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Simple beginnings 11 months 3 weeks ago #33439

So.. With the negative feelings around I thought perhaps it would be better to start a positive tone here. I am looking for your trees with the most simple of beginnings.. Let's create a thread that follows these trees through time and shows how a simpleplant can become a nice tree.

In 2012 I bought a binch of Malus seedlings (see www.bonsaiempire.nl/forum/koop-en-verkoo...is-starters?start=10 ). This is what started with then:


I have let it grow out for a few years, then cut the main trunk, layered a section of trunk and created a cascade with the first branch. That was 2 years ago. This is what I now have sitting in my garden:


As the plant is now about 7 years old, I hope to get flowers within the next 3 years. A =t that time I hope to get some ramnificatioon n the cascading branch.

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Simple beginnings 11 months 3 weeks ago #33440

Here is another one.

Garden centre olive ( www.bonsaiempire.com/forum/progressions/...ive-that-got-smaller ?)

June 2013:


And last summer:

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Simple beginnings 11 months 3 weeks ago #33449

leatherback wrote: Here is another one. Garden centre olive


How old is it? Congrats for the patience. I' trying with seeds myself, knowing it's going to be a long way.
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Simple beginnings 11 months 3 weeks ago #33454

N idea. I have had it since 2012, been working toward bonsai since 2013.

You have some projects to share?
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Simple beginnings 11 months 3 weeks ago #33459

leatherback wrote: You have some projects to share?


Nothing exciting at the moment, Leatherback; I'd rather wait for spring (September here). :-)
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Simple beginnings 11 months 3 weeks ago #33476

I like this post. I'm always on the lookout when i'm visiting a gardencenter. In the netherland a good time to look for a bargain is when start building the christmas market.
Pinus mugo, karsten winter gold €10,- The only thing i have done with this tree,make it smaller after a growing season to stimulate backbudding. Every year a bit smaller. first pic 14-03-2014 last pic 29-05-2017
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Simple beginnings 11 months 3 weeks ago #33479

Great transformation there Orlandoo!
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Simple beginnings 11 months 3 weeks ago #33480

Thanks.you did a great job yourself
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Simple beginnings 11 months 3 weeks ago #33482

Great demo of how a bonsai is made from a bigger tree :)
Very good how you managed to develop foliage low and close to the trunk!
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Simple beginnings 11 months 3 weeks ago #33493

Very nice work everyone I'm envious! I don't really have a time line to show but I did start a maple seedling this year, added some movement to the trunk and that's about it so far. Thanks for the great inspiration.

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