“Little Strokes Fell Great Oaks.”

5 months ago Nebby 0
Originator: Kaizen Bonsai Blog It’s almost impossible to believe it has been nearly thirty years since I bought my first bonsai tree. A great deal has happened since then including Kaizen Bonsai and an inconceivable number of trees have passed through my hands. One thing that happens from time to time is that one of Read More

Creating a heavier branch

5 months ago Nebby 0
Source: Bonsai Hunk Blog. Sometimes it is desirable to have a heavier branch and the material is grown in a container, indoors or is just a slow growing variety. In this case the material is Ficus microcarpa ‘Melon Seed’. This is a slow growing, miniature leaf form of microcarpa. In order to develop it as Read More

Airlayer Removed today

5 months ago Nebby 0
Source: Bonsai Beginnings Blog. Acer palmatum Japanese Maple Koto Hime  Air-layering as a way of propagating bonsai material. Layering will often create a ring of fine surface roots that yield an excellent nebari in a short period of time. The leaves on Kotohime are among the smallest of the Japanese maples. The growth habit is Read More

Kusamono Appreciation

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Source: Bonsai Tree Blog. Background Kusamono is not really something which has caught on in a big way in South Africa, to my knowledge, but it is actually an art form which has developed alongside bonsai for many years, at least in Japan. It is essentially a planting which may consist of anything including grasses Read More

Spicebush Swallowtail caterpillar munching on a Serissa

5 months ago Nebby 0
Source: Bonsai Beginnings Blog. Caterpie munching on a Serissa Spicebush Swallowtail butterfly caterpillar is green with eyespots. Serissa are a popular bonsai subject Serissa grow best in high light and thrive in sunny, warm locations. Better lighting conditions will result in more frequent flowering. Serissa does well in partial shade. Best results are from plants Read More

Now That’s FUNNY

5 months ago Nebby 0
Originator: Kaizen Bonsai Blog I buy a lot of bonsai trees it’s about half of my day job, the other half is obviously selling them. If you have ever bought two hundred odd individual and different bonsai in an afternoon you will be only too aware of how one very much blends into another. I Read More

How often do you water a bonsai? 

5 months ago Nebby 0
Source: Bonsai Beginnings Blog. Water, whenever they need it!!! it needs thorough soaking so the entire root system is wetted With days in the 90′s and nights in the 50′s to 60′s Bonsai can require water on a daily or even twice daily basis Don’t Forget To Water!!!  As with any plant in a container, Read More

Proper root positioning

5 months ago Nebby 0
Source: Bonsai Hunk Blog. Roots, as with any other part of the bonsai’s design, must be compatible with the overall look and feel of the tree. In this case, there are one or more roots that do not work with the upright design of the tree. Non radial root detracts from the movement of the trunk Read More

Sabina Junipers First Work

5 months ago Nebby 0
Originator: Kaizen Bonsai Blog It’s been a wonderful week here at KB. We have just the right number of orders coming in and now the evil north wind has gone and the weather is beautiful. 15c outdoors and 40c in the greenhouse and no daytime rain for over two months. Trees are looking beautiful and Read More