I have a coleus plant that I brought in for the winter and put in a south window
-- I've done this before and coleus do really well like that.
Ok, so I cut back the plant considerably and it's now about 8" tall with what
has become a woody stem about 1/2" diameter with a LOT of new growth starting to
pierce out of that woody stem.
So, I guess, in essence what I created by my cutting back the plant and not
letting it flower, is bonsai?
I know the process can be complicated in it's technique but can it also be as
easy as what I just described?
I did google "coleus bonsai" and yes, it's a plant that will work.
I wonder what other plants (not bonsai trees) will do this? Other colorful
annuals for example. ?
Most bonsai hobbyists want plants that not only look old but are
actually old. You can't do that with an annual.
Furthermore, they want to create a dwarf from a plant that is not
naturally a dwarf. It seems like cheating if you use a plant that does
not grow large, such a coleus.
However, if you are pleased with what you have, it's okay.
I have thought about making a bonsai from a seedling dwarf myrtle
(Myrtus communis 'Compacta'), which actually grows to over 6 feet in the
ground. If I can get it to mature at less than 1 foot, that might
indeed be a true bonsai. I won't live to see it truly old since I am
already over 70.
David E. Ross
Climate: California Mediterranean, see
so, I wonder what the word is (if there is any, for what I've done?
that is, cheating the plant from flowering and I guess, just basically extending
I suppose I thought it was a part of the "bonsai thing" just based on it's
never thought a coleus could get such a woody stem -- treelike in appearence,
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