406

Thank you very much for your comments. The bonsai is 20 years old and it is 100% Ficus Benjamina. You may enlarge the photo to see more detail. Hope you could enjoy more bonsai in our website !

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