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Why the cape honeysuckle as bonsai?

Bonsai & Teacups

bonsaiteacups.ef.04242017.888881.003 “Genesis” Cape Honeysuckle bonsai specimen

The name cape honeysuckle came about because the native region for this shrub is in South Africa by the Cape of Good Hope. This is so misleading to me, as this is not a true honeysuckle. Real honeysuckles belong to the Caprifoliaceae family and are found in the Lonicera genus. The one thing I truly love about this specimen is, the trumpet-shaped flowers come in a blazing bright orange, that is sure to brighten up your tropical or bonsai garden. i’m found of this specie as a bonsai as it allows me to work on the as they are fast growing allowing me to work on my pruning and trimming skill and the tree is somewhat forgiving, and after the roots establish she is very tolerant to watering mistakes. this is why to me it’s a good starter tree. it’s also found easily at your…

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Caring for a Rosemary Bonsai

Bonsai & Teacups

Rosemary Bonsai needs just a little more special care.

Your garden is part of your own personality and this is why; it is important to have a good herb garden design. Most bonsai lovers prefer Rosemary Bonsai tree in their garden. It is evergreen, semi-woody, grows rapidly and can tolerate short period of drought. Rosemary also has medicinal properties and helps in preventing and treat cancer, liver diseases, and asthma. Its lavender blue flowers have sweet fragrance. Rosemary is pest resistant. All these and many more qualities make it an integral part of every herb garden design. The various cultivable varieties of Rosemary bonsai are Blue Lady, Blue Spires, Golden Rain, Miss Jessup and Severn Sea.  While planting it there are many things that one should remember.

Planting Location-Sun Or Shade

Place the Rosemary bonsai at a location which receives six to eight hours of sunlight. It grows well in…

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Carving Away Trunks

Bonsai Iterate

This Vicary Privet is happy and healthy, and while you may not be able to tell just how many, it has way too many trunks.


Not sure about the front yet, so here’s another angle.


It’s time to make some decisions, but HOW?! I took a good long look and tried not to move too fast — a common mistake for me. There were a couple that I knew I wanted to keep, and a couple that really obviously needed to come out because they didn’t have much growth or were interfering with the keepers.


This got things moving in the right direction, and after removing a couple I could get a better look. Now I could see that one was far too straight. Another was angled counter to the flow that was beginning to develop, and eventually it was clear that I needed to take it down to three.

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