In this introduction to miniature bonsai, Hennie Nel provides insights into the cultivation of these tiny trees with a focus on species selection, typical maintenance needs, sources of suitable material and more. You to are bound to become intrigued by this fascinating pursuit.
Lithops. Stone plants. Living stones. Flowering stones. Brains. Each one unique. They are one of the most fascinating succulents, and anyone who sees one reacts differently. Marion Thompson shares her experiences of cultivating these succulents and how you too can grow them successfully.
When it comes to shrimp or fish breeding, creating the perfect water parameters is a must. The parameter to be watched closely is pH. Jacques of McMerwe farms writes about the pH requirements and challenges when breeding shrimp and why he believes Akadama is such as great substrate.
In this article on Haworthia succulents, Harry Lewis of Living Desert Plants explains through simple to follow text and detailed photographs, how to pollinate Haworthia flowers and propagate these popular succulents by growing them from seed.
Many succulents are quite easy to propagate, and usually only require that one pulls off a leaf or two in order to grow more plants. Not so, however, with the genus Haworthia. Harry Lewis of Living Desert Plants explains how it can be done using text and very detailed photographs to illustrate each step.
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.
Cleft grafting, commonly used in grafting of fruit trees, is a technique which Taiwanese Hackberry masters have adopted for use in developing incredible bonsai. In this blog post Terry Erasmus explains the steps which Master Chang Yong Zhou, in video, follows to perform these grafts.
Learn how to successfully graft Hackberry (Celtis) bonsai using these two methods. Terry Erasmus visits Taiwan and is shown these reliable grafts by a Taiwanese Hackberry master. Easy to follow step by step instructions with accompanying high quality video will ensure you grasp these techniques quickly.
Growing any bonsai from seed is an achievement as it is a testimony to the commitment of the grower. Japanese black pines are a particularly popular species to grow from seed and in this article Terry Erasmus shares his knowledge gained from growing this rewarding species and explains the different techniques available to you.
Setting short and long term goals in life has so many positive benefits so why should setting goals for your bonsai passion be an exception. In this article Terry Erasmus shares 8 of his personal goals which he has generalized for a wider audience and which will hopefully serve as inspiration to you so that you too can set your own goals to achieve during the year of 2020
Wild olives or Olea europaea subsp. Africana are widely available across South Africa. Yamadori or collected specimens are especially desirable as bonsai material due to their overall maturity and characterful bark. In this article Terry Erasmus presents 8 simple to follow tips which will help ensure your collected wild olive makes a healthy transition from the veld to life in a bonsai container.
Junipers are some of the most popular bonsai subjects around the world. In South Africa we have somewhat limited access to good material but in this article I will share 5 tips with you that I believe will help you to grow better juniper bonsai trees. From basics such as cuttings to collecting, from creating to shari to selecting a species to work with and much more.