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Leptospermum scoparium bonsai

Leptospermum scoparium bonsai


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Question: bonsai


hello I wanted to know yes I can create a bonsai with an Australian shrub leptospermum thanks

Leptospermum scoparium bonsai: Answer: bonsai


Dear Giuseppe,
when you choose a plant to make a bonsai, generally you let yourself be attracted by all the small plants that can be found in the nursery; experts generally advise to choose plants that are already known and often bonsaised, this simply because not all plants react to bonsaization in the same way, and therefore with "new" plants one can go against failures due to the most disparate causes. So you usually see, at the exhibitions but also in the bonsai collections of the hobbyists, plants more or less of the same species and often cultivated in a similar way.
Years ago I was lucky enough to visit the garden where one of the most beautiful bonsai collections in Italy is kept, all cultivated by a genius of bonsaism, an established professional who moved to Italy; you can imagine my amazement at seeing bonsai of all kinds and species, alongside the more canonical pinus penthaphylla or zelkova nire. I asked why these choices were made, and the answer was simple: in Japan plants spread in Japan are bonsaised, in Italy plants spread in Italy should be bonsaised, so that the correct climate, suitable for our own, is already available. bonsai.
Interesting opinion, that over the years has made me consider the idea of ​​bonsaize autochthonous plants, not always with great success: it is difficult to predict the behavior of a plant once it is bonsaized, even if this plant is in the area of origin.
In your case, you want to try to bonsaize an essence that is generally not bonsaised, originating from Australia and New Zealand.
The pros are many: easy to find, non-demanding cost of the small plant, minute foliage, dense branches, spectacular spring flowers (imagine them on a bonsai then), small fruits, which remain long on the plant.
There are also many cons: poor resistance to cold (in winter you will have to keep your bonsai in a cold greenhouse, even if it is an outdoor bonsai), poor adaptability (leptospermum do not like to be repotted, and root pruning often leads to death of the plant), unknown response to pruning (in nature the leptospermum are large confused and dense shrubs, with ramifications that develop in every direction; Cook's sailors, when they saw these shrubs, used them to make us rudimentary but effective brooms, from which the name of the species, Leptospermum scoparium, is therefore a species of sorghum or broom).
In any case, the general rule of the bonsaista for hobby is always the same: a prebonsai dead, one goes to the nursery and another one is taken.
So, if the question is: is there any information on how to bison a leptospermum?
The answer is no, or rather, there are few and fragmentary ones.
If the question is instead: do you think it is possible to try to bonsaize a Leptospermum?
The answer is yes, even if the chances of success are few.