March 2014 Tips & Techniques by Scott Chadd

Those of you who attended our last meeting  experienced how bonsai can be created from superior material. One of the things that we try to convince our new members of is: please try to acquire good material for your bonsai. Please don’t start purchasing a bunch of $25-$35 stuff in 3 gallon containers with the hope of turning it into a bonsai as soon as you find some time. It won’t take long for you to realize that you have set a trap for yourself. When you go out to  water your plants after a year or two you will find that you have 50 small containers of potential (with the accent on potential) bonsai material, it is all you can do to water them and keep them alive, and instead of bonsai being a source of joy and satisfaction it has simply become another “chore” that somehow must be accomplished. Work with us to get fewer trees but focus on quality not quantity.

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