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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
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
What should I do when the bamboo leaves turn yellow?
The most common factors for yellowing leaves are either too much sunlight; and/or too salty or heavily-fluoridated tap water. It is best to keep the bamboo away from sunlight and to use filtered w
What should I do when the money tree leaves turn yellow?
The most common factors for yellowing money tree leaves are too much sunlight, wide range of temperature fluctuations throughout the day and/or over-watering. It is best to keep the plant away fro
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
Preparing your bonsai for Winter
For many, the winter season storms have already begun and brought snow. For others, as we get closer to the winter season, it’s a good time to prepare your trees. Insulation: The large
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
Base Layer: 3 Elements to Consider
Adding a base layer to your pot while repotting works wonders for your bonsai tree. Not only does it prevent compaction, but it also prevents root rot by ensuring quality drainage. So now that w
Watering : Checking for Signs of Stress
In Japan, only the most senior level apprentice or student is permitted to water the trees. The reason for this is because watering the trees requires experience and knowledge of each species of
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
Juniper Styling Tips: Pinching vs Cutting: Which is Best?
Pinching or cutting your juniper foliage and needles. Which one is the better method? Traditionally, the technique for pushing back growth in junipers was to pinch the needle tips of the juniper
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
Pruning back growth on your Money Tree
Money trees grow very quickly. Sometimes if left to grow, the leaves will grow long and tall. However, if you would like to compact the growth and keep it closer to the trunk of the tree, it’s v
Maintaining Good Trunk Health on a Money Tree
The health of a money tree largely depends on the healthiness of the trunk. Money trees do not have a long root structure. Most of the nutrients are absorbed through the roots that develop from
Preparing your favors.
This topic is a big question for many of our customers. We send favors un-assembled to avoid breakage and to lower shipping cost for you. Here are some tips on how to arrange your favors and
Akadama - The different grades of akadama
Contrary to popular belief, akadama is not all created equal. In Japan, Akadama is so readily available that it is used for nearly everything including basic house plants. That is why there are
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
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