- Mar 3, 2016
Neighbor had quite a few when I was a kid. They look really cool, but seemed to take a lot of work. (No, he wasn't the one who I learned karate from ).
Maybe that's where my impression of, "only for retirees, to stay busy" comes from.
My dad tried his hand at it after we moved. It didn't really look like a miniature tree... before it died.
I watched a few videos and yep wow, they sure do need a lotttt of work!I wanted one for a while. Looked into the care, etc. Realized I didn't have the time or inclination to bother. They need a bit of care. Trimming at the right time. Wires to get shapes you want. Re-potting religiously. Fertilizers. It's a whole ordeal. They are pretty tho. I loved the cherry blossom, as it's quintessential japanese (imo), Junipers coz you can make them look super ancient and cool, and Bougainvillea for the crazy amounts of flowers. Maples and pines are more the inexperienced/beginners.
I am sure i'd kill a few before I got anything of substance.
Maybe I just buy an established one. I saw a few at around the $100 mark
Not quite as impressive as one that sold in Japan for more than $900,000 but it would be a start