Field Growing Oak

Scratch Bonsai

Now that leaves have mostly dropped and trees are almost dormant, time to do an annual prune of material growing in the beds.  This oak was a seedling planted this year.  It fairly thrived but had too many branches coming from a single point on the trunk, and these had to be thinned out to avoid inverse taper.


Lower branches left on to allow thickening.  I’d like this to be quite a chunky tree so I’ll keep new growth short next year.

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Bonsai Without Borders Global Summit

Valavanis Bonsai Blog


The Bonsai Without Borders Global Summit and Black Scissors Bonsai Creators Convention was co-hosted by the Huzhou Nanxun Phoenix Cultural Tourism Development Group and the BWB Global Summit and Black Scissors Organization. It was held in Nanxum, a beautiful ancient city a few hours from Shanghai, China, on December 7-8, 2016. Su Fang, President of the Chinese Penjing Artists Association is also the co-founder of the “Black Scissors Organization,” and promoter of Chinese penjing.


Su Fang

The Black Scissors Organization, founded by Su Fang and Robert Steven from Indonesia a few years ago to avoid bonsai politics and believes that there is room for bonsai art to improve to a higher level. The vision of the organization is to promote and encourage creative bonsai through the Black Scissors spirit as a new world bonsai movement with enjoyment and fun. Working together, throughout the world and creating bonsai thinking “outside the…

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