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This is a discussion on Finally! A Bonsai Tree of My Own! within the A Kodak Moment: not necessarily plants... forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; Maura, is it 'sods law'? or 'irony'? or possibly 'hindsight'? neither are good to us ...
Maura, is it 'sods law'? or 'irony'? or possibly 'hindsight'? neither are good to us nonetheless except to readers after info. These terms of vigorous, easy, tolerant, adaptable, hardy, i find quite a familiar adjective in their use by the author refering to a plant in their custody. That is, ofcourse until we choose to exploit this advantage in a specific search/mission and purchase.
The wonderment that is 'acclimatization', so familiar to us can equally apply here, with similar results in our experience with orchids i.e not always favourable or good!
Many exquisite and impressive bonsais for sale and displayed in retail settings offer the samething with 'change' as with orchids. But its tolerated as we well know, majority suffering a disruption on varying scales appearing to decline somewhat as it adjusts and gradually makes progress to improve. The many species are cultivated 'cool' with exceptions of species selected such as shrubs for native availability and advantage of being quick to adjust/ flourish in applicable part of the world. The 'cool' element has IMHO a big deal to do with the shop to home transition.
Many issues run parallel with those of orchids at first, in this case though, the 'floristry- wire' should definelty come into play as leaf/flower blast or drop does not indicate death. The subject still requires training and whatever it looks like now is irrelevant (except in cases of pest/disease/culture troubles) as this is far from your objective. Root pruning needs to wait though until progress resumes and gradually with ongoing intervention the plant becomes a hardy character.
I have used native trees/shrubs more so than specialist/imported species. That mature incredible specimen for sale may risk a few unwanted issues. It may require acidic or lime. I cant grow acers normally so a bonsai acer has little hope with me really and many will not take kindly to a central heated home if its origin/instinct/ life so far lies with a 5oc - 15oc temp range The skills alone demand a great deal of respect and even more respect aimed at the specialist him/herself.
It can still be fun! A species of any kind can be planted in a restricted container with trimming or pruning absent from the care completely. Its trunk will still thicken and mature.
Unless one has the desire to go pro and exhibit
Position, bend and secure branches in loops/ crosses or vertical and horizontal directions. Search images in engine, bound to have extensive ideas from pros and amateurs, mavricks and uniform. I cant abide even, symmetric, i need 3 not a pair.
We have the berberis shrub, quite common here, good for birds.