The blog’s top ten most popular posts June 2013 from The Ancient Art of Bonsai.

1.- Plywood Slices Stands (Chapter 2).

I have pre-sealed the surface with a couple of quick coats of Liberon finishing oil. This helps in case some resin goes on the wood; it is easier to remove. You can stain plywood with whatever you prefer but for this one I have left it raw. Once set, I use a Dremel with a variety of attachments to just carve away and make it appear like bark. It doesn’t matter if some is flat around the edges as this is precisely how it would appear if sawn from a larger piece. So far the time spent is absolutely minimal. To get to this stage is simply a matter of minutes.

 

2.- A bonsai can never be a finished work of art…because it will always be a living piece of nature, continuing to live and grow.

The object is not to make the tree look like a bonsai, but to make the bonsai look like a tree.’  John Naka – American Bonsai Master. With those wonderful words from John Naka (August 16, 1914 – May 19, 2004) I’d like to welcome you to Bonsai-Passion. What started as an idea to start putting finger to keyboard in my early retirement has become a self-absorbing endeavour that somehow I doubt I will ever finish … and in all honesty I hope I don’t. The site is being worked on most days right now and one area I am hitting quite hard are case histories. As time goes on I shall have many more for you to see.

 

3.- Thread Grafting Bonsai.

'Free' grafting, where the new branch or shoot is made using a scion completely removed from the donor plant prior to grafting, is a difficult technique to master. Free grafts have a failure rate, even when carried out by experienced nurserymen; for the amateur, the failure rate can be high. Alternatively, approach and thread grafting techniques utilise a scion to make a new branch or shoot that is still attached to the donor plant (very often the same plant that also receives the graft) and the scion is not separated from its donor until it is has successfully grafted in its new position.

 

4.- The blog’s top ten most popular posts June 2013.

 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.

 

5.- 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.

 

6.- 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.

 

7.- The Life Of A Flowering Bonsai.

All sorts of flowering bonsai plants can be developed from seeds or cuttings and also from young trees. Like all plants, flowering bonsai plants need careful feeding, watering pruning and training at regular intervals so that they can grow healthy. They usually are grown in small containers which helps to get a desired shape by the application of wire coils. When you are going to buy a flowering bonsai there are three main aspects to consider;
The type of container
The position that the plant will occupy in the container
The choice of the plant type variety.

 

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

Murraya_paniculata2The Orange Jessamine is a material that is widely used for bonsai in the warmer areas of Southeast Asia.

The 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.

 

9.- What is Bonsai? [Infographic].

 

10.- Success With Indoor Bonsai.

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.

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