Fastest Growing Bonsai?

nevada89005February 16, 2009

Hello all!

I was curious about what might be the best plant to use as a bonsai and get the fullest results in the least amount of time? I know you can't rush art, but I'm just a bit curious.

I am assuming a willow or poplar would work best, but I'll wait for the experts. ( :


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Bonsai like you said can't be rushed it is a long time consuming art form. But if you start with a corkscrew willow you can have a start of a bonsai in a couple of years. By start I mean a promising tree that will look like a bonsai a lot sooner than a Maple tree which will take several years, the nice thing about Corkscrew Willow is that you can take a cutting that already looks good and start it indoors this time of year. I have started about 20 in the den now. After you have them rooted, and later in the year you can move them outside. Hope this helps.

    Bookmark   February 18, 2009 at 11:07AM
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I am always amazed at how long growing and caring for these trees takes!

    Bookmark   March 11, 2009 at 12:19PM
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magic_dave(z9 FL)

Redwood is extremely fast growing, so fast that it is usually not reccomended for bonsai.

    Bookmark   April 18, 2009 at 8:11PM
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jastitizer(zone 7)

I thought this was the EXCHANGE froum.

    Bookmark   August 27, 2009 at 11:32PM
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ok im a bonsai noob but i like the style and i need a small but uniquie shape

    Bookmark   October 1, 2011 at 1:12AM
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I have a ficus retusa and it grows really fast. I have to trim it once ever 2-3 months.

    Bookmark   March 5, 2012 at 2:38AM
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Bonsai growing have a lot to do with patience so I recommend you to buy a full grown bonsai or at least a prebonsai (a bonsai on its early stage). There are many cheap options out there. It'll be a rewarding experience because bonsai caring can be as fun as bonsai training. Cheers.

Here is a link that might be useful: Grow a Bonsai

    Bookmark   May 21, 2013 at 4:06PM
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Fast growing bonsai require more care than slower growing bonsai, including watering, pinching and root pruning more often. These varieties of plants make shaping and twisting the bonsai much easier and the plants grow quickly enough to cover any trimming mistakes eg.Ancient Bristlecone and Bald Cypress (taxodium distichum)

    Bookmark   June 23, 2013 at 7:00AM
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