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chinese maple bonsai root over rock

Chinese maple root over rock

7 min read

Few species are as versatile bonsai subjects as the Chinese or Trident maple. Very hardy, responds well to many styling techniques appreciated throughout the seasons. Follow the progression of this root over rock grown by Terry Erasmus since 2011.

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Caring for Haworthia

5 min read

In this article Harry Lewis provides the basics of growing Haworthia succulents in simple terms that anyone can understand. Questions such as "How do I plant Haworthia?", "Where do I place Haworthia?", and "How do I care for Haworthia?" are all answered.
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japanese white pine bonsai styling

Restyling of a locally grown Japanese White Pine

9 min read

A customer of mine who purchased this tree from Rudi Adam's collection after his passing brought this Japanese White Pine to me for styling. In this post I share with you the scope of work completed on this bonsai tree, why it was necessary and what the future holds for this historically significant South African tree.
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hennie nel bonsai shohin

Introduction to Miniature Bonsai

8 min read

In this introduction to miniature bonsai, Hennie Nel provides insights into the cultivation of these tiny trees with a focus on species selection, typical maintenance needs, sources of suitable material and more. You to are bound to become intrigued by this fascinating pursuit.
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Lithops. Stone plants. Living stones. Flowering stones. Brains

Lithops for Beginners

4 min read

Lithops. Stone plants. Living stones. Flowering stones. Brains. Each one unique. They are one of the most fascinating succulents, and anyone who sees one reacts differently. Marion Thompson shares her experiences of cultivating these succulents and how you too can grow them successfully.
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Shrimp breeding akadama substrate

Akadama: A shrimp breeders ideal?

4 min read

When it comes to shrimp or fish breeding, creating the perfect water parameters is a must. The parameter to be watched closely is pH. Jacques of McMerwe farms writes about the pH requirements and challenges when breeding shrimp and why he believes Akadama is such as great substrate.
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breeding haworthia succulents

Breeding Haworthia

5 min read

In this article on Haworthia succulents, Harry Lewis of Living Desert Plants explains through simple to follow text and detailed photographs, how to pollinate Haworthia flowers and propagate these popular succulents by growing them from seed.
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harry lewis propagation haworthia succulents

Succulent propagation: Haworthia

5 min read

Many succulents are quite easy to propagate, and usually only require that one pulls off a leaf or two in order to grow more plants. Not so, however, with the genus Haworthia. Harry Lewis of Living Desert Plants explains how it can be done using text and very detailed photographs to illustrate each step.
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introduction to the art of bonsai

Introduction to Bonsai

6 min read

Bonsai is an ancient Japanese art form where natural tree forms are created in miniature, in a tray-like container, for the purpose of contemplation. It surely must be of the most popular of the Japanese arts in South Africa today with many bonsai clubs gathering around the country.
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cleft grafting hackberry taiwanese bonsai

Grafting Hackberry, method 2

3 min read

Cleft grafting, commonly used in grafting of fruit trees, is a technique which Taiwanese Hackberry masters have adopted for use in developing incredible bonsai. In this blog post Terry Erasmus explains the steps which Master Chang Yong Zhou, in video, follows to perform these grafts.
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hackberry celtis sinensis grafting bonsai

Two methods for Grafting Hackberry

4 min read

Learn how to successfully graft Hackberry (Celtis) bonsai using these two methods. Terry Erasmus visits Taiwan and is shown these reliable grafts by a Taiwanese Hackberry master. Easy to follow step by step instructions with accompanying high quality video will ensure you grasp these techniques quickly.
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japanese black pines from seed

Japanese black pine from seed, year 1

9 min read

Growing any bonsai from seed is an achievement as it is a testimony to the commitment of the grower. Japanese black pines are a particularly popular species to grow from seed and in this article Terry Erasmus shares his knowledge gained from growing this rewarding species and explains the different techniques available to you.
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