Two novel approaches to developing Trident Maple bonsai, Technique 2

Two novel approaches to developing Trident Maple bonsai, Technique 2

by Terry Erasmus August 06, 2017 4 Comments

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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Collected Olive to Pre-Bonsai in 2 Years

Collected Olive to Pre-Bonsai in 2 Years

by Terry Erasmus February 05, 2016 5 Comments

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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Developing branches and ramification in deciduous trees

Developing branches and ramification in deciduous trees

by Terry Erasmus January 20, 2016 1 Comment

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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Foundation work on a Chinese Maple shohin bonsai tree

Foundation work on a Chinese Maple shohin bonsai tree

by Terry Erasmus December 15, 2015 2 Comments

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

by Terry Erasmus November 04, 2015 21 Comments

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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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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