Air Layer Followup

Originally posted on Bonsai Iterate:
I was clearing photos from my phone and realized I had never posted a followup to the Chinese holly air layer I started in the spring. I removed it way back in the beginning of September, so while my post is ?very delayed, I can add that the Layer is doing well and has even shown signs of new growth… Continue reading Air Layer Followup

Creating a Template for Building a Bonsai Pot

Originally posted on Bonsai Iterate:
In my last post, I shared that I recently started working with a group of bonsai society members who want to learn to make their own bonsai pots. In that post, All Secrets Revealed, I shared a video of the actual construction of a bonsai pot, and while I include every part of the clay construction, one thing I omitted was… Continue reading Creating a Template for Building a Bonsai Pot

Leaf Removal on a Collected Beech

Originally posted on Bonsai Iterate:
It could be argued that maybe a bonsai enthusiast should stay away from a species named for its large leaves. Ok. That’s fair. The North American beech is just that – Fagus grandifolia – pretty much translated as “the large leaf beech.” I will concede right from the start that I should look into getting a European beech, but at… Continue reading Leaf Removal on a Collected Beech

Winter Protection 3 Ways

Originally posted on Bonsai Iterate:
For a hot second I considered calling this post “A Winter 3-Way” but I’d hate for a poor choice in title to keep this post from getting through someone’s filter. Of course, putting it in the first paragraph is probably no better. Oh well. It’s the last week in November in Northern Virginia (in most places, truth be told). While… Continue reading Winter Protection 3 Ways

Now I Know Why Pots are So Expensive.

Originally posted on Bonsai Iterate:
Maybe not a perfect quote, but that was the gist of a comment during a recent ceramics workshop with some bonsai society members, “Now I know why pots are so expensive!” Some of the content below is modified from a write up on that meeting that will be shared with the membership. I am going to take a risk and… Continue reading Now I Know Why Pots are So Expensive.