Seasonal Work on an Upright Hackberry

Seasonal Work on an Upright Hackberry

by Terry Erasmus June 20, 2017 3 Comments

At the end of each growing season deciduous trees need to be worked on. The tasks which need to be completed include removing the dying leaves, cutting back twigs where needed, wiring and general assessment of the trees development over the past season.

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Kusamono Appreciation

Kusamono Appreciation

by Terry Erasmus May 22, 2017 1 Comment

Kusamono is essentially a planting which may consist of anything including grasses or flowers. The material used in Kusamono plantings are often free; you can collect them growing just about anywhere if you go for a walk. You may find many of the plants suited to these plantings are even considered weeds!

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8th World Bonsai Convention, Saitama, Japan. 2017

8th World Bonsai Convention, Saitama, Japan. 2017

by Terry Erasmus April 28, 2017 1 Comment

Japan hosted the World Bonsai Friendship Federation Convention, after a period of 20 odd years. We were spoilt with 3 days of bonsai of the highest standards. A huge draw card of the convention to local and foreigners alike were the 300 some top class bonsai on display.

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Root over Rock Chinese Maple: A critical analysis

Root over Rock Chinese Maple: A critical analysis

by Terry Erasmus April 18, 2017

In this blog post we study a wonderful example of the root over rock style in bonsai. The species used is the Trident Maple which is ideal for this style due to its growing character. Lets take a closer look at this tree and analyze the many features which make this specimen so particularly attractive.

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The beautiful colours of Autumn

The beautiful colours of Autumn

by Terry Erasmus April 12, 2017 2 Comments

Autumn is truly here when you see the leaves of your bonsai turning from green to shades of yellows and oranges. It is a fabulous time to be around your trees; to reflect on the season past and all the hopes and exciting projects you have for the following season.

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The Ultimate Bonsai Growing Medium

The Ultimate Bonsai Growing Medium

by Terry Erasmus April 08, 2017

For as many bonsai enthusiasts you speak with you will get an equal number of bonsai growing medium recipes. Each enthusiast believes their medium is best, and perhaps it is - for them. This article is about growing mediums, with a focus on the role each individual component plays equipping you with the information needed to mix your own ultimate growing medium.

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My Favourite Tokoname Potters

My Favourite Tokoname Potters

by Terry Erasmus March 30, 2017 1 Comment

Tokoname in Japan is famous amongst bonsai enthusiasts as it is where so many exquisite bonsai pots originate. As many of the kilns have closed in the last years Tokoname bonsai pots have become increasingly sought after and many are now highly collectible. My favourites are not necessarily worth much but they make me happy.

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5 Wiring Tips for your bonsai trees

5 Wiring Tips for your bonsai trees

by Terry Erasmus March 29, 2017

Being able to wire is a fundamental technique which must be practiced by the bonsai enthusiast. Without good wiring technique it is not possible to achieve the bends or shaping of your tree as you would like. These simple, concise tips are here to help you.

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The Art of Fertilizing

The Art of Fertilizing

by Terry Erasmus February 19, 2017 6 Comments

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 January 25, 2017 14 Comments

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 December 10, 2016 4 Comments

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 November 09, 2016 6 Comments

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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