The blog’s top ten most popular posts May 2013.

1.- The Orange Jessamine is a material that is widely used for bonsai in the warmer areas of Southeast Asia.

Murraya_paniculata2The Orange Jessamine is a material that is widely used for bonsai in the warmer areas of Southeast Asia.
The plant is in the citrus family and it naturally gows as a very small tree or large shrub.
Even in the ground it grows quite slowly, so large bonsai are hard to find and can be quite valuable.
The picture shows one tree grown in the ground in Taiwan and documented to be 100 years old.
A Murraya said to be 100 years old.
The Murraya has a three to four inch long compound leaf but the leaves are often cut back to only one pair of leaflets for bonsai display.The natural growth of the tree in the ground is generally straight but the surface rootage is nearly always quite good. The bark is a dark grey that can be washed to reveal the sub-bark which is a creamish color. The trunk often has elegant fluting or muscling. Flowers are small and white and are followed by a small "orange" fruit.

 

2.- Ficus Bonsai Care.

If you have decided to try your hand at growing a bonsai tree, you are in for a real treat. While it takes a little time and patience to learn how to grow bonsai, the results are truly incredible.
As you begin your search for the perfect tree, you will be faced with all types of options. For example, bamboo is a nice bonsai option that is reminiscence of true Japanese gardens.
Then, you have the Braided Monkey Tree that is referred to in many Asian cultures as the “Bringer of Good Fortune”. When it comes to bonsai, this makes an excellent choice that is easy to care for and tolerant. Another option for bonsai is Jade tree, which makes an exceptional bonsai. Coming from South Africa, this plant is hearty and boasts succulent, green elliptic leaves and a thick trunk.
One of the favorites is the ficus tree. A miniature version of the tropical Banyan tree, the ficus is exotic and rewarding. Therefore, we suggest you start with this species and to help you get started, we have provided you with important ficus bonsai care.

3.- The blog’s top ten most popular posts April 2013.


Penjing: History, aesthetics & spiritual background.
Many people think of bonsai as exclusively Japanese. But there is a long tradition of bonsai from China. Penjing is the Chinese art of creating a miniature landscape in a container.
The word consists of the two characters shown on the left:
“pen” - “pot” or “container”, and “jing” - “scenery”. An artist may use plant material and natural stone to portray an idyllic mountain retreat with a murmuring brook or a waterscape with a lush tropical island. Or he or she may design a much simpler scene where one single tree makes up the entire composition.

 

4.- Plants for Bonsai here listing.

1 . Look up the plant desired by its common name in the left hand column. There are separate entries for the various common names for a given species to help locate it quickly.

2. Click on the name to go to our database information about that plant.

3. To go to a particular Group, click on that Group's button either at the top or bottom of this page.

 

5.- Success With Indoor Bonsai.

Introduction.
Growing bonsai indoors is one of the passions that has kept me enthralled with bonsai for nearly 30 years. During that time I have grown bonsai on windowsills and indoors under various types of artificial light. Over the years I have learned some crucial concepts about growing trees indoors. This article will present some of these ideas that may help you save time, effort and avoid killing trees in your indoor growing efforts.
Indoors is not indoors.
At best growing trees indoors is a difficult task, and part of the problem is that indoor growing conditions are not at all similar to the natural conditions under which trees normally grow. The climate in your home is quite variable.

 

6.- Thread Grafting New Roots onto Bonsai.

Threadgrafts are by far the easiest and most reliable grafts available to the bonsai enthusiast. Normally used to create new branches on a bonsai, a young, pliable shoot is threaded through the trunk of the tree.

As the shoot grows and fattens, the cambium layers of the shoot and the trunk are forced together and a join or graft is made.

Threadgrafts can also be used to attach new roots to a bonsai. With the English Hawthorn (Crataegus monogyna) below, a new root is required to improve the nebari (rootspread) of the tree and this is provided by thread grafting a young Hawthorn seedling.

 

7.- Most Expensive Bonsai And Ficus Ginseng.

ficus-bonsai
The most expensive bonsai – 2million USD. Yes, this is the price that has been paid for a bonsai.
Following a bit of research I have discovered that people really do have an interest in the price that some will pay for a Ficus Ginseng and for that matter any type of bonsai.
But one thing that has been made starkly clear to me is that price really is quite a subjective topic and that just as two art dealers may disagree on the price of a Rembrandt masterpiece, so too will bonsai collectors.
One thing that can’t be argued is that collectors are willing to pay top dollar for the most expensive bonsai they can get their hands on and that is none more evident than the recent sale of a 300 year old five needle pine which sold for 100,000,000Yen…a lot of zeros…but roughly 1million USD.

 

8.- Bonsai Plant Guide: Trees and shrubs are suitable for traditional bonsai.

Specialty nurseries often have a wide selection of dwarf and semi-dwarf varieties of many species. Dwarf plants, however, do not always convey the same impression as their full size
counterparts because their growth habits are quite different.
Some trees and shrubs that work well as bonsai are azalea, beech, boxwood, ginkgo, maple, oak, pine, wisteria, and zelkova.
AZALEA: Hiryu, Rhododendron obtusum; Satsuki azalea, Rhododendron indicum; Kurume, Rhododendron obtusum.
BEECH: American, Fagus grandifolia ; European, Fagus sylvatica.
BOXWOOD: Buxus species.
ELM: Chinese, Ulmus parvifolia (many small-leaved cultivars)

 

9.- Displaying Your Bonsai Outdoors.

Displaying Your Bonsai Outdoors aesthetics and bonsai should be displayed in an uncluttered environment where the details of the plant Remember that simplicity is very important in Japanese can be appreciated. This is, after all, a wonder of nature trees and shrubs made miniature. Gravel beds in the garden are good backgrounds for bonsai outdoors, and a simple stand or table before a blank wall makes an appropriate setting indoors.
Make sure that the front view faces the viewer. Your beautiful bonsai can greatly benefit by the right setting.
Outdoor Display
If you grow just a few bonsai plants, you will have no problem displaying them. All you need is something that elevates the pots so that you can view them from the front rather than from the top down. A patio bench, for example, will accommodate one or several bonsai plants, and can also define the edge of a deck or serve as seating.

 

10.- Thread Grafting New Roots onto Bonsai.

Threadgrafts are by far the easiest and most reliable grafts available to the bonsai enthusiast. Normally used to create new branches on a bonsai, a young, pliable shoot is threaded through the trunk of the tree.

As the shoot grows and fattens, the cambium layers of the shoot and the trunk are forced together and a join or graft is made.

Threadgrafts can also be used to attach new roots to a bonsai. With the English Hawthorn (Crataegus monogyna) below, a new root is required to improve the nebari (rootspread) of the tree and this is provided by thread grafting a young Hawthorn seedling.

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