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Re: Your Bonsai Age

Postby pebble » March 9th, 2016, 6:02 pm

I first noticed and took a liking to bonsai when I was renovating a house as an apprentice, the owner had an amazing big collection of bonsai and the first thing I said to him I think was oh you have lots of those little trees like on karate kid haha :tu: . But didn’t get my first bonsai till a few years later, think it was a trident maple which I had killed with in a few weeks through what I now know to be over watering and lack of sun light.
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Re: Your Bonsai Age

Postby Starfox » March 9th, 2016, 7:00 pm

I guess my bonsai age is zero still, about 4-5 months.

My first tree is an Chinese Elm which is going quite well and ready for a repot and clean out, manged to kill a serissa already though.
My first exposure of bonsai was years ago and one of my Dads fishing buddies had a collection in Adelaide but can't really say that had much impact on me other than I can still recall it.
I kind of stumbled into bonsai in an effort to find some Aussie natives for our home garden here in Spain and I found what is most likely trees from members here and was a little blown away by it all so I started seriously looking into it more.

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Re: Your Bonsai Age

Postby Lane » March 10th, 2016, 7:33 am

I too have left my age at 1 despite having had a few bonsai for the last five years, however, they sat and were watered although I did nothing but keep them alive throughout this time.

It wasn't until early last year that my interest started to build, I started to increase my collection and do some heavy reading, joined this site and actually gave my plants the proper care and attention they deserved.

I was a landscaper for a couple of years and looked after a large vegie garden at work for several years too which I believed has attributed to me not having killed one, yet.
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Re: Your Bonsai Age

Postby melbrackstone » March 12th, 2016, 10:05 pm

Like Boics I started playing around with bonsai back in the 80's....such a long time ago....

One thing after another stopped me from spending enough time actually learning enough, then a huge drought came and took my last remaining trees, so I gave it away completely for 8 or so years... then my interest was piqued again, and I found this place, just last year... and my knowledge has grown so quickly I think I'm at least a 3 year old. :)
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Re: Your Bonsai Age

Postby Sean M » March 13th, 2016, 7:59 am

I started when my wife was given a bonsai. She didn't look after it and I adopted it. I bet she wishes that she looked after it now that I have amassed a small forest of potensai.
So the Redwood turns to the Bonsai and says "Lend me a Tenner"......
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Re: Your Bonsai Age

Postby dibly_w » November 29th, 2016, 12:30 pm

Mmm first bonsai ... a lovely fig , has been through mamy battles since then including being snapped in half during a big storm !!!
One way to reduce the height haha
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Re: Your Bonsai Age

Postby etaeater » January 7th, 2017, 12:39 pm

Mmm here goes, been a member for a while but sitting in the background watching! Bonsai age in truth about forty years, in reality about 10. First bonsai was given as a gift in 1984, a Caesalpinea Ferrea or Leopard tree. It is still alive but not too pretty.
Not posted anything before but about to try and add photos and questions.
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Re: Your Bonsai Age

Postby Steven » May 12th, 2017, 8:54 am

Thought it might be a good idea to prompt everyone to update their Bonsai Age since it's been a year since I last posted this.

Steven wrote:As you probably already know, in everyone's profile there is a field for our Bonsai Age. This is how many years we have been practising bonsai.

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This field does not update by itself so I would like to encourage everyone to take a moment and update or enter their bonsai age.

To do this you need to:
1. Click on your 'User Control Panel' in the top left hand corner of the board.
2. Click on the 'Profile' tab.
3. Update the 'Bonsai Age' field with the number of yours you have been into bonsai.

You may like to update the other fields while you are there.

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While we are at it, why not post a reply in this thread explaining how you first got interested in bonsai and what your first tree was.

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Re: Your Bonsai Age

Postby benrobertson4730 » May 12th, 2017, 10:05 am

My bonsai age is 2 years as of last month. I've always loved trees and grew up in a bushy suburb of Melbourne. I went to a local nursery looking for some orchids and came across the small bonsai section. In hindsight, they weren't great (although better than most, Bunnings etc) but it sparked a curiosity and as soon as I got home I got on the internet and came across the YouTube pages of graham potter and bonsai empire and I was blown away. I visited Lindsay Farr's nursery and bought myself a little trident maple. It is now dead but I have since learnt a lot and have way too many trees, most of which have a lot more potential than that initial tree. After lots of experimenting, a few dead trees and a whole lot of fun I can now say I have never been more passionate about anything in my life.

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Re: Your Bonsai Age

Postby John(JP) » August 15th, 2017, 12:14 pm


My bonsai age is just over 3 - could have been lots more but when became first interested(25yrs ago) I rapidly killed two(2) gifts of bonsai mostly because I knew everything and refused to be taught or listen.

I retired and a good golf friend talked me into starting again - I now admit to being a child - joined CBS - joined Mirai Live - joined Morton Albeck's site - volunteer at the Arboretum as much as I can - am surrounded by great books, great people with great advice and great experience and am now glued to Ausbonsai.

Small trees - big dreams - loving it.
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Re: Your Bonsai Age

Postby SueBee » December 10th, 2017, 8:11 am

I revised by Bonsai age down- After reading so many posts on this site I realised I know nothing- even though I had a dozen Bonsai 20 years ago and they died while I worked overseas,I travelled into Bonsai alone and taught myself. Now I realise I taught myself nothing. So thank you to all who share on here because you make it possible for beginners to learn....even when they THINK they know. :aussie: :aussie: :aussie: oi,oi,oi.
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Re: Your Bonsai Age

Postby fae » December 10th, 2017, 8:23 am

We are always learning SueBee, that’s part of the attraction to Bonsai and for me being outside.

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