Hennie Nel Air Layers a Chinese Elm

Hennie Nel Air Layers a Chinese Elm

by Terry Erasmus October 18, 2017 4 Comments

Hennie Nel decides a Cork Bark Chinese Elm bonsai in his collection can be improved by air layering. Luckily I was there at the time to document the process for you.

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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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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 September 21, 2016 3 Comments

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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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 June 17, 2016 5 Comments

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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Progression of a Field Grown Chinese Elm over 6 years

Progression of a Field Grown Chinese Elm over 6 years

by Terry Erasmus February 19, 2016 8 Comments

Bonsai progressions are always fun to look at. It shows in a few short paragraphs of text and some images, the work and changes a bonsai tree has undergone over a number of years. What makes it fun though is that our art is as much about trees as it is about patience, so seeing all these changes condensed is like pressing fast forward on the remote.

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Makeover of a Chinese Elm

Makeover of a Chinese Elm

by Terry Erasmus October 29, 2015 6 Comments

This Chinese elm was purchased from a nursery, where it was originally imported from China. It was grown very quickly and displayed many faults. However the basic trunkline and structure was pleasing and over the course of 8 or so years it was remade. It was recently worked on by Francois Jeker, who gave it an extra nudge in the right direction. Read in this blog post about the process used to get it to what you see today.

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Bush to Bonsai Chinese Elm

Bush to Bonsai Chinese Elm

by Terry Erasmus October 05, 2015 11 Comments

This Chinese elm started out as a bag tree from a local nursery. After field growing it and developing the trunk for some years I finally lifted and began styling it in 2013. The tree is now at the stage where branch structure is being developed. In this blog post we will defoliate the elm, trim the excessive growth and style the branches with wire.

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Some final tips for winter

Some final tips for winter

by Terry Erasmus July 29, 2015 3 Comments

In this blog post we cover some of the last minute tasks I would recommend for the tail end of winter. These are the tasks covered: Appropriate pruning, weeding before its too late, too much moss, select trees for repotting and preventative plant protection.

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