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japanese black pine bonsai

Japanese Black Pine: Autumn Maintenance

8 min read

Terry Erasmus performs some Autumn maintenance work on this Japanese Black Pine bonsai. Read about the techniques used for work required now, to prepare the tree for the coming spring and to ensure its future.
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japanese white pine goyomatsu bonsai

Miyajima Goyomatsu: Grafted White Pine

10 min read

An imported grafted Japanese White Pine receives some attention in this post from Terry Erasmus as he styles it for the first time. Topics discussed are branch and needle removal, structural wiring and design.
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How to choose a bonsai pot

9 min read

A bonsai cannot properly be appreciated until it is combined with its essential complement, the bonsai container. In actual fact the word bonsai means a potted plant. Shape, texture, glaze, colour and more are explained.
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juniper procumbens nana bonsai

The fantastic Juniperus procumbens nana

9 min read

Juniper procumbens nana is a fantastic species for bonsai. It grows well in all parts of South Africa, takes easily from cuttings, is easy to train and transplants well. Brett Simon shares of his extensive knowledge of this species with you.

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Rooting Haworthia

Rooting Haworthia

5 min read

Harry explains the process of rooting Haworthia; the best procedures to follow once you identify a plant that has had root loss, removing the cause of the root loss, and finally deciding on the most suitable method and time for rooting.
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Portulacaria afra “the underdog“

Portulacaria afra “the underdog“

10 min read

Portulacaria afra or “Spekboom“ is a popular succulent plant found on rocky slopes in the Karoo scrub and semi-arid landscapes. Andre Swart, a bonsai enthusiast from George shares 15 years of experience growing this species as bonsai.
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Portulacaria afra bonsai moshe emergui

Portulacaria afra bonsai

4 min read

Moshe Emergui, shares some information on growing Portulacaria afra as a bonsai tree. Focusing on basic cultivation notes, he describes the ideal location, styling and maintenance of this species which is actually a succulent.
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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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chinese maple bonsai root over rock

Chinese maple root over rock

7 min read

Few species are as versatile bonsai subjects as the Chinese or Trident maple. Very hardy, responds well to many styling techniques appreciated throughout the seasons. Follow the progression of this root over rock grown by Terry Erasmus since 2011.

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haworthia basics care harry lewis

Caring for Haworthia

6 min read

In this article Harry Lewis provides the basics of growing Haworthia succulents in simple terms that anyone can understand. Questions such as "How do I plant Haworthia?", "Where do I place Haworthia?", and "How do I care for Haworthia?" are all answered.
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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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