This project takes a landscaping bush purchased at Lowes for $16.98 and starts its training as a bonsai specimen in what's known as a "training box" to start to make the roots the right shape for a more shallow pot. It involves building the box itself, pruning (with root pruning), and potting the tree.
This bonsai will be kept outside year round unless there is some extreme in weather. According to many I've spoken to about bonsai the most common mistake is to try to get a plant which is meant for outdoors to live inside. There are some tropical species which can tolerate this, but most evergreen and deciduous trees need humidity, lots of light, and seasonal weather changes which are nearly impossible to replicate indoors.
I wanted to plug a couple of sites which have helped me out considerably:
The Helpful Gardener - Bonsai Forum:
- Very good (free) forum which has always given me quick, well informed responses from cool people.
Wichita Bonsai Club
"The Rules of Bonsai" - A set of rules that everyone interested in bonsai should read.