JBP Candle-Cutting time

Nebari Bonsai

Every year I try to post an update on this pine, around candle-cutting time (remember, do this 100 days before your first frost date). This is partly out of habit, and partly to shamelessly promote my book which is basically 100 captioned photos of this tree in the same spot becoming a bonsai over 7 years. A very minimalist concept for a book, but a great way to learn the cause-effect relationship of the techniques we use on JBP bonsai. You can (and really should) buy it here.
This is year 10 for this pine; from a 7-gal nursery can. Branching is coming along pretty nicely:

Enough jibber jabber. Here’s the update.
July 10, before summer candle-cutting…top-down:





Completely unwired:



Lightly pruned, and a couple wires added in preparation for a full wiring this winter:

Lots of carnage!

Lots of sunshine:

Ready to pop right back in 100…

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Shohin Yew First Styling

Robert Nocher Shohin Bonsai

This is a shohin taxus cuspidata that was imported from Japan 4 years ago, which I acquired about 3 years ago. It has taken all of this time to acclimatise the tree, to re-pot it into a medium which is appropriate for our weather and to get it growing with sufficient vigour to continue its development.

This is how it looked before any work was carried out.


After the creation of a jin, some shari and an initial pruning.


After a little more pruning and the addition of some wire to open up the branches


And from the other side before


During the work


And after


I think this little tree has great potential and I look forward to its continued development in the future.

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5th US National Bonsai Exhibition– Update

Valavanis Bonsai Blog


Plans and quickly progressing to display some of the finest bonsai in the country at the 5th US National Bonsai Exhibition on September 10-11, 2016. The venue, a 55,000 square foot sports facility is composed of TWO indoor soccer fields. Once inside, the soccer field on the right will contain over 300 bonsai, all formally displayed. The sales and demo area is in the left side soccer field. Both soccer fields are carpeted with comfortable green artificial grass, easy on the feet and superb lighting.

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Fifty vendors are bringing their finest bonsai, pre-bonsai, containers, tools, supplies, suiseki, scrolls, display tables as well as a variety of soils to the US National Exhibition from Japan, Sweden, Canada as well as 25 states throughout our country. Everything you could ever want will be for sale in the…

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