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Mutation or Prebonsai? Also, air layering questions 5 years 9 months ago #42330

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Hey everyone! I’m new to bonsai and recently tried out some air layering in my yard. My magnolia has this little sucker that looks like a mini magnolia already. Does anyone know why this sucker has mini leaves and branches unlike the other suckers that have normal sized leaves? Is it a mutation or just a gift from the bonsai gods? I’m trying to air layer it and hopefully will be able to keep it alive.

Once I cut it from the parent plant, does it go in a regular pot or a shallow pot? Also, should I use regular potting soil or bonsai soil to start out with? Thanks for your help!

Kris

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Mutation or Prebonsai? Also, air layering questions 5 years 9 months ago #42331

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Hey everyone! I’m new to bonsai and recently tried out some air layering in my yard. My magnolia has this little sucker that looks like a mini magnolia already.


Mutations within a tree do happen and in some cases this does indeed give variation that's suitable for bonsai.
In this case however I do not see anything that can be used for bonsai.

Once I cut it from the parent plant, does it go in a regular pot or a shallow pot? Also, should I use regular potting soil or bonsai soil to start out with?


Nope. Bonsai are not created by putting young plants in small pots with bonsai soil. Start studying the basics.

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Mutation or Prebonsai? Also, air layering questions 5 years 9 months ago #42337

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Magnolia are frequently grafted. The roots are of a spcies with no/uninteresting flowers. But very strong roots. Then they graft a nice variety on top for the flowers & foliage. Probably what you have is a sucker from the rootstock.

Plant it out in a large pot, and decide how you want to turn it into a bonsai, and make a plan.

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