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juniper bonsai compaction

Twisty little Shimpaku

2 min read

In this cool restyling of a Juniper bonsai, Martín Díaz separates the live vein from the deadwood and radically compacts the tree to make it more powerful. Follow Martín as he shows you how he completed the process.
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cork bark elm bonsai progression

Chinese Cork Bark Elm Progression, Part 1

7 min read

In this first episode of the development of a field grown Cork Bark Elm as a bonsai tree, Terry Erasmus shares what appealed to him about the tree initially and the processes and techniques he employed during the first year of growth in a container environment.
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japanese white pine bonsai styling

Restyling of a locally grown Japanese White Pine

9 min read

A customer of mine who purchased this tree from Rudi Adam's collection after his passing brought this Japanese White Pine to me for styling. In this post I share with you the scope of work completed on this bonsai tree, why it was necessary and what the future holds for this historically significant South African tree.
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introduction to the art of bonsai

Introduction to Bonsai

6 min read

Bonsai is an ancient Japanese art form where natural tree forms are created in miniature, in a tray-like container, for the purpose of contemplation. It surely must be of the most popular of the Japanese arts in South Africa today with many bonsai clubs gathering around the country.
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brett simon bending juniper bonsai trees

Bend it like Brett

6 min read

In this vlog, Terry Erasmus shadows local Cape Town bonsai artist, Brett Simon as he prepares a collected juniper for some drastic bending. Increase your confidence to do the same as Brett explains and demonstrates the process he follows to you with the aid of text, photographs and carefully narrated video.

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bonsai tips and suggestions

Maintenance and training of bonsai trees

3 min read

This blog post was inspired by an article in an old edition of the Bonsai Today magazine. In this post, which I will be adding to over time I will share many tips and suggestions on growing bonsai; how to maintain, style, wire, feed and much more. The topic, written in plain English aided by detailed photographs explains the fundamentals of bonsai in an easy to follow manner.
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English elm bonsai development

Development of an English Elm Bonsai

19 min read

Follow the development of this English Elm bonsai from rooted cutting in a bag, field growing, development and then finally through refinement to exhibition.
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Japanese red pine bonsai tree

Japanese Red Pine Styling

6 min read

A Japanese red pine imported in 2013, finally get some tender loving care in the form of a proper styling.
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Japanese black pine bonsai styling

Japanese Red Pine bonsai gets a new look

11 min read

In this post, I guide you through the process which I followed to prepare this Japanese Red Pine bonsai tree I imported from Japan late 2015, for a major restyling. The tree is then wired and styled. Extensive styling notes accompany the many photos so you can easily follow the process.
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Chinese elm bonsai tree makeover

Makeover of a Chinese Elm - Continued

6 min read

In this post we continue with the development of an old Chinese elm which began a remake in 2009. We pick up from where the first installment ended and show you what the tree looks like now and describe the techniques used.
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4 Year Development of a Cotoneaster from bush to bonsai

4 Year Development of a Cotoneaster from bush to bonsai

9 min read

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.

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acacia bonsai tree gets a new styling

An Acacia Bonsai gets a radical makeover

3 min read

An Acacia bonsai brought to me by a customer gets a radical makeover.  Radical makeovers or instant bonsai can be fun and challenging. This neglected tree gets a completely new look and some new growing media to jump start it.

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