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New to Forum 7 months 1 week ago #64328

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Hi I'm Pebbles. I am new to this forum and to the Bonsai culture. I have tried to take over care with a bonsai but have had a difficult time of it. As an experiment I started several from seed and have had much better luck. However while purchasing seeds I received some that I found were not what I ordered. I started12 plants of this unknown variety that are the same variety of Maple but I'm not sure what kind they are. Is it possible to make a bonsai out of any variety? If it is, when do I start pinching or do they have to be a certain size? Any help or advise is welcomed.

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New to Forum 7 months 1 week ago #64330

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You are basically asking for a " how to bonsai"... which is impossible.I do hope you dont think that a bonsai will grow out of your seeds, these are normal seeds that will turn into normal trees if left alone.Bonsai are made using a multitude of techniques on specific times of the year, and this for decades.
In short, yes you can make a bonsai out of every tree species, although some species are more suited than others. Most maples are ok. But... a maple is a deciduous tree, which ( assuming you are in the Northern hemisphere) should be dormant now ( as in no leaves). Because you keep yours inside the leaves are still on, your saplings cant go dormant and will die sooner or later. Trees need to be outside, period.

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New to Forum 7 months 1 week ago #64336

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Hard to tell what kind of maple it is with the purple light. Maybe post also a picture with normal lighting.
If it is the normal maple with the big leaves, then you can only make it a real bonsai, if the the trunk is huge. This because of the big leaves and big internotes. I got the advice not to start with those normal maples, but i had them growing from seed last year. But like i was told, the leaves and internotes where way to big on those seedlings, so i composted them all.
Beter spent your time with the right species to get faster results.

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