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Time To Order Seedlings & Pre-bonsai!

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Korean Hornbeam

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Korean Hornbeam

This year’s crop of seedlings and pre-bonsai look especially good. They have been graded so each bundle has different size trunks for forest plantings. The larger pre-bonsai are all well established in 4” pots. We will begin shipping in two weeks. Although this year we are offering 18 different species of seedlings and pre-bonsai, below are a few highlights:

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European Beech

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European Beech

The European Beech are quite tall and have an excellent fibrous root system. They are ready for creating your own forest. Although the Korean Hornbeams are smaller, they are also good for forests.

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Kishu Sargent Juniper

The Japanese Red Pine seedlings are small and perfect to wire for shaping shohin bonsai. Both the Kishu and Itoigawa Sargent Junipers are perfect for workshops. I’m using them for my club programs in Virginia, North Carolina and New York…

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Ezo Spruce Forest Styling-

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As the last photo will attest, this tree was styled during quite cold weather…the windows in the studio had very interesting fractal ice patterns last week.

The Ezo itself has been a bonsai a long time, I’m not clear on the provenance of the tree beyond that it’s about 35 years old, sporting some older bark. It could have been imported. This is of the ‘red’ type, which has smaller foliage and a red bud.

This spruce was repotted recently, and the tree has regained vigor after having been weak. Several trunks appear to have died, and were cut away. A few young trees could be reintroduced, although the age of this tree would be hard to replicate, and Ezo is hard to find to begin with. Something to consider, however…the ‘main’ group in this forest (the left side) is about the same size as the ‘secondary’ group (the right…

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Ugly Wires & Skinny Arms

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I took my first crack at styling a bonsai tree yesterday. I chose to start with the white cedar (Thuja occidentalis) because it seemed to have better structure than the juniper, and the branches seemed like they’d be easier to work with.

Since I’ve never done this before, I went in with a “let’s see what happens” attitude. I read a few articles about techniques and approaches, and then just dove in. I started by cutting back the nursery bucket so that I could brush out the top of the soil and expose the roots.

I brushed off about an inch of soil and started to see a little bit of the root structure, but there weren’t a lot of larger roots visible at this point. So I decided to go ahead and start clearing out the branches. I ended up leaving two trunks, with the idea that…

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Collecting from the wild (actually, my nursery) 

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I have this tree that I’ve been growing out (well…..I have many trees, but this one is in the ground, it was a volunteer, maybe deposited by bird trying to poop on my head, a southern hackberry, a name I prefer to sugarberry, which sounds like some special technique practiced on a sugar daddy, ummmm…..anyway, it’s a celtis lævigata that has grown too big, much like this sentence) that needs to be collected.Like I said, big, and in the ground.I meant to dig it out about two years ago. I got sick though, and that’s all I have to say about that. But this isn’t about collecting it. Maybe soon, but I’ll need help with it. Today’s post is a quick one, easy peasy, with only a few big words and two or three diagrams and illustrations. What I’m after today are called “suckers”. No, really, suckers. I…

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