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Highlights of the 2011 Taikan ten

Highlights of the 2011 Taikan ten

July 1, 2017 - admin - bonsai general - 19 views

For the weekend of Thanksgiving I thought I'd share some of the highlights of 2011 Takian tenfold. The event is held annually in Kyoto at this time of year. For those previous entries of the event were lost, see Taikan Ten since 2011. Enjoy! S.... More »

The improvement of young pines

The improvement of young pines

July 1, 2017 - admin - bonsai general - 21 views

A number of my young black pines are now 10 - almost 11 - years old. Depending on how they look, I'm making cuts, transplant or let them grow. below Pine has a number of roots exposed. As the main trunk growing up and to the right will not be par.... More »

Life without Turface …

Life without Turface …

June 30, 2017 - admin - bonsai general - 25 views

... is full of sweet birdsong and the rainbow. I feel the need to comment Turface, which is still, unfortunately, a component of the common bonsai soil. I say unfortunate because this is one of the worst soil components that could never use. Turf.... More »

Removing the leaves of deciduous bonsai

Removing the leaves of deciduous bonsai

June 30, 2017 - admin - bonsai general - 14 views

There are a number of ways to remove the old leaves of deciduous bonsai. Depending on the variety, age or density of the branch and how the leaves are dry, I Äôll use a combination of fingers, tweezers and my whole hand. The first two examples .... More »

Removing leaves from deciduous bonsai

Removing leaves from deciduous bonsai

June 29, 2017 - admin - bonsai general - 17 views

As the year end approaches, typically deciduous bonsai sheet not look their best. No matter - once most of the leaves of these trees are put color or fall, I pluck the remaining sheets. Removing old leaves exposed interior buds to sunlight and redu.... More »

Bonsai Convention (and animals!) In South Africa –

Bonsai Convention (and animals!) In South Africa –

June 29, 2017 - admin - bonsai general - 20 views

In October I was in Johannesburg, South Africa to teach at their national convention. It was a pretty exciting journey, full of great hosts, impromptu trips in the city and national parks, fun times with bonsai, and large animals that either wanted.... More »

Compacting the apex of a white pine

Compacting the apex of a white pine

June 28, 2017 - admin - bonsai general - 31 views

Here's one for nerds bonsai-'How to create an iota "is unlikely to raise the ardor of those who have a passing interest . in bonsai But hopefully those who are dangerously close to being nuts about bonsai appreciate the following photos: Japane.... More »

Visit the Portland Bonsai continue …

Visit the Portland Bonsai continue …

June 28, 2017 - admin - bonsai general - 18 views

... even without a website people! (Thank you for your patience ...) Here are some pictures of Bob, Paula, Carmen, and Renee's visit to the Villa earlier this month. All of them are from California and took a full day here in Portland to visit Ryan.... More »

Tree trimming

Tree trimming

June 27, 2017 - admin - bonsai general - 100 views

When transplanting bonsai, try to keep the roots exposed to air for the shortest time possible. When I know what pot a tree will be planted soon, I will add wire and screen to the boat before it starts the rootwork. I knew I would plant my Sawara c.... More »

Partially nude sawara cypress roots

Partially nude sawara cypress roots

June 27, 2017 - admin - bonsai general - 24 views

When transplanting bonsai conifer growing in nursery soil - usually soil with lots of organic material - try to remove all dirt a portion of the root ball. The amount of soil to remove old or bare root depends on the number of roots encounter and t.... More »