Friday, March 23, 2007

Away for ten days

Starting tomorrow, Friday, I will be in America for ten days until April 2. After that you can see what happened there on the 'Travlogues' blog.
I hope to meet some of you.



Aaron said...

Hi Walter,

Excellent blog - this will keep me busy for a while!

I admire your unique approach to bonsai styling and you are very famous for your collected trees...

I am curious: what is your opinion of growing bonsai from seed?

Your response would be greatly appreciated.

Best Regards,


Walter Pall said...


bonsai from seed is an interesting pastime. It has almost nothing to do with bonsai, but with general gardening. It is EXTTREMELY difficult to get a real good bonsai from seed. Even taking into account that you will have to wait 20 to 30 years it is most probably not going to be good. This because one has to be an outstanding stylist to get there. Most beginners try it and they cannot possibly be an outstanding stylist. So tehy depend on mere luck. One out of seveal thousand seedlings might accidentally become a real good bonsai.
I think it is better to leave the start to professionals and buy the raw material after fifteen years from them.


the_aaron said...

thanks Walter I appreciate your response...

I agree that growing from seed is much more horticulture than bonsai... unfortunately I am a young student without the means to go collecting, nevermind to nurse collected specimens... plus it is difficult to get good bonsai stock in my area (Toronto, Canada)...
Well for now I will just try and produce some quality stock from seed and keep practicing on whatever material I can get...

Maybe if I work really hard I'll be able to retire early like you and dedicate my life to bonsai! That must be awesome!

Thanks Again,