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kapok tree

Posted by ray_ratliff z10 South Florida (My Page) on
Mon, Jun 2, 08 at 17:56

Hi, I want to see if anyone has grown a kapok tree as a bonsai? I am interested in it because of its deciduous flowering habits. Any feedback about your experiences with growing this type of tree as a bonsai would be appreciated. Thanks!

-Ray-


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RE: kapok tree

Wouldn't the flowers be too large for bonsai - fruit and flowers won't 'reduce' as leaves do, so only trees with small fruit are used, and only rarely would a somewhat large flower be tried, and then only a couple of blooms allowed to open (as with hibiscus) so as not to be completely out of proportion to the rest of the tree, even a relatively large one.


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RE: kapok tree

Good point Lucy! Maybe just dwarfing the tree is a better idea than trying to make a full fledged bonsai out of it.

-Ray-


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RE: kapok tree

I say go for it! Its worth a try...But its best to make it a large one for reasons already said,but if u want the tree to be small and completely clustered with colors this is the tree for it! =D just keep your distance as the tree will smell! Come on as a bonsaist as long as you shape it as art and grow it respectively at once he is on the right path! Good Luck! P.S. I am going to do the same thing when i move to florida =D


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RE: kapok tree

I found this site. I thought it was interesting.

http://plants.guidestobuy.com/silk-cotton-tree-10-seeds-ceiba-tropical-or-bonsai-free-shipping-on-additional-hirts-seeds

Hope it can help.

Gardener Guy


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RE: kapok tree

does anyone know when this tree matures? I wanted to know so when i bonsai it i know when to expect the first blooms.


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