Airlayering maples for bonsai

5 days ago Nebby 0
Source: Growing Bonsai Blog. Spring has arrived. The maples are pushing young growth, making this a perfect time for air layering. I have a few young grafted Japanese maples. I bought these some three years ago to grow out for bonsai. But I will need to get rid of the grafted rootstock! Why layer bonsai? Read More

Nurse Log Imagination #2 ~

5 days ago Nebby 0
Source: Crataegus Bonsai Blog. ‘Nurse logs’ are a central feature of Pacific Northwest forest ecology. When an old Western Hemlock, Douglas Fir or Western Red Cedar is downed by a storm, young plants—some of them trees—germinate on top of them and the roots colonize the massive decomposing trunk. Later, straight rows of 500 year old Read More

Origins of the Risky Rosebush & Steps for Recovery

1 week ago Nebby 0
Source: Ry2Tree2 Bonsai Blog.  Source material: 2/09/2018             As the weather continues to warm up and frosts become rarer here in Ohio, repotting season is on its tail end – if you're not already finished with it. I'm hoping to squeeze in my last few this week and also plan ahead for future Read More

Cherry root over rock bonsai uncovering

2 weeks ago Nebby 0
Source: Growing Bonsai Blog. A few years ago I found a seedling cherry in the garden. As I had a rock laying about and did not have a root-over-rock planting I decided to put one and one together. The roots were draped over the rock. The combination was wrapped with kitchen foil and the whole Read More

Vine Maple Bunjin on Rock-

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Source: Crataegus Bonsai Blog. I collected this tree about five years ago, put it in a nursery pot to recover from the indignity, and promptly forgot about it. John, my apprentice, assures me it’s been watered at least every September.  Enjoy our mini-photo essay of creating a maple planting on a rock. Vine Maple, Acer Read More

Starting a root over rock bonsai

3 weeks ago Nebby 0
Source: Growing Bonsai Blog. Recently the weather was nice. The sun was shining and the buds on my bonsai are starting to open. Time to work on a project that has been 2 years in the making. A root over rock planting with a trident maple! As long as I have been growing bonsai have Read More

Spring Frosts and New Growth–

3 weeks ago Nebby 0
Source: Crataegus Bonsai Blog. In any area that freezes, spring is a delicate moment. If cold comes, we can lose years of work in a few hours. In our bonsai garden, we have an outdoor thermostat that triggers an alarm inside the house when it records a temperature below 32F (making apprentices jumpy and sleep-deprived Read More

Update on Acer palmatum Arakawa cuttings

3 weeks ago Nebby 0
Source: Growing Bonsai Blog. In spring 2020 I took tip cuttings of trident and Japanese ‘arakawa’ maples. I am very happy with the outcome. Of the 7 cuttings I put in the pot, one died in the process. The others kept their leaves for most of the summer. Rooted Acer palmatum ‘arakawa’ cuttings Mid-summer I Read More

The Long Range Plan for Single-flush Plants ~

4 weeks ago Nebby 0
Source: Crataegus Bonsai Blog. Decandling black pines…defoliating trident maples…such techniques stimulate multiple flush plants to ramify and make smaller needles and leaves. Because they spur such surprising regrowth, we look mournfully at our single flush plants as if they could do better.  White pines, Japanese maple, Beech, Spruce, Hemlock, Magnolia, Oak, etc. all fall into the single Read More

Repotting Report 2021-1: The Monster Mulberry

4 weeks ago Nebby 0
Source: Ry2Tree2 Bonsai Blog. Source material: 3/16/2021             After a few weeks of being buried in snow, last week my larch seedlings started setting off alarm bells with green needles bursting from their dormant buds. "REPOTTING SEASON IS HERE, GET YOUR A@# INTO HIGH GEAR!" – is probably what they were telling me. Read More