Anyone into bonsai?


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I was introduced into the art of bonsai through a manual that I bumped into in a library and was fascinated by the designs but have never ventured into the art. I guess the plants so sculptured should fetch a premium. I think bonsai is not too involving and would not be bad for a beginner. Which tropical plants are good for bonsai?
 
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I love bonsai plants. Couple of years ago,I used to make my own bonsai. However, after two or three years, my bonsai plants began dying or over growing, thus I stopped doing bonsai. I learned bonsai from DYI article published on a gardening magazine and YouTube Videos. Any plant that grows into big trees is fit for bonsai.
 
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I tried a Japanese Maple cutting that lived for about a year, I ended up transplanting it and did something along the way it did not like, and quickly perished. I would purchase more and try my hand at an established tree.

Only other plant I would say is "bonsai" in my garden is a very well groomed jade plant that looks very much like a tree.
As for a tropical tree? I do not know of anything specifically tropical, but trees that do well with humidity and warmth are cherry trees, ficus, figs, black olive, and Chinese elm. We have larger non-bonsai ficus and jades that love water and take humidity well (if it ever gets humid...)
 
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Living in Japan right now it's really made me appreciate the beauty and skill required for bonsai!

I haven't tried it myself but some friends I have made here are very much into it. I don't know about tropical plants though, since here in Tokyo it's not a tropical climate...
 
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I really cannot say that I have seen too many or really ever had the chance to get one, but I would jump at the chance and I have always wanted to have one around. I really do not know the first thing about them though, so I would have to do some research.
 

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