Bonsai Heresy’s Chapter 25 and Last Summer Pruning Date

5 days ago Nebby 0
Source: Crataegus Bonsai Blog. Chapter 25 of Bonsai Heresy is about the mistaken notions of avoiding nitrogen in our fall fertilizing by using 0-10-10. The problem it is trying to correct, frost damage from still soft shoots, is more often a mis-timed pruning in the summer. This is easiest to see in deciduous trees, which Read More

Bonsai-U | Broadleaf Bonsai Summer Techniques

6 days ago Nebby 0
Source: Bjorn Bjorholm Bonsai Blog. Project Description In this episode, we look at mid-summer techniques for broadleaf deciduous and evergreen species. Follow along with your own bonsai and apply these techniques as you learn them! Project Details: Chinese Quince (Pseudocydonia sinensis) Appx. Age: 25 years Origin: Japan DONATE TO BONSAI-U! To make a donation, please Read More

Work on an Ash

1 week ago Nebby 0
Source: Watto Bonsai Blog. This ash was dug from my neighbors place last year and planted into a bonsai pot (using the theory of planting recently dug trees into the smallest practical pot) and then put on the bench to recover. It settled in very well and grew as if nothing had happened. So this Read More

The Fantastic History of Jim Gremel’s Big Cedar—

2 weeks ago Nebby 0
Source: Crataegus Bonsai Blog. As my client and I had waited two years to get going with this signature tree created by the great Jim Gremel, last week’s work came with with no small amount of anticipation. Many of you may remember this Atlas Cedar from the very first U.S. National Exhibition in Rochester, NY Read More

Another Display Stand

2 weeks ago Nebby 0
Source: Watto Bonsai Blog. Using some more of the recycled timber I have acquired over time has given me another display stand, this time a more traditional type for larger bonsai. I hope I get the opportunity to use it in the coming years. Go to the source blog (Watto Bonsai Blog) to read the Read More

Bonsai-U | How to Refine Japanese Black Pine

3 weeks ago Nebby 0
Source: Bjorn Bjorholm Bonsai Blog. Project Description In this episode, we look at the summer decandling techniques for more refined Japanese Black Pines. These techniques can also be applied to other double-flush pines, including Pitch Pine and Japanese Red Pine. Project Details: Japanese Black Pine (Pinus thunbergii) Appx. Age: 40 years Origin: USA DONATE TO Read More

Bonsai Heresy’s Chapter 5 and Further Thoughts on Sand

4 weeks ago Nebby 0
Source: Crataegus Bonsai Blog. This is the first in a series of blog posts to take a chapter from Bonsai Heresy: 56 Myths Exposed Using Science and Tradition and expand on it to investigate dangling questions. Like all chapters in Bonsai Heresy, Chapter 5 is ironically titled, though this one is the longest title in the Read More

Stand From Recycled Timber

1 month ago Nebby 0
Source: Watto Bonsai Blog. I have collected an amount of timber over the years and Covid-19 has given me plenty of opportunities to practice my woodworking skills. They are not that good as yet but using pre-loved timber is a great way of honing the necessary skills. I am bound by the type and size Read More

Watch Trailer: Wild for Accents

1 month ago Nebby 0
Source: Crataegus Bonsai Blog. Summer is a great time to create accents. Join us at the end of July for our second Seasonal-lite online course offering of 2020: a full-on accent plant download. Here’s our cheeky trailer… Wild for Accents (Saturday, July 25, 2020)—A mini Seasonal-lite online course—Overview of creating, maintaining, comparison of styles, and use Read More

Defoliating Two Japanese Maples

1 month ago Nebby 0
Source: Valavanis Bonsai Blog. Although defoliation is “generally” recommended as a bonsai training technique it actually requires considerable thought and it’s necessary to contemplate each specific tree and the purpose of removing foliage. Today I’ve been told that Ryan Neil and others do not recommend total defoliation of healthy maples. Unfortunately, I did not study Read More