Baby Bonsai

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Baby Bonsai

Postby unclejohn » May 17th, 2018, 4:08 am

I would be grateful if you could help me. I just became an uncle and would like to get my nephew a seed and starter kit so he has a tree he can grow up with. I tried ordering Callistemon Viminalis seeds but they turned out to be an East Coast variety that couldn't be imported to Western Australia. Does anyone know a, preferably native, plant that would make a good bonsai growing in the Perth climate that I can source seeds for?

Thank you all for your time
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Re: Baby Bonsai

Postby quodlibet_ens » May 17th, 2018, 7:38 am

Here's a list of plants endemic to W.A. (I thought it would be easier to give you a list and then discuss what is best to grow rather than tell you what to grow.)

http://www.australianplants.com/plants. ... in&value=9

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Re: Baby Bonsai

Postby quodlibet_ens » May 17th, 2018, 7:42 am

Looking at the list, perhaps Kunzea or Melaleuca might be a nice option?

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Re: Baby Bonsai

Postby shibui » May 17th, 2018, 8:11 pm

Pup has some great bonsai from local Perth Melaleucas. You should also be able to source seed or small plants of some nice Callistemon in WA. I know one cultivar is Callistemon Kings Park special because it was first identified at the botanic gardens there. I see that Kings Park shop is selling packets of Callistemon glauca which should be just as suitable for bonsai.
Also try Nindethana seed based at Albany WA. they have 21 callistemon species listed at the moment.
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Re: Baby Bonsai

Postby unclejohn » May 18th, 2018, 8:37 am

Thank you both so much for your help. I've ordered a bunch of local species from following your suggestions, hope he gets green fingers.
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Re: Baby Bonsai

Postby Mbunro » May 18th, 2018, 9:35 am

https://australianseed.com.au/collections/bonsai

these guys are located in WA. pretty fast delivery, and had nearly 100 percent success sprouting them.
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Re: Baby Bonsai

Postby shibui » May 18th, 2018, 6:30 pm

Just had a look at that link MB.
I hope the seed is more accurately identified than the photos they have attached to the species. I'd swear that's a Japanese Black pine shown as Calitris endlicherii and there are plenty of other doubtful matches on that page :lost:
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Re: Baby Bonsai

Postby Rory » May 18th, 2018, 9:59 pm

shibui wrote:Just had a look at that link MB.
I hope the seed is more accurately identified than the photos they have attached to the species. I'd swear that's a Japanese Black pine shown as Calitris endlicherii and there are plenty of other doubtful matches on that page :lost:


Hahahaha.

I love their ramification on the silky oak :whistle:
and they way they’ve stretched each leaf of the banksia Spinulosa is mind boggling.
Yeah, that’s pretty poor.
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Re: Baby Bonsai

Postby Mbunro » June 4th, 2018, 2:22 pm

Haha. Yeah allot of the photos are wrong but the few species iv bought seem to be as described.

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