This blog post follows the development of a Cotoneaster bonsai tree from a rooted cutting, developed in the garden and then in a growing pot for only 4 years. In it cover the basics of what to do from the time you dig up the tree till it goes into a refinement pot or container.
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.
Spring is a wonderful time in the bonsai garden. However it can also be a very stressful time as there is so much which needs doing. Careful preparation will help to alleviate much of this stress. Read this blog post which has been written to help you plan for the rush which is to come.
In this first part of this two part series I wrote about 5 things you SHOULD be doing with your bonsai in Autumn. In this the second part, I write about 5 things you should NOT do.
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.
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.
This is the last in the blog series on repotting bonsai trees. In this post we will go through the steps of repotting your tree. Using a series of images with accompanied explanations and tips mixed into the mix, you should be able to repot your tree with confidence.
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.
As part of the 3 part blog series on repotting we will take a look at how the pot you select to plant your tree into influences the overall image and the reaction a viewer is likely to have toward it. By using a trident maple root over rock bonsai tree we place it in several different containers and comment about the effect it has. Familiarizing yourself to these considerations should help you the next time you need to match a tree with the ideal bonsai pot.