Two novel approaches to developing Trident Maple bonsai, Technique 1

Two novel approaches to developing Trident Maple bonsai, Technique 1

by Terry Erasmus July 30, 2017 1 Comment

Chinese or Trident Maples are very obliging bonsai subjects. In this blog post I will share two methods which will assist you in developing better maples in less time than many of the convention methods which are commonly founds in books and on the internet.

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Bonsai Azalea Heaven in Saitama, Japan

Bonsai Azalea Heaven in Saitama, Japan

by Terry Erasmus April 07, 2016 5 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.

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Approach Grafting on a Japanese Maple

Approach Grafting on a Japanese Maple

by Terry Erasmus December 30, 2015 6 Comments

Approach grafting is one of several grafting techniques and it differs from the very similar thread grafting in that a hole is not drilled through the trunk, through which the scion is passed. Instead in approach grafting a groove is made in the stock or plant you are grafting onto, and the scion is placed into that groove.

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Maple Sextet, basic styling of Chinese maple bonsai trees

Maple Sextet, basic styling of Chinese maple bonsai trees

by Terry Erasmus October 14, 2015 2 Comments

Chinese maples are my favorite bonsai material. They are suitable for both beginner and professional alike and are one of the species most suitable for bonsai cultivation. In this post I will use six Chinese maples as examples to apply leaf defoliation; show you how to wire branches to form basic branch structure; describe how to deal with cut scars, share some tips on root and approach grafting and show you how you can recreate an apex.

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Approach grafting revisited

Approach grafting revisited

by Terry Erasmus July 11, 2015 4 Comments

Earlier this season I did quite a number of approach grafts on trident maples and hackberries I have in development. Unlike thread grafts, approach grafts can pretty much be done throughout the growing season which suits me fine as early spring, when thread grafts must be done is way too busy generally.

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