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Icons of the African Savannah

Icons of the African Savannah

6 min read

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.
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What is seaweed and is it good for your plants?

3 min read

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.
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Lophophora williamsii, ancient & mythical cactus

4 min read

Collecting and growing your own peyote is an extremely rewarding experience. Gerhard Vermeulen shares some growing advice on how you too can cultivate these ancient succulents.
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Japanese Black Pine: Autumn Maintenance

8 min read

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.
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Miyajima Goyomatsu: Grafted White Pine

10 min read

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.
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how to choose a bonsai pot

How to choose a bonsai pot

9 min read

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.
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The fantastic Juniperus procumbens nana

9 min read

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.

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Rooting Haworthia

Rooting Haworthia

5 min read

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.
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Portulacaria afra “the underdog“

Portulacaria afra “the underdog“

10 min read

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.
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Portulacaria afra bonsai

4 min read

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.
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juniper bonsai compaction

Twisty little Shimpaku

2 min read

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.
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cork bark elm bonsai progression

Chinese Cork Bark Elm Progression, Part 1

7 min read

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.
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