2016 Autumn Japan Bonsai Exploration– Part 1

Valavanis Bonsai Blog


Today the 19 members of Kora Dalager’s and my tour first went to Hanyu to visit Seiji Morimae at his Uchikutei garden. His business S-Cube, offers an extensive array of bonsai, suiseki, containers, display tables as well as antiques related to bonsai. His container prices are great and every time our group visits Mr. Morimae he has a smile on his face.


In the past Mr. Morimae published WABI magazine (World Artistic Bonsai Information.) This was a great publication, which was published when he had the time to sit down and write. It did not have a regular publication date. Sound familiar, but I’m trying to get International BONSAI on a more regular schedule. In the past three weeks TWO issues were published and mailed to our subscribers around the world.


Since Mr. Morimae has a busy schedule he has been offering his items through an extensive web site where…

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The fifth of five bonsai

Shohin Bonsai Europe - Morten Albek

The fifth of five bonsai is chosen without shaking on my hands. In this small fun series were I have chosen the five bonsai species among my favourites, the choice is Pine. it also i one of the most difficult trees to succeed as bonsai I find. There is numerous techniques to control the tree that one has to know, and at all the varieties there are different things to do. You just can´t do the same on all pine varieties.


Pines, Pinus, are very elegant trees as bonsai, that have a majestic powerful expression with the aged old bark and gentle green needles. Therefore it is among the king of trees in the bonsai world, and often chosen among favourites at bonsai exhibitions too. In the small tree world of shohin enthusiasts it often is a pine tree that is selected as main tree in a composition. There are…

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Sacrifice branches, black pine Part 2

Nebari Bonsai

Back in March we looked at using sacrifice branches to develop a JBP in the ground. Today, let’s revisit the same JBP and look at how to develop the “final” branches while it’s in the ground. Remember, sacrifice and final branches have very different roles, and are treated very differently.
For a refresher, click here for the article: http://nebaribonsai.wordpress.com/2013/03/02/sacrifice-branches-black-pine/

Sacrifice branches are allowed to grow long, so long as they don’t:
-Shade out the final branches
-Weaken final branches
-Create bulges or reverse taper

Final branches are developed concurrently and are developed mostly like any branches on a JBP in a pot. Even final branches can be thickened by the use of sacrifice branches.

Here is the JBP in the ground, 4 months later; easier to tell sacrifice from final branches, isn’t it?

Since its candle-cutting time in my area, I use that technique to keep the final branches’ internodes…

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