Monday, 12 August 2013

Bitten by Bonsai Fever, in Ludhiana, Punjab

Beautiful bonsai have always fascinated me. Around 2 years back I started with a Narangi (Chinese orange) and a bougainvillea plant. And had potted these in big sized pots, although Narangi did grow beautiful oranges which lasted many month, until they were plucked by my little daughter and her friends for playing. But the trunk size has not increased much.
                                                             I had always liked the Japanese Cherry blossom and the Japanese Maple (Acer Palmatum) but growing these in Punjab would not have been possible. Then I thought why not try making bonsai of these so that I can move them to shaded area during the extremely hot summers of Punjab. I found an Indian seller selling seeds for both Japanese Cherry blossom and the Japanese maple on ebay. But as I have no experience in making bonsai and these might be bit hard to grow in Punjab. I decided to first try making bonsai of some local trees of Punjab, to gain some experience in bonsai making.

Japanese Cherry Blossom
Japanese Maple (Acer Palmatum)
So then started my search for finding local trees of Punjab which can be used for making bonsai. And this also made me realize, how little we know about trees growing in our locality.  Although I knew the Punjabi or Indian names of many tree like Peepal, Bhor, Tahli, Kikar, Jhan, Neem, Thek, Shahtoot but of these I could only recognize only Peepal, Talhi and Neem. And I also didn't knew there English names or scientific names to search info about these on the internet. In my next post I will post the list of trees of Punjab along with their scientific and english name. This list will also be helpful for those of you living in near by states like, Haryana, UP, Himachal, Delhi and Chandigarh.


bingregory said...

Hello there. I'm trying to develop Dalbergia latifolia into a bonsai specimen. At the moment I only have a few root suckers freshly potted. Have you had any success with this species? Any tips for growing it you could recommend? I am in Sarawak, Malaysia, where it grows well as a landscape tree. Thank you!

Aman Dhanoa said...

Although I have not grown Dalbergia Latifolia but I am developing Dalbergia sissoo which might be quite similar. Dalbergia Sissoo sends a deep tap root, so I have planted it in grown up pots after cutting of the tap root. Wish I could help you more on it.

amandeep singh Luthra said...

Hi there
Great to read and hear about bonsai lover
I live in jalandhar and love bonsai and saikei.
Your local names of plant helped me lot. I read about u r page around four years back
And today when i was again stuck in the name of drek tree it striked my brain. Any way do send me u r no.
So that i could contact u
Aman luthra