Bonsai Anyone?

Monday, September 13, 2010

I spotted this beautiful plant at a bonsai nursery recently. It has a price tag of RM780... expensive? Yes it was! But I really liked it very much as the plant bears beautiful little red fruits and cute pink flowers at the same time.



Did I buy it? Well, yes... but just a small rooted stem cutting that I could afford... at RM15 :-D 




Nonetheless, it was not a perfect cutting as the nursery owner honestly told me that the cutting has difficulties growing. She even gave me some 'kapur' (chalk) to treat the stem :-(

Also she told me to get a small brush to scrap off the black growths on its stem... which I am still figuring out how to go about doing it.



After treating the plant, I just left it out in the open at a spot that receives full morning sun daily. Thirteen days later, I was happy to see more leaves and even flower buds growing!



I was glad that the shop owner offered me this cutting eventhough it was not a 'good' one. Now I really hope this plant, Acerola (Malpighia Glabra) will continue to flourish well in my garden :-D

Lesson learnt: Shop for bonsai only when I have a 'deep pocket' (which probably never happen anytime soon...) as it is not everyday that I could find/buy a cutting like this one ;-)

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18 comments

  1. It's a very pretty bonsai. For RM15, it's a steal.

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  2. I've always loved bonsai but haven't had one myself. Good luck with yours!

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  3. Wow, now you soon will have your own tiny appletree. Bonsai is sad to be a patient hobby, but that's no problem I guess, you seem to have plenty and green fingers, a usefull combination. Now I look forward to see those small flowers on your tree :)

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  4. cool! I think all the bonsai techniques are so fascinating. I guess some people think it's like torture to trees -and I can see that point someitmes when you see branches twisted with wire or weighed down with pennies, but all the care and clipping - just so interesting.

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  5. That looks fun! I have no clue how expensive RM15 is, but I'll take your word for it. I love the acerola. I had a gorgeous specimen in my garden last year (tree-sized though). It produced fruit and flowers for a long time. Then it died in our freakish freeze this past winter. :`( I think I might try it again, as it is supposed to grow in our zone. Have fun with yours!

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  6. I love the look of Bonsai, they are so cute.. I hope perhaps to try one next year.

    I'll keep my fingers crossed for the cute little cutting you have..

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  7. That's a really cool looking bonsai, so tiny and has fruits already! I hope it will grow very well for you.

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  8. I love to have a bonsai, but prefer to do it from stratch instead of buying them & paying for them in hundreds$$$.

    One of the concept is pruning... and its more of trial and error that makes the difference.

    Good luck. :)

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  9. My dad is very anti-bonsai hahaha. He'll never stop criticizing them whenever he sees one. But yours is special, it has cute flowers! Hope yours grow into a magnificent bonsai.

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  10. Bonsai are really expensive! Soon you will have your own beautiful Bonsai tree!

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  11. Bonsai is really expensive as lotsa care is put into growing them beautifully.

    Steph, that's a pot of Barbados Cherry. I have one too. But I keep it as it is and did not prune and twist it with wires to turn it into a bonsai. A neighbour of mine said she kept her plant as bonsai. The fruit is ornamental like and it is a bit sour even though when it's ripe. It has a high content of Vitamin C. So get your dosage of Vit C from your garden! That's what I do...hee..hee.

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  12. Hi Steph, Bonsai is so fascinating. They are very expensive here too (but I always like to look).

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  13. With enough nurture and care, I am sure you will have it growing strong in no time.
    I have NEVER bought a bonsai. I am too cheap.

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  14. Love to look at Bonsai, but have never had one. The price tags scare me too much.
    Suzanne

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  15. Bonsai is gardening with art and creativity in mind. Huh, such patience... I have seen one over in Japan, a bonsai on the ground, shaped into a boat. Some 300 years of patience!!. I would love to see bonsai progressing in your hand. ~bangchik

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  16. Your bonsai looks so cute :) Haven't seen you for quite some time!! Miss you lah!

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  17. Thanks for all your encouragement! Now, I hope that I will have the patience to grow one bonsai ;-) Have a great weekend.

    JC, yes, the plant is also known as Barbados Cherry. Good to know you have one as well.

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