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Painesville, OH
(Zone 5b)

May 11, 2006
1:40 PM

Post #2268628

I have a sumac seedling growing in a pot. I've never done bonsai, but I would like to try (I wouldn't want this tree in my yard, but in a pot it might be nice). I know certain things are better suited to bonsai than others. Would this just die when it outgrows its container? If not, what kind of medium should I plant it in when I move it to a larger container? Tamara

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Bay City, MI
(Zone 6a)

May 12, 2006
12:04 AM

Post #2270339

I think I answered your question on another website. The "branches" you see on your shrub will drop of during the winter and the plant WILL need a cold rest (dormant period) then. It likes a spare soil best - one with a low organic content and very good drainage. As the plant eventually outgrows the container, the branch and stem extension will come to a near halt. You will need to pot up, at a minimum, but with proper root-pruning, you'd likely be able to keep it in the container it's in for many years.

Barnesville, GA
(Zone 7b)

May 15, 2006
8:48 PM

Post #2282960

Zone5girl, I'll post a pic of a plant I've tried to bonsai. It is a normally awkward growing plant, sending out long shoots every which-a-way but the tiny white flowers are charming. The plant is called 'carissa'. It is planted in one of those homemade tuffa pots with regular potting soil and I've never trimmed the roots. It does require constant pruning to look like a tree and, so far, it does fine. It is about 4yrs old and is left outside. A 'bonsai master' would probably chuckle but it is fun for me.

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Painesville, OH
(Zone 5b)

May 16, 2006
2:43 AM

Post #2284074

That is so cute! Bonsai is definitely something that I want to try. I ended up giving the sumac away, but when I get more money/time, I would like to do a wisteria bonsai. Tamara

July 29, 2006
11:19 AM

Post #2562335

Do you have any comments about this bonsai - one of my collection ([]) ?

Species : Ficus Benjamina

Style : Informal

Height : 50 cm

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Painesville, OH
(Zone 5b)

August 1, 2006
1:44 PM

Post #2574208

I love it! Hopefully someday I can get into bonsai. Right now, my garden is looking horrid and desperately needs some HELP! Tamara

August 5, 2006
12:26 AM

Post #2587722

Thank you very much for your comments. Hope your garden get better soon by doing some advices from the experts !

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