Category: Bonsai Trees

Jul 24

Bonsai – Introduction To the Living Art

Say ‘art’ and most will think of painting or sculpture. There is a kind of sculpture, though, that takes as its raw material not stone or wood but a living tree. That is the art of bonsai. From the Japanese word for ‘tree in a tray’, Bonsai is the art and product of shaping trees …

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Jun 24

Bonsai: How To Care for White Pine

Though no bonsai is easy to train or care for, pine is among the easier species. More tolerant to drying, they adapt well to a pot and often require only regular trimming and biannual repotting. In the wild, pine commonly grow to 50 feet or more with trunks that are a foot in diameter and …

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May 24

Bonsai: How To Care for Maple

Maples come in a variety of sub-species, but all of them make beautiful bonsai trees. Slightly more difficult to care for, they are nonetheless greatly in demand by bonsai enthusiasts. Their leafy appearance is attractive, particularly in the fall when they turn to yellow and red, just as do the full-sized maples. Some varieties thrive …

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Apr 24

Bonsai: How To Care for Blue Junipers

Junipers are, along with pine, another of the common species sought by beginning bonsai enthusiasts. And for good reason: it’s a beautiful species that tolerates a wide variety of conditions well. Junipers make an especially good species for the kengai (cascade) style in which the trunk and branches grow out over the pot and below …

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Oct 24

Bonsai Pruning, The Primary Art

Since bonsai are grown from ordinary, not dwarf, species, their small size is primarily the result of pruning, both branches and roots. Though much learning and experience is required for proper soil preparation, watering and other needed skills, no other aspect is so critical for making the bonsai more than just a small tree. It’s …

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Dec 24

Bonsai Wiring Made Easier: Preparation

Wiring is the practice of wrapping aluminum or copper wire around the bonsai trunk or branches to shape the tree. Training bonsai is never easy, but it can be made easier by proper preparation and execution. Here are some basic guidelines. Why? Pruning a bonsai is a selective process that helps determine the number and …

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Dec 24

Bonsai Wiring Made Easier: Execution

Wiring is the practice of wrapping aluminum or copper wire around the bonsai trunk or branches to shape the tree. Training bonsai is never easy, but it can be made easier by proper preparation and execution. Here are some basic guidelines. Wire The first step is to select the appropriate wire for the job. Aluminum …

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Dec 24

Bonsai – The History of a Living Art

The craft of shaping miniature trees in a small pot first arose over a thousand years ago in China, where it was known as pun-sai. Even then the variety of individual bonsai was astonishing, as known from ancient drawings. Gnarled, faux-windswept trunks, with sparse leaves to full-flowering miniature blossoming trees dot the historic record. The …

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Dec 24

Bonsai Containers

The Japanese have a word, ‘wa’, that roughly translates to ‘harmony’. It refers to relations between individuals, and man and nature. But it can also refer to the elements comprising a work of art. The art of bonsai uses this concept when coordinating the choice of species and style with the container in which the …

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