water saving bonsai tree tips

Water Saving Tips for Bonsai Artists

Regions now experiencing record setting droughts must be especially conscientious about how they use water on their bonsai and take whatever means possible to save.
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The Art of Watering

The Art of Watering

Watering is an area of our art which I think is assumed you will intuitively grasp, after all it simply involves getting water into a container with a live plant in it! In reality though it is actually a rather complex technique which just like wiring and styling needs to be practiced and mastered. I have heard it said that it can easily take a full time apprentice 3 years to grasp the essentials, so how much longer will it take you and I as amateur enthusiasts? This is why I have entit...
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Bonsai activities in autumn

5 Things you should be doing with your bonsai in Autumn

Every season, we need to be aware of what tasks are required on or around our bonsai trees. Here are 5 simple tips to ensure you get the basics covered.

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Yorozuen shohin bonsai nursery

Shohin Heaven - Yorozuen

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 styl...

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japanese red pine repotting

Repotting a Japanese Red Pine

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.

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What to do with your bonsai when it rains continuously

What to do when it rains continuously

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.

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