Care For A Bonsai Tree

Bonsai trees are diminutive and exquisite examples of larger trees. To keep them small, they spend their lives in shallow containers. Just about any type of tree can be a bonsai. Bonsai trees require training to grow into the elegant plants we all know and love. Bonsai nurseries are great place to go to get…


How to Grow Bonsai

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Growing bonsai is more than growing miniature versions of mature trees. Bonsai is an art form, a composition of shape, color, and presentation. It’s all about starting with a tree with good bonsai potential and training it to achieve artful balance and form. The Art of Growing, Training and Displaying Bonsai Trees Bonsai can be…


Principles of Bonsai

Bonsai Balance and Composition In striving for a natural presentation of how a mature tree looks in nature, the art of growing a well-formed bonsai tree is best achieved by following traditional bonsai principles: White Serissa – Tree of a Thousand Stars The top of the bonsai, or apex, should look as if it has…


Growing your Serissa Bonsai

Serissa are a nice addition to any collection due to their ability to bloom on and off throughtout the year. There are many different varieties including "Snow Rose" Serissa, Japanese White Serissa, Japanese Pink Serissa, Variegated Serissa, and Chinese Serissa, to name a few. Serissa are subtropical plants that grow well indoors. With a few…


Growing your Ficus Bonsai

Ficus bonsai are ideally suited for indoor bonsai. There are many different varieties that are natural dwarfs. These varieties have very small leaves and slow growth habits. There are many varieties of ficus including narrow-leaf ficus, dwarf ficus, and weeping ficus. Ficus bonsai should be kept indoors all year round. With a few simple guidelines…


Growing your Brush Cherry Bonsai

Brush Cherries are ideally suited for bonsai. There are many different varieties that are natural dwarfs. These varieties have very small leaves and slow growth habits. Types of Brush Cherries include, Australian Dwarf Brush Cherry, Barbados Cherry, Weeping Barbados Cherry, and ‘Teenie Genie’ Brush Cherry, to name a few. In the proper conditions some Brush…


Growing your Boxwood Bonsai

Boxwoods are ideally suited for bonsai. There are many different varieties that are natural dwarfs. These varieties have very small oblong leaves and slow growth habits. There are many different varieties including Kingsville, Morris Midget, Dwarf English, Japanese, and Common Boxwood, to name just a few. Boxwoods are very hardy and when young may be…


Some Basics Bonsai Information #2

Some Basic Supplies Along with tools, there are some basic supplies that you will need to produce your bonsai. These include pottery, soil, and training wire. Pottery Bonsai pottery comes in many sizes and shapes. It is usually made of a clay material, although inexpensive plastic bonsai containers are available. Bonsai containers contain drainage holes…


Some Basics Bonsai Information #1

Definition of Bonsai Bonsai, pronounced bone-sigh, can be defined as the union between art and nature. The word bonsai can literally be defined by breaking the word into its two components, bon, meaning tray and sai, meaning tree. Bonsai, tree or shrub planted in a tray, is an art form that essentially has no end.…


Growing your Juniper Bonsai

Junipers are one of the most popular forms of bonsai. There are many different varieties including Japanese Garden Junipers, Green Mound, Sargent’s, Needle, Shimpaku, and Chinese Junipers, just to name a few. Junipers are also one of the easiest forms of bonsai to take care of. Juniper bonsai grow both indoors as well as outdoors,…


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