If you get hooked on this absorbing hobby you will probably get more pleasure and certainly have something more rewarding and less expensive from creating beautiful bonsai yourself. Go to your local garden centre and choose something suitable for turning into a bonsai – it will not cost a fortune. Buying a tree with the potential to be trained into a bonsai and creating something you can be amazingly rewarding.
A beautiful bonsai does not have to be old – it can be a young tree of just a few years of age or an old, old tree reclaimed from a landfill or dug from a hedge (providing you have the landowners permission).
Many species, often the most suitable for bonsai training, are very difficult or near impossible to find in a nursery be it a specialist nursey or a garden centre. Enthusiasts have found that trees most suited to their very specific requirements can most often be found in strange places.
A collected tree expresses the struggle for survival through its appearance and bark. This is very difficult to achieve with nursery material. Collected trees have a unique history, written expressly for each one of them, making them more interesting and much more desirable.
Where do you find these remarkable aged trees? Well you must look hard in many and varied places. Sometimes in a hedge that has been constantly cut back or nibbled by grazing animals until it has a gnarled and ancient trunk with many twisted and distorted branches near the base.
Along the path of forestry land where road clearers have trimmed back outwardly growing trees that in their determination to survive have re-sprouted only to be nibbled by hungry deer, given time producing some amazing results.
High up in craggy mountains where harsh climatic conditions have made survival a real struggle and these hanging in crevices become naturally distorted masterpieces. Is it any wonder they are so sort after? And very occasionally just in a skip left by a gardener landscaping a garden and throwing unwanted but very desirable material, if you are extremely lucky even with roots in tact.
You need to be lucky but these things are there to be found.
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