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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Old, Imported Japanese Black Pine gets a repot

Old, Imported Japanese Black Pine gets a repot

by Terry Erasmus October 06, 2016 5 Comments

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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5 Things you should be doing with your bonsai in Autumn

5 Things you should be doing with your bonsai in Autumn

by Terry Erasmus April 17, 2016 7 Comments

Every season, we need to be aware of what tasks are required on or around our bonsai trees. Here are 5 simple tips to ensure you get the basics covered.

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Shohin Heaven - Yorozuen

Shohin Heaven - Yorozuen

by Terry Erasmus March 22, 2016 2 Comments

On a recent trip to Japan I visited two specialist nurseries; one that is well known and has won many awards in Japan for their shohin, and the other is a bonsai professional that specialises in Satsuki Azalea. In part one of this two part blog join me as we take a quick look at these nurseries and point out some exceptional examples of bonsai, perhaps some comments on their care and the techniques possibly used in their styling.

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Repotting a Japanese Red Pine

Repotting a Japanese Red Pine

by Terry Erasmus September 15, 2015 6 Comments

Unlike deciduous trees, when we repot evergreens, or in this case an old Japanese Red Pine, we need to treat the roots with a little more respect. We cannot remove as much of the rootball neither can we wash the old soil off. In this post I will show you how to safely repot a pine tree using plenty of photos and accompanying descriptions.

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What to do when it rains continuously

What to do when it rains continuously

by Terry Erasmus August 31, 2015

A quick blog post in which I share a very practical tip about elevating bonsai pots in winter or anytime when it is raining continuously for days on end and the roots in shallow containers are drowning.

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