Does this have Bonsai potential?

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Does this have Bonsai potential?

Postby guzzigirl » Sun Nov 11, 2007 6:46 pm

I was given this today - a Cypress? Although the foliage is a bit sparse, what there is seems healthy and there are green buds on the stems so new growth on the way. It is in a 35cm pot and stands 120cm from soil llevel to tip.

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Postby taffyman » Mon Nov 12, 2007 1:36 pm

It sure does GG. It's Thuja Orientalis. It's another species commonly called a Cedar - along with Chamaecyparis and Cupressus varieties. That base looks nice and strong - something you can really work with. You got a good 'gift' there GG. I'll have a good look at the photos and see what I think you could do with it.
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Postby guzzigirl » Mon Nov 12, 2007 8:55 pm

this looks impressive...

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Postby taffyman » Mon Nov 12, 2007 9:21 pm

You've been spying on me! :wink: :lol: I was looking at that same website yesterday when I was looking for good Bonsai specimens.
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Postby The Estate » Tue Nov 13, 2007 7:28 am

or maybe great minds think alike :lol: :lol: :lol:
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Postby guzzigirl » Tue Nov 13, 2007 7:44 am

The Estate wrote:or maybe great minds think alike :lol: :lol: :lol:


more like Google is your friend :wink:
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Postby lmrk » Tue Nov 13, 2007 3:53 pm

Ha! Actually thought the second photo was your "after shot" :D Geez that was quick!!! :wink:
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Postby guzzigirl » Tue Nov 13, 2007 5:12 pm

lmrk wrote:Ha! Actually thought the second photo was your "after shot" :D Geez that was quick!!! :wink:


I wish! Got a long way to go yet :D
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Postby guzzigirl » Wed Nov 14, 2007 7:45 pm

checking out the root structure...

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Postby Luzy » Thu Nov 15, 2007 7:01 pm

Goodness! There's a lot of them - and they look pretty good.
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Postby guzzigirl » Thu Nov 15, 2007 8:23 pm

taffyman wrote:One thing I will say - Wish I had this one in among my trees 8)


:lol: :lol:
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Postby guzzigirl » Thu Nov 22, 2007 6:40 pm

so taffyman, got some thoughts on how I should start on this one? :D
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Re: Does this have Bonsai potential?

Postby taffyman » Sat Jan 19, 2008 9:41 pm

Sorry for the late reply GG. Can you post another photo of what your tree looks like now? I should imagine there would be some more growth on it by now.
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Re: Does this have Bonsai potential?

Postby guzzigirl » Sun Jan 20, 2008 10:49 am

actually there is not much in the way of growth, but then I haven't been feeding it :oops: , just keeping the water up to it to get through these hot days we've been having. But if you want some particular shots I am happy to oblige.
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Re: Does this have Bonsai potential?

Postby taffyman » Wed Jan 23, 2008 4:39 pm

GG, I've been having a good look at the photos and believe I can see a couple of ways to go - it depends on what you yourself have in mind for how you'd like your tree to look. Whatever approach you take, it's going to need some pretty 'radical surgery' done on it. First off, there are way too many trunks for it to look good so some of them will have to go. The tree could be turned into a 'clump' style with multiple trunks, three to five trunks, two trunks or even a single trunk - if there is a dominant trunk with a bit of shape to it.
Before we make any decisions about its ultimate shape, do you live within reach of Noble Park? 'Cause that's where Eric (imeonetwo) lives. It'd be a really good idea if you could ask him have a look at it in real life. He may be able to see more potential or suggest a better way to work on it than I can using the photos. This tree has a great base trunk on it and I'd hate to ruin it because of something I'm not able to see in the photos. I'm not trying to put you off GG, I'd love to have this one up here so I could have a go at it myself - I reckon it's got a lot of potential.
Whatever decisions you come to, don't forget to post it here on your thread - pretty please :D . I'm really interested to see what the outcome is.
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Re: Does this have Bonsai potential?

Postby guzzigirl » Wed Jan 23, 2008 4:45 pm

looks like Eric & I are almost next door neighbours! So hopefully I will be able to arrange for a consultation. It does seem to have a main thick trunk in the centre with thinner trunks/branches around it.
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Re: Does this have Bonsai potential?

Postby imonetwo » Thu Jan 24, 2008 8:34 pm

Anytime ) Im a single parent so Im home most of the time. Would be more than happy to help if I may. Sometimes just looking at someone elses collection up close can be enough inspiration to look at your own trees differently.

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Re: Does this have Bonsai potential?

Postby guzzigirl » Wed Jan 30, 2008 9:35 pm

imonetwo wrote:Anytime ) Im a single parent so Im home most of the time. Would be more than happy to help if I may. Sometimes just looking at someone elses collection up close can be enough inspiration to look at your own trees differently.

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