The pH Factor (Part II)

Originally posted on Taiga Bonzai:
Types of soil and their pH content In the article ‘Bonsai soils’ there is a more descriptive analysis on the different types, but in short there are 6 basic soils: Peat soils – are comprised of waterlogged partially-decomposed plant material including sphagnum moss, which is very high in organic matter and moisture with a pH starting approximately at 3.0 Sandy… Continue reading The pH Factor (Part II)

The pH factor (Part I)

Originally posted on Taiga Bonzai:
The first signs of demise Bonsai either given as a gift, individually purchased or one cultivated by other means, grafting, a cutting or from seed is usually lavished with care and attention to ensure its health and vitality. As the seasons progress new buds flowers and or fruit appear, enhancing the tree’s ruggedness and or beauty, a wonderful miniature specimen… Continue reading The pH factor (Part I)

Selecting material for bonsai part II

Originally posted on Taiga Bonzai:
Selecting material for bonsai part II Air layering – although not really a grafting method is a common practice in obtaining potential bonsai material that has some substantial growth, but again much depends on the species. The illustration below shows an old deciduous shrub, which may look as potential bonsai material, but has problems for example. Poor branch displacement and… Continue reading Selecting material for bonsai part II

The solo enthusiast versus the club member

Originally posted on Taiga Bonzai:
Filming a silver birch wood recently a passer by enquired why, as the trees were devoid of foliage and looked rather ugly. The reply given was that some of the footage would be used to support a discussion on a pending bonsai article. As the conversation developed, he remarked that he had always been interested in bonsai and would like… Continue reading The solo enthusiast versus the club member

Selecting the correct pot or container

Originally posted on Taiga Bonzai:
Before we commence with the discussion on pots or containers, perhaps the following perspective might be of assistance in the interests of saving money. Potential bonsai specimens purchased from a store, garden centre, nursery or indeed other sources will need training to suit a particular design. Sometimes, they are accompanied by a mundane ceramic pot, which is mass produced. Buying… Continue reading Selecting the correct pot or container

Different Perspectives

Originally posted on Taiga Bonzai:
Arguably the largest faction containing the most experts and critics – politics and cuisine aside are the arts, which include music, dance, fashion, literature, film, painting and of course bonsai horticulture. The experts or critics have a field-day reviewing the work produced passing comments such as, there is no composition, no balance, depth, movement and is unnatural for example. This… Continue reading Different Perspectives

Weeping Pussy Willow Care Guide

Originally posted on Sustainably:
Weeping Willow Bonsai is indigenous to China. A bonsai specimen, willow bonsai gets its name due its elegantly dangling branches from a top the bonsai tree, similar to that of a water fountain. Patience, care and love are the keys to success with pussy willow tree. It may not be an ideal bonsai for beginners, as it needs great care and… Continue reading Weeping Pussy Willow Care Guide