Wednesday, 14 September 2016

Is Rosemary good material for bonsai?

This is a Rosemary plant I started as a cutting about eight years ago, shortly before I killed its parent in The Great Vinegar Disaster.

Rosemary - September 2016

It has spent most of its life in its current pot, which has a diameter of 20cm (±8 inches). As a result the trunk still only measures 1.5 inches across the base. That's alright for me though because I like to keep most  of my trees small.

The trunk has quite nice character:

Close-up from previous photo

Unfortunately I'm finding it really hard to develop a good branch structure on this tree and some members of my club have dismissed it as a lost cause.

I'm not ready to give up yet. Perhaps a good trim will help with back-budding. Then again, in this case it may not.

2 comments so far. I hope you'll join the discussion.

  1. Hi there Gina145. I have two rosemary trees in refinement. I think rosemary make great bonsai. However, you have to mold to rosemaries growth pattern and not rosemary to how we treat conifers and ficuses. Ill post some pics on google+ and tag you on it.

    1. Thanks Ivan. I'd love to see more developed trees before I move any further with this one. It's been a long time since I trimmed it because I got quite a thrill when it flowered for the first time.