This blog post follows the development of a Cotoneaster bonsai tree from a rooted cutting, developed in the garden and then in a growing pot for only 4 years. In it cover the basics of what to do from the time you dig up the tree till it goes into a refinement pot or container.
In this blog a very old and rather large Japanese black pine which I imported from Japan a couple of years ago gets repotted into a free draining mix of akadama and pumice, which I have now imported and am selling.
In this blog post I will show you how I construct simple wooden boxes which I used to grow collected or yamadori in, as well as to initially grow field grown tree in. For an example I will work on a field grown Cork Bark Chinese Elm; showing you the steps I take on this sort of material.
Last spring I began to layer an ugly Hackberry (Celtis sinensis) which had a terrible root base but which had loads of potential as a broom styled tree. A year later and I am ready to remove the layered tree from the donor plant.
In this second part of a 2 part series on field growing Celtis sinensis or Hackberry, we will revisit the same trees, 2 years later from when the first blog was written and I will describe and show the steps taken to arrive at the next stage of two of the trees' development.
Spring is a wonderful time in the bonsai garden. However it can also be a very stressful time as there is so much which needs doing. Careful preparation will help to alleviate much of this stress. Read this blog post which has been written to help you plan for the rush which is to come.
Follow the finer details of styling as Terry Erasmus needle plucks, thins and wires this Kotobuki Japanese Black Pine from Japan. Lots of photographs aid in the understanding of the process.
Starting bonsai from cutting material is both fun and of course a cheap method of rapidly increasing the size of your collection. Want a fruit or flower bearing bonsai tree? Don't grow it from seed, take a cutting and shave off years from the wait. In these 10 easy steps you too can learn how to take cuttings.