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No lower branches? Make it a Bunjin Style Bonsai
Creating Bunjin / Literati Style Bonsai Trees Typically lower branches are highly valued when making a bonsai tree. However, there is a style that is available that works perfectly
Balancing Blooms on Satsuki Azaleas
One of the little known secrets of working with Satsuki Azaleas is balancing their flowers. When working with a advanced older tree, the darker blooms will consume more energy than the light col
Trained Olive Bonsai Tree Care Information
The Olive Bonsai will grow in full shade to full sun, but the more light it has the more dense its foliage will be. The Olive Bonsai can be kept indoors during the winter months. However, they a
What are Bonsai Tools?
What are Bonsai Tools? Bonsai tools are specialized tools to care for and cultivate the Bonsai trees. These Bonsai tools are used to trim, shape, and care for the Bonsai Trees. The Bonsai tools a
Winter and Tree Dormancy
Tree Dormancy causes a lot of worry for many newcomers to bonsai. It can be scary to start seeing your tree start to have yellow leaves or even drop them altogether. Luckily this is very nor
3 Essential Tools for your First Bonsai Tree
So you’ve just received a new bonsai tree for the holidays or picked one up for yourself. You’re probably asking yourself now what. Aside from watering your tree regularly, you’ll need to l
Our Top 2 Favorite Bonsai Species
Choosing a bonsai species can be difficult. There are so many species and varieties that can make it hard to decide. Some trees prefer the clip and grow method of training while others need to b
Modern Styling Method: Creating Fullness and Depth
In an earlier post, we discussed the pros of cutting back growth rather than pinching the needles back. Now that you have done this, you’ll find that you have a lot of outside growth and not muc
The Importance of Branch Arrangement
Branch arrangement is most often the difference between a good bonsai tree and a wonderful bonsai tree. Unfortunately branch arrangement is one of the most difficult things to learn as it requir
Heavy Bends with Guy Wire
The guy wire technique is used both in landscape trees and bonsai trees. You’ll often see trees that have branches with wire attached to them anchoring them downward. The wire is used to put pre
Clip and Grow Method: Developing a Pad Layer
The clip and grow method is a great way to familiarize yourself with the growth patterns of your tree. For beginners, it’s also a great method to train your tree without needing to apply wire to
Bonsai Training: Clip and Grow Method Basics: Tip # 1
Of the methods in which you can train your bonsai tree, the clip and grow method is the easiest. Simply put, it requires just basic shears to do. However for your tree to develop correctly,
Layering a Juniper Procumbens Nana by Jason Chan
Yesterday evening, I stumbled across a great Juniper Procumbens Nana in our nursery that was perfect for a semi cascade. I spent the evening styling the tree. It’s always best to work from the b
Basic Fertilizing Techniques for your Tree
Fertilizing is probably one of the most common questions that arises at every demonstration. Everybody loves to feed their tree. However, sometimes we give our tree too much love and we fertiliz
Training Satsuki Azaleas Overview
Satsuki Azaleas are one of the most desired trees in bonsai. The most desired attributes in a Satsuki Azalea bonsai tree are a very thick trunk combined with full even foliage. Unfortunately thi
Grafting Cont'd : Preparing The Donor Tree
Grafting is a great technique for developing growth and planning for the future design of your bonsai tree. However, sometimes not enough time is spent on the quality of the donor tree, rather o
Two Great Benefits of Grafting for Improving your Tree
Grafting is a great way to improve the quality of your trees whether it be purely for more desirable foliage or to strengthen the tree in general. When working with material, you may notice
Creating Branch Jins, The Easy Way
Jins are a great way to add character and style to your bonsai tree. It also lets you utilize the unused branches on a tree and create interesting and unique deadwood effects. Typic
Designing your Tree: Strength vs. Elegance
There are generally two approaches to designing a bonsai tree in terms of character. These two styles can be characterized as either having strength or elegance. All the components of a good