Visit to Pavel Slovak

Originally posted on bonsai balcony brno:
My friend Jiri and I got an opportunity to visit a well known Bonsai artist and so we didn’t have any second thoughts about jumping in the car and making the trip. Mr. Slovak lives in a very humid area by the Beskydy Mountains close to the Slovakian border and the health of his Mugo, Scots Pines, Larches and… Continue reading Visit to Pavel Slovak

How to reduce the Yamadori rootball to fit in a Bonsai Pot

Originally posted on Bonsai & Yamadori from Tony Tickle:
When purchasing raw material Yamadori… that is trees that have been collected and are in the first container that they were established, many folk are concerned that the transition to a smaller container would be too traumatic an undertaking. Timing, health and understanding the resilience of the species is essential when doing this work. The example… Continue reading How to reduce the Yamadori rootball to fit in a Bonsai Pot

Removing a FAT root from The Hawthorn Raft

Originally posted on Bonsai & Yamadori from Tony Tickle:
One of the challenges that face anyone creating bonsai is that they GROW not only above the soil but below, of course all trees need roots however sometimes the roots can cause problems such as oversize and out of scale to the tree, particularly with deciduous species. I have been working this hawthorn raft over 26… Continue reading Removing a FAT root from The Hawthorn Raft

Be Careful with Shore Pine in the Winter-

Originally posted on Michael Hagedorn:
Shore Pine is one of North America’s most beautiful two-needled pines, with short bright green needles and great bark. It has similarities to many other smaller pines which often have multiple crowns, like pinyon pines. Shore pine does have one distinct difference however, and that (appears to be) cold hardiness. I say ‘appears to be’ because it’s more of a… Continue reading Be Careful with Shore Pine in the Winter-

I use some fancy words to justify my defoliation habit, go figure. 

Originally posted on Adam's Art and Bonsai Blog:
Okay, perhaps I defoliate too much. Maybe or maybe not. I can admit it before an audience. And, of course, there are those bonsai professionals out there who say, quite reasonably, that to cut off all a trees leaves might not be the best thing, horticulturally speaking. It seems, from a common sense view, a reasonable… Continue reading I use some fancy words to justify my defoliation habit, go figure.