Tamarix bonsai how to create a weeping form

cadillactasteAugust 19, 2013

I pruned my tamarix last night...the blooms had been spent and it was starting to look bad. Stumbled upon this weeping form bonsai and wish to know how to go about starting one. I found a site...but I still have questions...
Do I want the end of the pruned branch...or the thicker part...cutting the top off? I know I have to wire it down when branches form...that seems simple enough...it's the getting started part I'm boggled with...wanting to start out on the right foot here...

Any advice is appreciated.

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cadillactaste

So I braided one...may take a small branch and contort it to wire and see if it will take a twisted trunk...and see if I can do anything with them. Worst case...I fail. But if I don't try...I'll never know.

It is said that if stuck in water it will grow grow roots. Thinking fairy garden plants...hopefully...we'll see.

    Bookmark   August 19, 2013 at 10:21AM
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cadillactaste

If this would grow root...do I need a specific substrate for soil? I also see mention of a humidity tray. Not sure I would need one of those either...

    Bookmark   August 23, 2013 at 9:13PM
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cadillactaste

I've got roots starting...I would imagine I need more established roots...so I'll let it continue to grow them in the water. But...honestly I don't know if I need a special soil to plant this in for a bonsai...if I need a humidity tray...or what I may need to turn this into something similar to the weeping bonsai that is in the first photo.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

    Bookmark   August 28, 2013 at 7:51AM
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cadillactaste

Found some great how to on training a weeping Tmarix. :)

Here is a link that might be useful: http://www.phoenixbonsai.com/Notes/Tamarisk.pdf

    Bookmark   September 1, 2013 at 12:19PM
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