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Starting a prebonsai from nursery stock 1 week 20 hours ago #52225

Hello,
do you have any experience of starting a bonsai or prebonsai from a 2-3yo tree saplings?
I would like to purchase some trees suitable for bonsai such as maple or oak but from a non-specialized bonsai nursery.
What are the drawbacks? The proportions/ratio could be wrong?
Or it is better to buy a young starter tree from a bonsai nursery?
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Starting a prebonsai from nursery stock 1 week 20 hours ago #52228

Main challenge is often that in the nursery they might grow for tall plants, whereas you want trees grown to be curvy with low branches. Also, the roots might need a lot of work.

That being said, I have done a couple of projects with young nursery stuff. Just be aware of the risks.
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Starting a prebonsai from nursery stock 1 week 20 hours ago #52229

leatherback wrote: Main challenge is often that in the nursery they might grow for tall plants, whereas you want trees grown to be curvy with low branches. Also, the roots might need a lot of work.

That being said, I have done a couple of projects with young nursery stuff. Just be aware of the risks.

Ok, thanks. I will try.
I found a nursery selling 20-30cm high tree saplings. Hopefully the first branch is not too high.
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Starting a prebonsai from nursery stock 1 week 17 hours ago #52236

I would not buy anything from mail order. I have before, and what comes is never quite satisfactory.

If I go to the local garden oriented nursery I would only buy if I found what I want. Best available does not mean good.
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Starting a prebonsai from nursery stock 1 week 1 hour ago #52245

On the other hand, buying something inexpensive from a garden center to practice on with the understanding that it will never be great can be a good strategy when you are stating off. This can be especially true if you don't have a green thumb for potted plants, don't live near an actual bonsai nursery, are unsure what to look for in good-great starter material, are unsure how much you will love this new hobby or your budget is a little tight.

This is what I did and 4 years later I am ready to start spending significantly more money on unrefined stock. I just need to make some space on my benches for new friends.
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