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    Thread: Bonsai collectors....need advise please

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      Bonsai collectors....need advise please

      I have a chance to buy this Trident maple bonsai for $50. It has a 3" trunk and is 24" tall. It is local. Is that a good deal? I think it is a neat looking tree! Thanks
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      Quote Originally Posted by CarolinaGirl
      I have a chance to buy this Trident maple bonsai for $50. It has a 3" trunk and is 24" tall. It is local. Is that a good deal? I think it is a neat looking tree! Thanks

      Who are you planning on buying it from? I need name, address, and phone number please.

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      Quote Originally Posted by Ethan25
      Who are you planning on buying it from? I need name, address, and phone number please.
      that information is TOP SECRET!!!

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      Then you better buy it or I'll sick my chickens on it.

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      Searrily , where is this gold mine. The pictures through the window are amazing

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      Quote Originally Posted by Dwight Floyd
      Then you better buy it or I'll sick my chickens on it.
      so is it a good deal? I haven't a clue...I never bought a bonsai before. Seems cheap enough to me....and no shipping costs either!

      It's in South Carolina. she has a few she is getting rid of...I don't know what else yet though. I think I'm going to take this one though.

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      That sounds like a great price! Neat looking bonsai, as well.
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      Maples are a tough bonasai.but it is a gorgeous one CIndy.GET IT! ANd then even if it doesn't stay a bonsai you will have a great tree! Tridents are a very nice maple.DO you have a place where is can rest in the winter.not in the house

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      Quote Originally Posted by emmalou
      Maples are a tough bonasai.but it is a gorgeous one CIndy.GET IT! ANd then even if it doesn't stay a bonsai you will have a great tree! Tridents are a very nice maple.DO you have a place where is can rest in the winter.not in the house
      I have a greenhouse that I don't heat. It stays cold in there, probably in the 40s during the day and a bit colder at night. I think I'll buy it. I really like the shape of it.

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      Yeppers.and then prune it back when you get it home..with VERY sharp pruners..it needs to be thinned out a bit.

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      I have a Trident Maple bonsai. Got it about 15-20 years ago. I have sorta been working on it half-heartedly for the last few years. Still got some branches that need wiring and re-positioning. They are beautiful trees and they turn a nice color in the fall. Even here in Houston. Mine is shaped differently than yours but I think yours looks really nice. Here's a pic of mine from a year or two ago with its fall color.

      As far as whether it is worth it... if you like it then it is worth it. I don't think $50 seems too high from the pictures.

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      Jim.that is a beaut!

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      That is beautiful Jim! So.....how often do you have to water a bonsai? Pretty often I guess....I think I may get a couple of them and put them on a drip irrigation system so I don't forget to water them.

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      Quote Originally Posted by CarolinaGirl
      That is beautiful Jim! So.....how often do you have to water a bonsai? Pretty often I guess....I think I may get a couple of them and put them on a drip irrigation system so I don't forget to water them.
      Good idea.they are very thristy being so shallow.THe breeze will dry them out on a hot day.

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      I have to water mine every day during the growing season. Sometimes 2 or 3 times a day during the hot Summer months.

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      Quote Originally Posted by Sonny
      I have to water mine every day during the growing season. Sometimes 2 or 3 times a day during the hot Summer months.
      All the more reason to put them on a drip with a timer. Easy enough to do. Do they like mist? I might build a bench for them next to the fence by the pond where they will be protected from winds and get some shade. I could put a couple of mist emmiter heads on the fence if it would keep the bonsai happy. I guess i better go buy a good book!! Uh Oh....I feel another obsession coming on!

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      Protection from wind is good. Winds can dry them out and blow them over. Misting might help prevent them from drying out but I wouldn't consider it a requirement. In my experience Trident Maples like some protection from the sun in the hot Summer months. If you start collecting different types of trees then you will probably find they have different requirements too.

      Getting a book is a good idea. Better yet... take a course if there is someone around you who really knows what they are doing. When I lived in N.J. I took a beginner's class offered by Chase Rosade in New Hope, PA. He is a well-respected American bonsai artist and I learned so much. It gave me the courage to prune, root-prune, wire and otherwise train my trees. It's really fun to try to find the beautiful tree in every plant. Check out his website (Rosade Bonsai Studio). There's some good information there.

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      I don't know anything about Bonsai trees except they take a loooong time to get that special old growth look. That one that you posted pics of Cindy sure looks like the real thing to my amatuer eyes!! So pretty...such a lovely shape .

      Jim, yours is gorgeous..I can't think of another word for it..JUST GORGEOUS!. One could make up an enchanted story about that tree and the little folk and animals that live under its' branches..it is really cool!!!

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      I've always wanted to try one .....I'd want one that of course would change with the seasons but they are always so expensive for me to try and then end up killing it...but that price seems awful good for that size....I'd like to know how you do with it! Good Luck....I love those little trees!
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