chinese maple trident bonsai trees

Two novel approaches to developing Trident Maple bonsai, Technique 2

In this 2nd of two novel techniques for developing Trident maple bonsai, or any other easy-to-fuse species, I will show you how you can rapidly grow a powerful trunk with dramatic taper in less than 5 years from young material.
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Wild olive bonsai tree clump style

Collected Olive to Pre-Bonsai in 2 Years

The story of a small, collected shohin sized wild olive begins in this post. Collected in 2013, within only 2 years the tree has undergone a dramatic change and it is on it's way to being awarded a bonsai pot for good behaviour. I will share with you how this development was achieved so you too can tell a similar story. 

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Deciduous bonsai tree ramification

Developing branches and ramification in deciduous trees

One of the most attractive qualities of deciduous bonsai when sensitively styled is the light and delicate appearance within the visual mass of the canopy. When hidden by a full canopy of leaves this beauty is lost to the viewer, but it's in winter that these species' structure which required many years of pinching, defoliating and wiring is finally revealed.

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Chinese maple bonsai tree styling

Foundation work on a Chinese Maple shohin bonsai tree

In this blog post a shohin tree makes it onto the bench for the 2nd time this season to be defoliated, wire which is biting in will need to be removed and we may need to do some branch selection. I will also discuss the appropriate use of tools and how to deal with scarring and the usefulness of sacrifice branches.

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Field growing bonsai trees

Field growing bonsai trees

Field growing is one of the techniques by which you can rapidly attain thick, tapering trunks with which to develop quality bonsai trees. In this blog post we will cover the basics of field growing and how you too can develop some incredible trunks.

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Chinese elm makeover

Makeover of a Chinese Elm

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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Terry Erasmus works on a chinese elm

Bush to Bonsai Chinese Elm

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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