Last night I put together a small setup for growing some of my trees indoors. I was inspired by Jerry Meislik’s site to try and grow trees under regular shoplights. I got a cheap 2ft. wide adjustable shelving unit, then a 2ft t5 dual bulb shoplight. I had to wire a plug into the light as it was intended to be wired into a switch. I plan on putting together something else for the winter but this was the first foray into growing under lights. It is more of an experiment for now and will upgrade in due time.
So far I have moved my portulacaria afra and ficus benjimina kiki under the lights. Also under the light’s is a Mexican heather that my fiancee had to have last time we were at NE Bonsai. I’ll provide updates as we go on here and stuff has been under the lights for a while.
Well since Hurricane Irene is rapidly approaching this morning, I decided to move my trees inside for the day. I don’t think the wind’s will get too bad but there is a tree in the yard that doesn’t seem too sturdy and I didn’t want a branch to come off and hit one of the projects. I also have a way to have some of my trees NOT miss a day of growing which I would post about a little later on.
As this is my inaugural post, I thought that I would start with a brief introduction. I am using this blog to document my bonsai experience and hope that this will help me keep progression on my collection. While still small at the moment, I expect that in the years to come it will grow. I hope to provide updates as need be on the progression on my trees, and any other bonsai related posting that I may come across.
I have a limited background in tree work and I have owned one bonsai in the past. It was a Ficus Benjimina that I acquired from NE Bonsai while I was a senior in college. A year later, I had forgotten to bring it inside in time for the start of frost and literally gave up on it. Fast forward 3 years later and I have reapplied myself to the hobby.
I have quite a few young seedlings and projects at the moment and nothing that could be considered a final bonsai ready for a show. For seedlings I have some Japanese maples and a pitch pine. I have a few tropicals, a larch, two different azaleas, and I have just acquired a Japanese maple forest for a ridiculous price. Also see below images of my collection.
The forest was 90% off and while it was pretty seriously sun-scorched, I think it was a great buy. It needs some TLC but it is the most advanced material I have at the moment. I was told that the trees are probably 30 years old. I do not know what cultivar of Japanese maple it is but I believe that is one of the dwarf varieties, meaning it has smaller leaves. I am really excited for this forest but will really just be looking to get it healthy for next year. I am toying with the idea of separating the trees or leaving them together. Enjoy.