Bonsai How To

Potting a Semi-Cascade Style Bonsai Tree

Jun 3rd, 2010 | By
Potting a Semi-Cascade Style Bonsai Tree

Due to the angle of the slanting trunk and sideway extended branches, potting a semi-cascade or a cascade style bonsai tree can be quite tricky sometimes. We must be cautious of the tilted center of mass and be extra careful when we lift the bonsai tree around during potting. The bonsai pot we use for
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Prune-and-Grow or Wiring?

Apr 2nd, 2010 | By
Prune-and-Grow or Wiring?

Before, bonsai care and design skill was limited to the much revered Lingnan prune-and-grow method developed by the ancient Chinese philosophers responsible for the Literati school of landscape painting and design. It was not until the turn of the 20th century that the Japanese, in an attempt to achieve natural shapes in an expedient amount of time, developed wiring as another training technique suitable for bonsai. And these two schools of thought persist today.



Sealing Cuts of Bonsai Trees

Apr 2nd, 2010 | By
Sealing Cuts of Bonsai Trees

Most of us use bonsai pruning compound (or bonsai cut sealer) to seal the wound of the trunk or branch after we prune our bonsai tree with shears or cutters. Bonsai pruning sealer helps the cut area to retain the valuable moisture required to heal the cut properly and minimize the scar. And moreover, it
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Defoliating – Picking Leaves off a Bonsai Tree

Apr 2nd, 2010 | By
Defoliating – Picking Leaves off a Bonsai Tree

A few days ago, my bonsai teacher asked me to pick off all the leaves from a bonsai tree. This is called defoliating, a way to stimulate the tree to grow new branches and smaller leaves.



Soil Mix and Fertilizer for Mini Bonsai

Apr 1st, 2010 | By
Soil Mix and Fertilizer for Mini Bonsai

The correct potting mixture is vital for the survival of our bonsai tree. The mix should be very fine, especially for our mini bonsai since everything of these bonsai trees is so small and refined. Repot our Mini Bonsai Because the size of the bonsai pot for mini bonsai is very small, the amount of
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Training & Pruning Small Bonsai Trees

Apr 1st, 2010 | By
Training & Pruning Small Bonsai Trees

Small bonsai such as shohin bonsai and mame bonsai are small enough to be held comfortably in the palm of the hand. Mame bonsai should not exceed 8-15cm in height, while shohin bonsai should not exceed 15-20cm. While the size is much smaller, the care and shaping of these small bonsai trees are the same
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Choosing Your Bonsai Pots

Apr 1st, 2010 | By
Choosing Your Bonsai Pots

Choosing the right bonsai pot for our bonsai tree is an art in itself. It must be the right shape, size, and color for it to bring out the full beauty of our bonsai tree. Bonsai pots have a huge impact on bonsai trees and can either compliment the trees or detract from them. There
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What Bonsai Pots for What Bonsai Trees?

Mar 29th, 2010 | By
What Bonsai Pots for What Bonsai Trees?

The type of bonsai pot we should get is based on the species, as well as the bonsai style, of our bonsai tree. For example, conifers blend well with naturally colored, unglazed bonsai pots of browns and grays, whereas deciduous trees look great in either unglazed or glazed bonsai pots of just about any color.
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Bonsai Pot – Get the Right Size for Our Tree

Mar 29th, 2010 | By
Bonsai Pot – Get the Right Size for Our Tree

The size of the bonsai pot is very important for it can affect the overall presentation of the bonsai tree. Small bonsai trees can be potted in large bonsai pots to create a landscape image, and conversely, large bonsai trees can be effectively potted in smaller bonsai pots to appear more dominant and powerful. If
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Can Bonsai Wire Be Reused?

Mar 28th, 2010 | By
Can Bonsai Wire Be Reused?

As our bonsai trees grow, the branches slowly increase in size. Any wire on the branches of our bonsai trees can become tight, and as it does, mark the bark. In severe cases, the wires may have dug deep into the branches and cause permanent scars.