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PostSubject: How to find age of a bonsai?   Sat Jul 16, 2011 1:12 pm


If some one said his/her bonsai is 50 years old. How to find age of a bonsai?

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PostSubject: Re: How to find age of a bonsai?   Mon Jul 18, 2011 10:31 pm

Unfortunately, there is only one way to determine the age of a tree... and that is to chop it down and count the rings.

However, there are other less invasive techniques. For example, if a branch is pruned, count the rings of that branch and notice the thickness of that branch. Now compare the thickness of the branch to the trunk, and estimate the age.

I have seen Junipers found in the harsh environment of the rocky mountains which are atleast 100 years old and yet just 10 inches tall, whereas the same species growing in a park maybe 30 years old and 8 feet tall. Environment plays a huge role in age.

In my opinion, age should not be a deciding factor of whether one bonsai is better than the other. In fact, the Japanese never emphasize on the age of a tree... they focus on design.

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