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TOPIC: Training a Dragon Blood Tree as a Bonsai

Training a Dragon Blood Tree as a Bonsai 1 year 1 month ago #34198

Hi Yall,
I have purchased a couple of dracaena draco trees, also known as Dragon Blood trees. They are very young, arriving at a height of 6-10." I would like to attempt to train one of these trees as a bonsai, and I'm sure its possible since I have seen photos of them. Does anyone with training experience have any suggestions for how to accomplish this feat? Just to be clear (and hopefully not too redundant), its a non-bonsai tree that I wish to train; it is NOT a young, pre-trained bonsai tree.

Thanks for any help! Cheers!
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Training a Dragon Blood Tree as a Bonsai 1 year 1 month ago #34199

justiniadonisi wrote: ...attempt to train one of these trees as a bonsai, and I'm sure its possible..

Well, I gave Google a chance to show me some some great bonsai from this species.
"Google Images: dracaena draco bonsai"
The results showed not even one good bonsai with this plant.
Could you post here the examples (pictures) that inspired you?
:-) Thanks!
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Training a Dragon Blood Tree as a Bonsai 1 year 1 month ago #34200

Sure, you bet! This is the photo, and I think it look epic!


Now, when I receive the tree, it will look like this:

so, far too young (I assume) to start training. Or is it......?

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Training a Dragon Blood Tree as a Bonsai 1 year 1 month ago #34201

justiniadonisi wrote:

Wow. It is epic for sure!

justiniadonisi wrote: so, far too young (I assume) to start training.
Or is it......?


I don't know how one can reduce leaf size on this species so drastically. Maybe over two or three decades, I guess!
Anyway, yours is way too young to start training; roots and leaves as far as I could see.
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Training a Dragon Blood Tree as a Bonsai 1 year 1 month ago #34202

Thank you for your responses!
So then, I will grow it as normal for a while until it develops a trunk and some branches...then, I'll be back.
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Training a Dragon Blood Tree as a Bonsai 1 year 1 month ago #34204

Good move!
Good luck, and don't let it die.
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Training a Dragon Blood Tree as a Bonsai 1 year 1 month ago #34209

Clicio wrote: Wow. It is epic for sure!


Is it dracena though?
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Training a Dragon Blood Tree as a Bonsai 1 year 1 month ago #34211

leatherback wrote:

Clicio wrote: Wow. It is epic for sure!


Is it dracena though?


It looks like 2 completelly different plants to me too :)
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Training a Dragon Blood Tree as a Bonsai 1 year 1 month ago #34212

I was going to say the same thing, one looks like a evergreen and the other has leafs like a pineapple
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Training a Dragon Blood Tree as a Bonsai 1 year 1 month ago #34217

You guys are right, it doesn't look like being of the same species. Size and shape of the leaves are sooo different!
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