My first experience with bonsai was at Disney’s EPCOT when I was young. I remember seeing the trees and being amazed. They looked like ancient statues and I wanted one badly.
I had no experience growing anything and didn’t even understand that there was horticulture involved at that time though. Many years later, in my college years, I decided to actually start learning about bonsai. I killed many nursery trees and decided to purchase a couple of trees from Bonsai West in Littleton MA.
My first real purchase was the tree seen above. It’s a Hawaiian Umbrella Tree or Schefflera Arboricola. They’re (nearly) impossible to kill and are great trees for starting out.
I worked on this tree and some nursery stock trees for about a year and wanted to really start learning. I began watching the YouTube series “The Bonsai…
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