questionsanyone have any bonsai trees?

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@thewronggrape and @miyoshinum5 I know your recommendation was in response to @davidschronic post, but I was excited to hear about your good results with bamboo because I am always looking for plant options that might survive my daughter's brown thumb. Thanks for your suggestion!

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Don't have one, but went to a bonsai tree museum this summer in Japan. Fantastic!

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Bonsai Trees can be any species of tree. http://simple.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bonsai As noted by other Wooters they can be a real pain in the gluteus maximus depending upon the species cultivated. The major problem with many Bonsai is they are outdoor trees with a NEED for cold time being forced to live indoors where hefty cold time is not possible. I was recently given a “Curly” Japanese Willow [by the founder of Flora Designs in NYC] which can serve very well as a Bonsai. One major advantage of this species is that it adapts very well to all weather conditions including extreme cold and heat. It will do better if cultivated and kept outside and can grow to about 30 feet if allowed. However, if you want to try your hand at Bonsai, this tree has wonderful branches and designs in its corkscrew anatomy especially the branches are cornerstones in floral designs [search curly willow branches]. Curly can be kept in a pot and alternated between in and outdoor time with extended out-time.

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You'll have to pick one for the conditions in the place you'll want to keep it. Pines do best when they're brought or kept outside most of the time. There are a number of flowering varieties that do well indoors depending on how much light you're going to be able to give them. I suggest not buying from the local hardware/garden center but going to someone that specializes.

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I have a Bonsai in my kitchen right by the window. I have it almost 2 years now and as far as watering, I have not had any issues with, I find it the easiest plant I ever had, We had cactus in the same spot and it did not look good after 2 years.

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@thewronggrape: I second bamboo. I've never cared for a bonsai tree before, but I have had bamboo and as long as it has water it'll live. It's a tough little plant.

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I have tried to maintain a bonsai before and find them pretty difficult and time-consuming.

A much easier plant that will add some green to your desk is the "lucky bamboo" plant. They seem to need little more than water now and then:

https://www.google.com/search?q=lucky+bamboo+plant&num=100&hl=en&newwindow=1&safe=off&tbo=u&tbm=isch

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Sorry, but I can't help. What I can do is post this JoCo song that mentions bonsai trees. Incidentally, you should get one. Bonsai trees are awesome.

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Bonsai are extremely difficult and very time consuming. My dad has 26 $1000+ trees and he has been doing it for 22 years. Even with all that experience, the best tools, and studying under masters of the art, he still has trees die sometimes. Bonsai are very beautiful but the real art is keeping them alive. My dad always recommended that if I ever got a bonsai, I should get one from someone who grows bonsai.

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I only drink shots of sake when I hear "bonsai!" now-a-days, but if I needed a trouble-free, indoor, forgiving plant I'd look toward the Ginseng Ficus Bonsai Tree.