Some thoughts and options by Thomas L. Zane for your bonsai collection once you are no longer able to care for them: don't assume your relatives will know what to do with your trees, make specific request that if you should become ill a predetermined person should be called so that your trees do not suffer. Specify in your will what you want done with your trees.
what goes on when we water our trees and other potted plants...read more
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There are various methods of layering or causing roots to form on a trunk or branch while it is still attached to the parent plant. All methods involve injuring the inner bark providing a medium at the point of injury into which new roots may grow. READ MORE
Reprinted with permission from Stone Lantern Bonsai Today Issue 77, stonelantern.com
How to reduce Seagrape leaves to fit our image of bonsai.... Read More
A glossary of bonsai-related terms in Japanese with search terms for pronunciation and meanings.
The group setting, or forest, has an uneven number of trees, usually of the same style and species with variation in size. Here are some simple facts from two important Bonsai textbooks that can be helpful when making a forest planting. read more...
"One of the more important distinctions to make when evaluating bonsai is whether or not a tree is ready to be worked on. Weak trees need to regain strength and sick trees need to regain health before any major work is done. This goes for detail wiring, heavy bending or major cutback. Repotting is an exception as it may be necessary to repot a tree to help it regain its health. If you’re looking to do major work, making sure that the tree is growing vigorously will help it recover from the stresses of wiring or foliage reduction...." read more
An annoying and damaging pest affecting mainly Ficus Benjamin but there are many varieties of thrips that affect both landscape plants and crops. Our bonsai are affected by Cuban Laural Thrips: Gynaikothrips ficorum, and the Weeping Fig (Benjamina) Thrips: Gynaikothrips uzel. Unfortunately when trying to go "green" and use only environmentally friendly pesticides, thrips cause us to get out the toxic kinds such as Bayer's®. To avoid toxic chemicals, cut off the affected leaves to control the population and watch for further infestation. Another type of thrip that is a concern for us is the Chili Thrip: Scirtothrips dorsals which will affect, among others, Schefflera arboricola, Pyracantha angustifolia (firethorn), Acer (Maple), Podocarpus, and Tamarind. For an in-depth article on Weeping Fig Thrips Read More. For an article on Chili Thrips, Read More here
A formation of a dark jelly-like mass which spreads over the surface of your potted material or in the dark depths of your nursery stock is a most disconcerting mess. This is called slime mold and is actually a tiny, plant-like parasite which reproduces by forming mold spores... Read More
"Although it's nice to control pests organically, it isn't always possible...." Read More
The information was originally compiled by Carolyn Carver for her own use. It was presented as a seminar at the Bonsai Societies of Florida convention in West Palm Beach in May 1999. Mrs. Carver wants to remind all readers that all chemicals should only be applied in strict accordance with recommended rates and only on labeled pests and plants. (ed note: does not address organics) READ THIS and MORE ABOUT PEST CONTROL
How to take advantage of a bonsai that flowers throughout the year (in the south) Read More
"In the world of bonsai, there are few things more beautiful than an Azalea bonsai in full bloom. No other plant can boast a floral display to equal that of a healthy Azalea. There are, however, a few simple secrets that will allow just about anyone who is interested to grow a beautiful Azalea bonsai." Read More or go to Growing Azaleas in Florida.
There are several techniques, depending on the variety of tree, growing in the ground or large pots, sacrifice branches, tourniquet, splitting the trunk, scarring....Read More
Transpiration is the process by which moisture is carried through plants from roots to small pores on the underside of leaves, where it changes to vapor and is released to the atmosphere. Transpiration is essentially evaporation of water from plant leaves. Transpiration also includes a process called guttation, which is the loss of water in liquid form from the uninjured leaf or stem of the plant, principally through water stomata.... How much water to plants transpire? Atmospheric factors affecting transpiration.... read more Causes of Guttation
Different components but all involve moisture, air, nutrients.
Blended bonsai are created by binding five or more very young trees together to create one bonsai.... read more
There are 5 basic bonsai styles and varieties of each... read more
From two Japanese words meaning 'grass thing', this was originally intended to accompany bonsai trees but has developed into its own art form. When done properly it reflects the season of the display. ...read more
What better way to preserve the history of your tree, or better yet have a print on your wall. Your bonsai photos should be well organized on your computer so you can easily find them.
Japanese Black Pines can flourish in Florida just by following a schedule designed for our climate. The article was written by Bill Storke when he lived in South Florida as a member of the Lighthouse Bonsai Society. ...read more
Three articles by Art Cid describing his participation in Pedro Morales' Tropical Bonsai School over three years.
Moss is commonly used to top bonsai soil for exhibit purposes. But what is is??