Thursday, June 6, 2013

Not an Orchid

While walking with Maggie the other day the conversation turned to a topic other than the dogs. One of the ladies was planning to move and was disposing of her plants. I had already missed out on getting a BUNCH of orchids but she still had a bonsai that she wanted to have a good home.

I am old enough to have gone through a variety of horticultural interests, bonsai having been one. Long story short, I now have this tree.

Beech Tree Bonsai

It is a variety of beech. It stands fourteen inches above the 8 x 6 x 2 1/2-inch pot. She had owned it for eight years. It still has leaves developing so it should be very pretty. It will live in the outdoor growing area under 60% shadecloth.

I will certainly keep it through the summer until the leaves are gone. After that, I don't know. There is not going to be greenhouse space for over the winter.

6 comments:

  1. Neat. I've thought about trying bonsai, but I already have too many things to take care of...

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  2. I tried bonsai early on, pre-orchid passion. I couldn't get it right. Tried pruning my own, buying them ready to go...just seemed to be too wet or too dry, not enough humidity, etc...I bet an established greenhouse would be a nice environment. Someday, I'll winterize mine. Not quite sure how to begin.

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  3. It has beautiful form and love the light green foliage. I always wanted to try bonsai but not sure if they could live in zone 10 (S. Florida) outdoors with some protected shade. I may just have to try to grow one.

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  4. Ficus bonsai would grow well in FL. So Bursera simaruba

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  5. This beech tree will do just fine outside all winter.Put it in a spot sheltered from the wind and let it rest until spring. It doesn't need to take up any space in a greenhouse :)

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  6. Thanks, Lance. I have a spot for it then.

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