Trident Maple Root Grafts

1 month ago Nebby 0
Source: Watto Bonsai Blog. A few years ago I tried to graft a root from this tree back onto this tree. Alas it was unsuccessful.  This is round two of root grafting and this time I tried thread grafting of three roots just to see if I can be successful with this “new” method. Mid Read More

Never Wired Lodgepole Bunjin Revisit

1 month ago Nebby 0
Source: Crataegus Bonsai Blog. Wires and conifers are assumed bedfellows…at least, I’d always assumed wires were needed for styling pines and junipers and the like. Seeking to challenge my assumptions, for years I kept an eye out for one that might not need wiring. In 2013 I thought I’d found a likely specimen, and collected Read More

Red Maple as Bonsai

1 month ago Nebby 0
Source: Crataegus Bonsai Blog. Red Maple, Acer rubrum, is a North American forest tree with a range extending from southeastern Canada to Florida. It’s well regarded as a street tree for great fall color and less sidewalk issues than other maples.  It’s a bit of a stretch to suggest I have wide bonsai experience with Red Maple. I have, Read More

Chinese Elm Dig

2 months ago Nebby 0
Source: Watto Bonsai Blog. I had the opportunity to dig a Chinese elm from a garden and I was delighted to find that it was a corky bark variety and quite large. Like all plants in gardens the tap root was large, about 75mm across and I needed the reciprocating saw to help. Once out Read More

Repotting Chojubai in Summer

2 months ago Nebby 0
Source: Crataegus Bonsai Blog. Ten years ago I had several articles about Chojubai translated from Japanese magazines. In one of them a professional reported his preference for repotting in summer. I was surprised and a bit skeptical. Having since experimented with repotting Chojubai at various times of the year, I agree that this small quince does Read More

Japanese Maple in New Pot

2 months ago Nebby 0
Source: Watto Bonsai Blog. This maple has beautiful colour in the leaves in spring and most notably in autumn and it lived in an unglazed pot. At this years repot I decided a new set of shoes was in order and this old Japanese pot fitted the bill nicely. These old pots are difficult to Read More

Save Your Pennies… & Dollars Too!

2 months ago Nebby 0
Source: Valavanis Bonsai Blog. DCIM0MEDIADJI_0019.JPG SALES AREA Come join us on September 11-12, 2021 for the 7th US National Bonsai Exhibition in Rochester, New York. In addition to over 200 museum quality bonsai, suiseki and kusamono there will be an indoor soccer field packed full of vendors from throughout the United States. Over 40 select vendors Read More

Chinese Elm – Corky Bark

2 months ago Nebby 0
Source: Watto Bonsai Blog. I grew this from a cutting when I didn’t even know what a cutting was, well that’s my story anyway. It has had quite a journey over that period and it still isn’t that good, but it has sentimental value to me. Of course it was time for a repot and Read More

A New Trident Maple

2 months ago Nebby 0
Source: Watto Bonsai Blog. I dug this maple from my yard last year and it grew quite well. This year I decided to give it a repot and a trim with the idea of getting it on the correct path and hopefully in a bonsai pot in 3 to 5 years. I enjoy a short Read More