The Art of Fertilizing

The Art of Fertilizing

by Terry Erasmus

In this second part of the series of "The art of" I deal with the subject of fertilizing your bonsai trees. Understanding your bonsai trees nutrient requirements, knowing the seasonal demands; when to fertilize and when not to is very helpful when growing a bonsai and having it respond to techniques you apply to it the way you want it to.

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The Art of Watering

The Art of Watering

by Terry Erasmus

Watering is an area of our art which I think is assumed you will intuitively grasp, after all it simply involves getting water into a container with a live plant in it! In reality though it is actually a rather complex technique which just like wiring and styling needs to be practiced and mastered. I have heard it said that it can easily take a full time apprentice 3 years to grasp the essentials, so how much longer will it take you and I as amateur enthusiasts? This is why I have entitled this post the ART of watering.

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Taikan-ten, Kyoto, Japan 2016

Taikan-ten, Kyoto, Japan 2016

by Terry Erasmus

On my second trip to Japan of this year I was able to include a visit to the annual bonsai exhibition in Kyoto, the Taikan-ten. Always well attended by bonsai professionals, enthusiasts and the general public, it is a chance to see Kokufu winners of the same year and many Japanese Important Masterpiece trees on display.

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Makeover of a Chinese Elm - Continued

Makeover of a Chinese Elm - Continued

by Terry Erasmus

In this post we continue with the development of an old Chinese elm which began a remake in 2009. We pick up from where the first installment ended and show you what the tree looks like now and describe the techniques used.

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4 Year Development of a Cotoneaster from bush to bonsai

4 Year Development of a Cotoneaster from bush to bonsai

by Terry Erasmus

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.

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Old, Imported Japanese Black Pine gets a repot

Old, Imported Japanese Black Pine gets a repot

by Terry Erasmus

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.

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How to build a wooden box for an elm bonsai in 1min 42sec, well almost.

How to build a wooden box for an elm bonsai in 1min 42sec, well almost.

by Terry Erasmus

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.

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Layering a Hackberry, Part 2

Layering a Hackberry, Part 2

by Terry Erasmus

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.

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Field growing Hackberry Part 2

Field growing Hackberry Part 2

by Terry Erasmus

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.

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The Spring Countdown has begun: How to prepare

The Spring Countdown has begun: How to prepare

by Terry Erasmus

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.

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Styling a Dwarf: Working on a Kotobuki Black Pine

Styling a Dwarf: Working on a Kotobuki Black Pine

by Terry Erasmus

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.

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Learn how to take cuttings in these 10 easy to follow steps

Learn how to take cuttings in these 10 easy to follow steps

by Terry Erasmus

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.

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