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Growing plum from seed - when do I start shaping? 2 months 1 week ago #36688

I'm new to bonsai and thought it might be possible to create one from an ordinary plum tree, grown from a pit. The seedling is just reaching a year old now and has started to lay down bark at its base. It's still primarily green and quite thin and straight.

I was wondering if it was advisable to start wiring it now, or do I need to wait until it's fully covered in bark? At what size in general should a seedling be considered ready for shaping and 'bonsaification'? And also, if this type of tree CAN be turned into a bonsai

Attached is an image, the plant is about 30 cm tall and I haven't started any preparations for it yet

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Growing plum from seed - when do I start shaping? 2 months 1 week ago #36689

BronzeOrange wrote: At what size in general should a seedling be considered ready for shaping and 'bonsaification'?


Never.

Let it grow, do not wire it, do not try to shape it. Start learning the techniques for growing a trunk. You have plenty of time to learn before you can do anything to your tree.

www.growingbonsai.net/growing-bonsai/growing-trunks/

www.bonsaiempire.com/basics/cultivation/from-seeds
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Thanks! :)
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