Travel writer and guide, Leigh Kemp introduces readers to the Baobab, a majestic and trully iconic part of the African landscape. Legends of Africa tell that the baobab is the portal from where all life on earth emanated. Today it still provides for man and animal alike. Be inspired by the natural forms of the baobab.
Jackie Wiggins shares with us the importance of Kelp or Seaweed for the container gardener and gardener in general. With a brief overview of auxins and cytokinins this article will shed some light on the many benefits of dried kelp and liquid extracts.
Terry Erasmus performs some Autumn maintenance work on this Japanese Black Pine bonsai. Read about the techniques used for work required now, to prepare the tree for the coming spring and to ensure its future.
An imported grafted Japanese White Pine receives some attention in this post from Terry Erasmus as he styles it for the first time. Topics discussed are branch and needle removal, structural wiring and design.
A bonsai cannot properly be appreciated until it is combined with its essential complement, the bonsai container. In actual fact the word bonsai means a potted plant. Shape, texture, glaze, colour and more are explained.
Juniper procumbens nana is a fantastic species for bonsai. It grows well in all parts of South Africa, takes easily from cuttings, is easy to train and transplants well. Brett Simon shares of his extensive knowledge of this species with you.
Harry explains the process of rooting Haworthia; the best procedures to follow once you identify a plant that has had root loss, removing the cause of the root loss, and finally deciding on the most suitable method and time for rooting.
Portulacaria afra or “Spekboom“ is a popular succulent plant found on rocky slopes in the Karoo scrub and semi-arid landscapes. Andre Swart, a bonsai enthusiast from George shares 15 years of experience growing this species as bonsai.
Moshe Emergui, shares some information on growing Portulacaria afra as a bonsai tree. Focusing on basic cultivation notes, he describes the ideal location, styling and maintenance of this species which is actually a succulent.
In this cool restyling of a Juniper bonsai, Martín Díaz separates the live vein from the deadwood and radically compacts the tree to make it more powerful. Follow Martín as he shows you how he completed the process.
In this first episode of the development of a field grown Cork Bark Elm as a bonsai tree, Terry Erasmus shares what appealed to him about the tree initially and the processes and techniques he employed during the first year of growth in a container environment.