Make a Jade Bonsai 101

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    Jan 18, 2012 12:52 AM GMT
    Just turned a boring pot of Jade plants into individual bonsais. If you try it, and the pots have no drainage, add at least a third full with rocks for drainage, and never water more than the volume taken up by the rocks. Jades hate overwatering. Like water once a month. Use cacti soil, or 50/50 sand/potting mix. Jades like full sun, so they're great for a sunny window sill. Just acclimate them to it gradually if they've been in a store under low light for a while.

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  • bishop65

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    Jan 18, 2012 1:04 AM GMT
    Very impressive! I never had luck with bonsai.
  • absman

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    Jan 18, 2012 4:12 AM GMT
    the jade in the white pot looks very attractive. over time it will become side heavy so my suggestion is to place a stake to help recenter the stem more over the middle of the pot. good luck. remember to check for mealy bug occasionally.
  • chill_surf

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    Jan 18, 2012 4:14 AM GMT
    Those are gorgeous. I've been sculpting my bonsai for almost two years. It's not easy but well worth it.
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    Jan 18, 2012 4:20 AM GMT
    These are like a poor man's bonsai (that's me!) with little cost risk. Would love to own one of those miniature maples but scared to death it will die. If I'm not mistaken, most bonsai like full sun and cool nights (like real outdoor trees). Yes?
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    Jan 18, 2012 4:40 AM GMT
    Just found this picture as part of a bonsai Photoshop contest. If only, right? icon_wink.gif

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    Jan 18, 2012 8:01 AM GMT
    i keep reading "made a Jake Benson" every time I see this thread title icon_confused.gif
  • chill_surf

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    Jan 18, 2012 3:04 PM GMT
    wrestlervic saidThese are like a poor man's bonsai (that's me!) with little cost risk. Would love to own one of those miniature maples but scared to death it will die. If I'm not mistaken, most bonsai like full sun and cool nights (like real outdoor trees). Yes?


    Actually no. Some bonsai's prefer only a little sun and/or just a little bit of water. In fact, mine's not even really a tree, but a type of ginseng. It doesn't flower but then, I probably would kill something nicer too!
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    Jan 19, 2012 1:39 AM GMT
    wrestlervic saidThese are like a poor man's bonsai (that's me!) with little cost risk. Would love to own one of those miniature maples but scared to death it will die. If I'm not mistaken, most bonsai like full sun and cool nights (like real outdoor trees). Yes?


    I think the big idea of bonsai is to make your own as you are doing, to tend it over the course of your life and to enjoy it as it matures.

    If you want an instantly mature-looking bonsai-esque plant or a starter-bonsai, just head to homodepot or your nearest nursery and get a potted juniper plant. Find a real knarly one with lots of angling branches to it. Then clip it into the form of a bonsai. You can be creative and instead of forcing certain limbs to head in specific directions by wrapping in wire, if you start with a mature plant, by clipping the appropriate branches you'll show off the more twisty looking angles. The cuts will scar over with time.

    As a general rule, you'll want to cut branches that head down, leaving branches that grow up or at new angles to any side. Then see what you've got left, then further clip from there to reduce the "crown" of the "tree".

    I never got into them myself, though I've done some bonsai-esque type clipping of garden plants which seemed to have the form for it, only on a larger, non bonsai, yet non full sized scale.

    When I lived in south Florida I was often a visitor to the bonsai collection at the Morikami where I studied their forms. Here's the website:

    http://www.morikami.org/gardens/bonsai-collection/

    PS, Just looked up what's available online. Totally go by what I wrote above.
    Here's a juniper some guy's trying to sell for $70.

    http://www.bonsaiboy.com/catalog/product32.html
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    You could do the same thing for about $4.98 for the plant and $12.50 for the vase, and 20 minutes of pruning. S&H not included.
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    Jan 19, 2012 1:42 AM GMT
    Hell mine is rotting maybe to much of water...but luv this little Jades they look amazing Dragon fin kinda..icon_cool.gif
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    Jan 19, 2012 2:43 AM GMT
    har19 saidHell mine is rotting maybe to much of water...but luv this little Jades they look amazing Dragon fin kinda..icon_cool.gif


    Could be. Yeah, treat them like cacti. I had mine in full sun and sometimes only watered every five weeks or so. Never lost a leaf.