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Question: First bonsai
I've been passionate about bonsai for a while, but I've never tried making one. Now, for contingent reasons, I find myself at home with four shoots: 2 of Fagus sylvatica and mandarin. I would like to plant three in nature and leave only one of them for my first attempt as a bonsai curator. I know that these are not exactly suitable plants for bonsai, but I would still like some advice: being a beginner, what should I choose? Or is it better to replant all four specimens in the wild and start with a more suitable species?
Thanks for your attention!
Answer: First bonsai
one of the major rocks to be tackled by a novice bonsai artist is to obtain plants with small foliage; since in addition to this, a bonsai must be treated to have a healthy root system, a good development, a beautiful scaffolding of branches, a bearing appropriate to a bonsai ...
we try to choose plants of essences as the first bonsai that at least eliminate some of the aforementioned concerns; and usually it starts from the foliage. Generally, a bonsai for beginners will be a plant with leaves already small, with a luxuriant growth; if you choose an outdoor plant, you are looking for one that has no problem with the climate in which we live.
Generally beginners start with elms or maples, not because they have already small foliage, but because they sprout easily and bear any "mistreatment"; if you want to start with minute foliage I suggest you pyracanth, cotoneaster, ilex, boxwood or privet: these are vigorous plants, with decidedly small leaves and, in the case of the cotoneaster and the pyracantha, you will also have small fruits.
So, my advice is to plant the plants you have prepared in the open ground, and choose easier ones.
When a new complex hobby begins - and I assure you that bonsaism is an art that is refined over the years, through attempts that are not always happy - in general it is well known that not all our projects will go straight to fruition; for this reason, when trying to get a prebonsai from small plants, we avoid dedicating ourselves to a single specimen, rather we start with 2-3 small plants, hoping that our initial mistakes do not kill them all in one fell swoop.
The plants that I suggested are easily obtainable from seed, if you have no patience and want to immediately start pruning, repotting, watering, I suggest you go to a good well-stocked nursery, and look for small hedge plants: they are cheap, they are vigorous, and in the nursery they often have many specimens. Don't buy plants at random, but take a little time to figure out which plants are already "prepared" for bonsai, with branches already positioned in the correct position, or with a hair already formed, so that your work does not consist in completely distorting the plant you just bought.
Prepare yourself spiritually for the possibility of sacrificing some small plants, it has happened to everyone, it commonly happens to the bonsaists, do not let yourself be demoralized by the first failures, and do not exalt yourself for the first successes.