New Hobby..Bonsai trees

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    StratAlchemist Strat-O-Master

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    Always had an interest and finally took the deep dive. After the vegetable gardening has shown promise this lockdown, I decided to try something I’ve always admired. Four new trees arrived today and I’m super excited. Coastal Redwood and the Giant Sequoia. Man, getting old really changes where your happiness lies. 56D3E612-9025-47D1-8ED6-1CBF98324062.jpeg
     
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    Good luck. I spent time studying for a couple hours at my local Bonsai place just so I could channel into a trim for my Japanese Maple (3' tall and wide). Could never quite get the vibe. I did manage to dwarf a couple swap maple trees that would have been 35 years old and probably 25' tall and keep them nicely formed at 6' tall... but that's the best I could do. No one would have called them "Bonsai".
     
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    Even at 6’ that’s still a Bonsai, anything dwarfed grown in a shallow soil/pot constitutes that.
    I have a Tulip Poplar I’m going to attempt. This month I lost a colleague and friend of 20 years to cancer. He was from Kentucky and the Tulip Poplar is the Kentucky state tree. So in his honor I’m going to put it in my office once I get it established.
     
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    These are much cooler than bonamassa trees.
     
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    I wouldn't know where to begin & surer than chit I'll be dead before the tree.
    Lucky to get a few tomato plants before that.
    But I've always enjoyed seeing them.
     
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    That’s the goal, make sure that tree lives longer than you. Something I read said enjoy the bonsai tree while it’s still manageable then pass on to the large unbearably part to your kids! Lol
     
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    Interesting note on the Tulip Poplar. That's what they make "poplar" guitar bodies out of. There is an actual poplar tree, but that's not what's used.

    My 90 y.o. neighbor does bansai and has about 20 of them. I have to take care of them whenever he's away cause his wife could care less and his son isn't interested. He recently told my gal that he wants her to take them whenever he passes.

    She doesn't know anything about it, but we love the old guy so she said okay. Hell she learned to be give a hell of a massage watching youtube so I'm sure she can figure out the care and feeding of them. Some of his are over 15 years old.
     
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    you mean the BUYNOW!massa trees?
     
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    Interesting note on the poplar. Didn’t know that. Apparently poplar is easy to propagate new trees from cuttings. Who needs alder and ash anyway!
    If you can manage it, it would be a great thing to carry on. Having 20 would be a lot to deal with at 90. Some great Bonsai sites to dive into when you are ready.
     
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    Good luck with your little trees!
     
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    PS - Condolences on the loss of your friend.
     
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    Well, he'll probably outlive me, but I'll pass the sites on to her..
     
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    Thank you. Definitely a tough one to process, under 50 y.o., wife and two boys (10-12yo), he put up a courageous three year fight. He will be missed.
     
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    Way Effing cool !!!
     
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    Glad I was IBTL.

    As for poplar, above info is possibly backwards. The greenish tinted hardwood you find at box stores is US Tulip Poplar. It's a fast growing hardwood that can be stained to resemble many desirable hardwoods. Most "cherry finish" (finish usually in fine print) products you buy are Tulip Poplar.

    Asian made guitars are made from a poplar that grows there. While it's a hardwood, it's relatively soft and light. Not nearly as nice for guitar bodies. Has a very open grain that looks like mahogany but it's light in color and "scratch it with a fingernail" soft.
     
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    I have a friend who’s phenomenally talented with bonsai trees. He has given me several that were beautiful. Killed ‘em all. He’s good natured about it and always says, “Oh well, enjoy the pot,”
     
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    That’s a great friend and he has a great sense of humor about it.
     
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    So he gave you marijuana too? Did that grow well?
     
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    It didn’t grow well at all but was dispatched with the same relative speed as the trees.
     
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    Iv'e been growing Bonsai Rhubarb for years:oops: