xxbodhixx(Zone7 TX)December 31, 2007

I live in West Texas and for the past several years have looked out upon the vast cotton fields here and wondered whether or not cotton would survive bonsai life.

I did some searching and only found 1 example on the web, but could not find any information on if it is deciduous. Wikipedia says that it is tropical or subtropical but also says that it doesn't have a minimum temperature requirement??

Has anyone ever tried this experiment or have any insight? I collected several boles today and will plant in the spring. Any insight would be appreciated.


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Never heard of it being tried, but don't know enough about growth habit to say one way or another, but does it in fact get a woody trunk, have a reasonable lifespan and possibly bud back (on the lower trunk or rear-ward on branches) if cut? Does the trunk fatten up to any extent and then taper? Of course Cottonwood trees are used, but I've been around bonsai a looong time and no one to my knowledge has even ever raised the issue, though a lot of unusual things have been asked about (i.e. mesquite).

    Bookmark   December 31, 2007 at 7:43PM
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bonsaibean(7 - TN)

I'm not sure if cotton plants will survive for multiple years which would be a first important requirement. I live in Tennessee, and there is plenty of cotton around, but it's always harvested annually, and the remainders of the plants are left to die or plowed under. It is a pretty rough looking plant, so if you could get one to survive for years, it could work.

    Bookmark   January 5, 2008 at 5:28PM
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xxbodhixx(Zone7 TX)

I live in Lubbock, Texas and it is covered in cotton. I know that they spray something on the plants before harvest that makes the plants drop all of it's leaves and open the boll. Then I think they just plow the plant under. No one seems to know if they will live for years if cared for. Not even botanical web sites. It's odd.

    Bookmark   January 13, 2008 at 9:42AM
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go to that site and read. It is NOT an annual.

Here is a link that might be useful: Cotton info

    Bookmark   January 13, 2008 at 11:12AM
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