Bonsai soil http://rgbonsai.com/ Sun, 20 Feb 2022 01:30:25 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://rgbonsai.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/11/profile.png Bonsai soil http://rgbonsai.com/ 32 32 An Easy Guide to Ficus Ginseng, aka Bonsai https://rgbonsai.com/an-easy-guide-to-ficus-ginseng-aka-bonsai/ Tue, 25 Jan 2022 08:00:00 +0000 https://rgbonsai.com/an-easy-guide-to-ficus-ginseng-aka-bonsai/ Ginseng ficus trees are tiny trees steeped in history and make great additions to your houseplant collection. If you are interested in the ancient Japanese art of bonsai, this is the perfect starter plant. It requires minimal care compared to other bonsai trees, making it a great entry-level option. You can start learning the art […]]]>

Ginseng ficus trees are tiny trees steeped in history and make great additions to your houseplant collection. If you are interested in the ancient Japanese art of bonsai, this is the perfect starter plant. It requires minimal care compared to other bonsai trees, making it a great entry-level option. You can start learning the art of bonsai and creating your own Zen garden in no time.

What is a Ficus ginseng and where does it come from?

Ficus ginseng grows in all tropical regions of the world and is native to Southeast Asia. They have narrow, raised roots with a trunk that often resembles legs. The miniature tree has tiny leaves protruding from the crown of the plant, giving it an interesting look.

The art of bonsai uses techniques of growing and training small trees. With lots of practice, root pruning, crown pruning, and root containment, Bonsai artists can create small trees that actually look like their full-size versions.

Ginseng is a Chinese word meaning roots. Thus, the Ficus ginseng is named because of its unique roots and shape. Generally, if you were to purchase one, your plant will already be quite mature as popular bonsai will need tending before their thick trunks grow.

Ficus ginseng at a glance

botanical name: Ficus ginseng, Ficus retusa and Ficus microcarpa.

Other names: Ginseng Ficus, Bonsai, Ficus Bonsai.

Height and growth rate: Adult height is 31-61cm. Slow growth.

Light: Direct sun.

watering: Water when the soil dries out slightly.

Temperature: Indoor domestic temperatures.

Pet Toxicity: Toxic to pets.

Plant parent level: Beginner level.

How to take care of your Ficus ginseng

Light

Ficus ginseng is slow growing and really depends on a good amount of light to thrive. Placing the plant on a windowsill is a great option as long as it is filled with bright, indirect light. The best place will be in a window that receives morning light. Afternoon sunlight may be too harsh on the plant.

watering

Be sure to water your plant thoroughly, but only when the soil becomes slightly dry. You don’t want to overwater your plant so it drips because it can get fungal issues that way. It’s best to keep the soil a little moist during the summer and less water during the winter months, as most of these plants will go dormant during the cooler months. Make sure your plant’s roots are not lying in water. A great way to prevent this from happening is to place the tree on a tray filled with pebbles. This will also help regulate humidity.

Temperature

Ginseng ficuses do well at normal household temperatures. You want to avoid placing them in places where there are too many drafts because a rapid change in temperature is never good for the plants. Be sure to mist your plant occasionally to ensure it gets enough moisture. However, the waxy leaves of the plant will tolerate lower humidity if you don’t have the best conditions. In the summer, you can take your plant outside if the temperature is 15 degrees Celsius or higher. As long as you keep it in the sun and make sure the soil stays moist, you should be fine.

Maintenance

When it comes to bonsai, maintenance is really important. You will need to prune your plant to create the full bonsai look. If you want your trunk to thicken, avoid pruning for a year or two. This will cause new shoots to grow from the old wood. When you’re ready to prune the plant, most people say to prune two leaves after six to eight leaves have grown. Just make sure you’re using sharp tools that have been cleaned to ensure your plant doesn’t get a disease.

When it comes to repotting, you should always check the roots first. Also, with Ficus ginseng, you really don’t need to repot it every year because it is slow growing. If it’s time to repot your plant, you will need to cut the roots of the plant. Take only a little from the lower part of the roots. This will help it settle into its new pot that you’ve filled with bonsai soil.

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Common problems with a Ficus ginseng plant (and how to fix them):

Falling leaves: The ficus ginseng can lose its leaves for several reasons. It may be because they are overwatered or there is not enough moisture in the air. They may not be getting enough light or they may be in a draughty area. You really need to assess your personal situation as everyone’s homes are different. It may take a while, but you will find the perfect place to keep your bonsai.

Fungal problems: If you overwater your Ficus ginseng, you may end up with fungus. If you start to see white or black fungus or mold, there may be a more serious problem. Before you do anything, be sure to move your infected plant away from the rest of your collection so it doesn’t spread. You will then want to remove the tree from its pot. This is when you can check to see if root rot is the cause of the fungus. Anything that appears to be infected will need to be pruned. Then you will repot your tree in a clean pot with new bonsai soil. You can spray your plant with a fungicide to kill any remaining fungus.

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The Bonsai Supply launches two bonsai soil mixes for contemporary practitioners https://rgbonsai.com/the-bonsai-supply-launches-two-bonsai-soil-mixes-for-contemporary-practitioners/ Fri, 14 Jan 2022 18:16:25 +0000 https://rgbonsai.com/the-bonsai-supply-launches-two-bonsai-soil-mixes-for-contemporary-practitioners/ The company’s soil mixes are carefully mixed to create the best soil environment for bonsai trees to thrive. One of the most crucial aspects of growing bonsai trees is using the right soil mix. One cannot simply plant a bonsai in ordinary garden soil and expect it to flower. Bonsai soil requirements are specific and […]]]>

The company’s soil mixes are carefully mixed to create the best soil environment for bonsai trees to thrive.

One of the most crucial aspects of growing bonsai trees is using the right soil mix. One cannot simply plant a bonsai in ordinary garden soil and expect it to flower. Bonsai soil requirements are specific and often exacting. Florida-based retail store The Bonsai Supply is rising to the challenge with its soil mixes, making it easier for contemporary practitioners to find a suitable soil mix for their bonsai.

Bonsai Supply offers two soil mixes – Universal Soil Mix and Shohin Bonsai Soil Mix.

The Universal Soil Mix is ​​the best seller in the store. It is carefully blended by The Bonsai Supply’s in-house experts to provide the optimal bonsai growing environment. As the name suggests, Universal Soil Mix works well for a wide range of bonsai trees and is widely accepted by bonsai professionals across the country.

The store’s Shohin Bonsai Soil, on the other hand, is more specific. It is specially designed for Shohin bonsai or trees under eight inches tall. This is also carefully optimized for healthy bonsai growth, similar to the Universal Soil Mix.

The best bonsai soil mixes meet three important criteria: good drainage, good aeration and good water retention. Specifically, the soil should hold moisture without drowning the plant. Without these qualities, the bonsai will suffer root rot and eventually die.

Bonsai Supply’s soil mixes allow for daily watering without worrying about overwatering, even during the rainy season. Additionally, both use soil aggregates like pumice, lava, burnt clay, and pine bark, which are excellent for aeration, acidity, water drainage, and soil retention. absorption of nutrients. All aggregates are sustainably sourced in the USA and meticulously quality controlled.

Bonsai Supply’s Universal Bonsai Soil and Shohin Bonsai Soil are available for purchase on several major e-commerce marketplaces, including Amazon, Etsy, and eBay.

Find more information about Bonsai Supply’s soil mix and bonsai essentials here: https://thebonsaisupply.com.

About Bonsai Sourcing

The Bonsai Supply is a Florida-based retail store run by husband and wife duo Jerome and Mari Kellerhals. It was created in 2016 to address the severe lack of bonsai supplies in the region. Today, The Bonsai Supply offers a wide variety of high quality and affordable bonsai soil mixes, trees and accessories to customers around the world. It also offers educational workshops and several bonsai resources to help more people learn about the craft.

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Overwinter bonsai outdoors protected by soil and mulch https://rgbonsai.com/overwinter-bonsai-outdoors-protected-by-soil-and-mulch/ Thu, 13 Jan 2022 22:43:04 +0000 https://rgbonsai.com/overwinter-bonsai-outdoors-protected-by-soil-and-mulch/ Twenty-two years ago, I wandered into a wholesale commercial nursery looking for the right trees for a special project I was working on. Along with several other plants, I bought a small tree that will later become my bonsai. As I was wondering if I should buy it or not, a nursery worker passed by […]]]>

Twenty-two years ago, I wandered into a wholesale commercial nursery looking for the right trees for a special project I was working on.

Along with several other plants, I bought a small tree that will later become my bonsai. As I was wondering if I should buy it or not, a nursery worker passed by and told me he had seen it in the same place for the past seven years.

This little tree I brought home is a “Chamaecyparis obtusa”, commonly known as Hinoki Falsecypress, Japanese Cypress or simply Falsecypress

In their natural state, the species usually reach a height of 70 feet, but many dwarf varieties have been developed over the years. Mine is most likely one of those dwarf varieties.

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Root Awakening: Linden Plants Need Sunshine and Well-Drained Soil to Thrive, Home & Design News & Top Stories https://rgbonsai.com/root-awakening-linden-plants-need-sunshine-and-well-drained-soil-to-thrive-home-design-news-top-stories/ Fri, 12 Nov 2021 08:00:00 +0000 https://rgbonsai.com/root-awakening-linden-plants-need-sunshine-and-well-drained-soil-to-thrive-home-design-news-top-stories/ Linden plants need sun and well-drained soil to thrive I usually get lime seedlings after the Chinese New Year holiday season. However, making them continue to bloom and bear fruit is a chore. What are plants missing? Do I have to prune them after each fruiting? Also, what is the name of the big lime […]]]>

Linden plants need sun and well-drained soil to thrive

I usually get lime seedlings after the Chinese New Year holiday season. However, making them continue to bloom and bear fruit is a chore. What are plants missing? Do I have to prune them after each fruiting? Also, what is the name of the big lime factory? The leaves and fruits also continue to fall.

Lynne teo

Linden plants appear to be in poor health. Note that these plants grow best in direct sunlight for at least six hours a day. If the plants grow in a shady area, they tend to lose vigor and gradually decline.

The soil should be well drained because citrus fruits, in general, do not like wet feet. Check if the growing medium is still suitable for the plants. Over time, depending on the composition, some growing media break down and settle. This leads to a growth mixture which has compacted and may contain too much water.

You can take the plants out and carefully remove the outer layer of the spent growing medium, then repot them with a well-drained mixture containing more grainy material.

Fruit drop may be due to plant stress caused by too much or too little water as well as fruit fly infestation. It is usually not necessary to prune the plant after fruiting.

As for the identity of the large lime tree, it could be a cultivar of lime tree (Citrus × microcarpa). Identifying exactly can be tricky as there are so many cultivars out there and many look alike.


Soursop lacks nutrients

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My soursop tree is about three and a half years old. About six months ago the leaves turned yellowish green and the new branches stopped growing. But it has many flowers, although none have developed into fruit. I used to prune the plant regularly to use the leaves for making tea and new branches would sprout after a few weeks.

Lim Joo Joon

Soursop exhibits widespread yellowing, indicating that it may lack nitrogen. Have you fertilized the tree?

It is not clear from the photo how your plant is grown.

Check that it is not grown in compacted soil and poorly drained soil. Compacted soils can be corrected over time with mulch and top soil forks, but be careful not to damage the roots.

Waterlogged conditions can be difficult to correct if the plant is growing in low soil. In addition, soursop does not transplant well. In this case, you might want to start some new plants and grow them in a more suitable location.

If the plant is grown in a pot, its roots may have filled the container and the nutrients have been depleted. It can also easily experience water stress due to a small volume of soil. Consider moving the plant to a larger container or growing it in the ground.


Fukien’s tea tree is a popular candidate for bonsai

This plant grew in my flowerpot. I had pruned the branches that had grown, but it continues to grow. What type of plant is it and is it safe to keep?

Sarojani Rethnavelu


PHOTO: SAROJANI RETHNAVELU

The plant is commonly known as the Fukien tea tree. Its botanical name is Ehretia microphylla. Locally, this plant is widely used as a bonsai candidate where it is trained to become a miniature tree in artistic form.

You can find it spontaneously in your flower beds or flower pots, as its seeds are susceptible to being dispersed by birds that consume its small red fruits.

It grows best in direct sunlight, but can also tolerate filtered sunlight. Its leaves are said to be used in making tea and also have medicinal uses. Its red fruits are said to be edible.


Ming Aralia can be propagated by cuttings


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I received this plant about 1 1/2 years ago. It was then between 7cm and 10cm, but has now reached around 1m and looks like a Christmas tree. Can I cut the stalk to regrow it?

Meranda chia

The plant is one of the many cultivars of Polyscias fruticosa, commonly known as Ming Aralia. As the holiday season approaches, why not give it some support by propping it up with a bamboo pole and adorning it with lights and decorations?

If this plant has grown too tall, you can cut it down. The resulting cut stem can be portioned into lengths of 10 cm. These can be planted in smaller pots to take root and they will grow into new plants.

Aralia Ming can grow in both direct and filtered sunlight. It is also a resistant plant to grow in the vegetable garden.


Bitter gourd plant infected with disease


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I notice tiny yellow spots on the leaves of my bitter plant. Are these pests or do they indicate that the plant is lacking in nutrients? If so, what nutrients should I give it?

Rita Tong

The yellow spots could be a fungal disease caused by shady or rainy conditions.

Make sure your plant is grown in direct sunlight – lack of light can weaken the plants and become prone to disease. A dense, shaded canopy will allow pathogenic organisms to thrive and infect a weaker plant. Also give your plant enough air circulation to keep the leaves dry.

Rainy conditions can cause disease due to rain damage as well as predominant wet conditions with lack of sunlight. As such, it’s best to plan your crop growth during the drier part of the year to reduce the incidence of disease.

You can prune the leaves with yellow spots. It is not necessary to feed the nutrients to the plant.


Answers from Dr. Wilson Wong, NParks Certified Practicing Horticulturist, Park Manager and ISA Certified Arborist. He is the founder of Green Culture Singapore and Assistant Assistant Professor (Food Science and Technology) at the National University of Singapore.

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Caring for jade plants: water, light, soil https://rgbonsai.com/caring-for-jade-plants-water-light-soil/ Thu, 28 Oct 2021 07:00:00 +0000 https://rgbonsai.com/caring-for-jade-plants-water-light-soil/ Jade plants are a beginner’s favorite plant for bonsai enthusiasts and are considered lucky in feng shui. Jade plants are succulents, which makes them hardy and fairly easy to care for. Like their natural habitat, jade plants prefer bright direct light and warm temperatures. Visit Insider’s Home and Kitchen Reference Library for more stories. The […]]]>
  • Jade plants are a beginner’s favorite plant for bonsai enthusiasts and are considered lucky in feng shui.
  • Jade plants are succulents, which makes them hardy and fairly easy to care for.
  • Like their natural habitat, jade plants prefer bright direct light and warm temperatures.
  • Visit Insider’s Home and Kitchen Reference Library for more stories.

The loyal and hardy jade plant is one of the most popular succulent houseplants. Native to South Africa and Mozambique, this durable plant requires an infrequent watering schedule, and although they prefer direct light, they can tolerate low light conditions. Also known as the lucky plant, jade plants represent friendship and prosperity in Asian countries.

Erin Marino, Editorial Manager and Plant Expert at The Sill, shares her top care tips on the beloved jade plant so you can keep it as a lucky charm.

Identify a jade plant

A close up of a jade plant against a black background

The color of the leaves of a jade plant will change depending on the amount of sunlight it receives.

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With thick stems and plump, shiny, oval-shaped leaves, the charming jade plant has the appearance of a mini tree. There are dozens of varieties of jade plants, but most are easily identified by their dark green leaves which can sometimes have a reddish tinge.

“The word crassus in Latin means ‘thick.’ The name Crassula has been given to this group of succulents because they have thick leaves and stems that store water,” says Marino.

Jade plants also have bonsai abilities, which means they can take on a mini tree appearance and are the preferred beginner plant for bonsai enthusiasts. “A lot of bonsai beginners start with a jade plant because they are so hardy and can easily take on a bonsai shape when pruned correctly,” says Marino.

The water

A hand using a yellow watering can to water a small jade plant

Water only when the soil is dry.

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As with all succulents, overwatering can be fatal and the jade plant is no exception. Marino recommends watering your jade plant only when the soil is completely dry. To check this, stick your finger into the soil – if the soil sticks to your finger, don’t water; if there is no earth, it is time for a drink.

“If you’re worried about overwatering, wait until the leaves of your jade plant crumple before watering again,” says Marino. “It is a sign of thirst in fleshy and succulent plants.”

Ground

Traditional potting mix will not work with jade plants or other succulents. These plants need rocky or grainy soil that will allow good drainage and prevent root rot. Choosing a terracotta pot for your jade plant will also retain some moisture so you can maintain the infrequent watering schedule that he prefers.

“Go for a sandy, well-drained soil for potting your plant, like a succulent mix,” says Marino.

Light and temperature

A jade plant with bright red leaf tips growing outdoors in a terracotta pot

Jade plants grown in full sun will have leaves with vibrant red tips.

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Because jade plants come from a hot, dry environment, it is best to replicate these conditions indoors as closely as possible for your jade plant to thrive. If your plant gets enough sun, its leaves can reward you with beautiful red edges.

“Keep the temperatures around 75 degrees Fahrenheit and place them in a location where they receive bright direct light,” says Marino. “If your space doesn’t get much natural light, place your jade plant under a grow light instead.”

If you live in a cooler area, Marino recommends bringing your jade plant indoors before temperatures drop below 45 degrees Fahrenheit.

Spread

There are two ways to propagate a jade plant: leaf cutting and stem cutting. To propagate by leaf cuttings, be sure to pick the healthiest leaf from a mature branch and gently remove it.

Make sure to remove the stem of the leaf with it, this is where the new roots and young leaves will grow, ”says Marino. “Leave the leaf in a dry place until the bottom is crusted over, then place it on the new repotting. ground and lightly mist it every week. ”

A new baby jade will eventually grow from where the leaf was removed from the mother plant. Marino also suggests speeding up the propagation process by dipping this end in rooting hormone powder once covered with scabs and before placing it on the ground.

To propagate by stem cutting, Marino says to use pruning shears to take a healthy stem cutting – a piece of the plant’s stem or branch – a few inches long and let it sit in a dry place until what the bottom crusts are covering, then repeat the same steps as the leaf cutting process.

Common problems

Like most houseplants, the jade plant can suffer from excess water and is also susceptible to common pests such as mealybugs and spider mites. To overcome this, Marino recommends a simple solution using household items.

“Treat visible bugs with a cotton swab or cotton swab dipped in alcohol,” says Marino. “Make sure you have every nook and cranny where these pests like to hide, and check your plant weekly for signs of reinfestation.”

Insider’s takeaway

With enough direct light, warmth, the right potting mix, and an infrequent watering schedule, your jade plant can grow and thrive with the same strength and beauty as the trees it looks like.

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Find out when and where to use which soil in the garden https://rgbonsai.com/find-out-when-and-where-to-use-which-soil-in-the-garden/ Wed, 22 Sep 2021 07:00:00 +0000 https://rgbonsai.com/find-out-when-and-where-to-use-which-soil-in-the-garden/ When it comes to gardening and growing, “having your feet on the ground” isn’t just a compliment – it’s a necessity. We all know that healthy gardens start with healthy soil, but different plants have different requirements too. Do you know which bag of soil to choose from the wide range available in your garden […]]]>

When it comes to gardening and growing, “having your feet on the ground” isn’t just a compliment – it’s a necessity. We all know that healthy gardens start with healthy soil, but different plants have different requirements too.

Do you know which bag of soil to choose from the wide range available in your garden center? Don’t worry, we’ve got some simple tips to help you get the most from your soil the next time you’re investing time and money in your garden.

If you are planting a seed, use a professional germination mix.

This lightly mixed potting mix is ​​carefully formulated for optimal seed germination. Fill your trays with this delicate mixture, sow your seeds and watch them grow.

If you are planting seedlings, use seedling mixture.

Transplant the seedlings from the germination mix directly into the seedling mix for hollow trays, planters or planters. This will ensure that you grow healthy, resilient transplants with strong root systems.

If you are planting lawn, use compost.

Dig compost in your existing garden to enrich the soil before laying an instant lawn or sowing your choice of grass seeds.

If you are feeding an existing lawn, use lawn covering.

This is usually done in the spring. Scarify your lawn and apply a coat of organic lawn spray to transform your dull grass into a lush meadow of greenery.

If you are adjusting the dirt levels, use topsoil.

Good quality topsoil is best for filling in holes in your lawn or adding height to flower beds. It can also be used in large raised beds, mixed with compost, to create better growing conditions.

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If you are planting in a container, use a professional Potting mix.

It is the “right” soil in the gardening world. It is suitable for most plants so fill your pots and plant straight away. The potting mix added fertilizer and the right amount of raw material to maintain the ideal balance of water retention / drainage and retain enough water to keep your plants healthy.

If you are planting new plants in the garden, use compost or mix of landscapers.

Use either compost mixed with existing garden soil or a landscaping mix – a ready-made topsoil / compost mixture. Both contain organic matter and add beneficial microbes, micronutrients, and macronutrients to your soil.

If you are planting acid-loving plants like fynbos, azaleas, camellias, and hydrangeas, use acidic compost.

Before planting acid-loving plants, be sure to mix some acidic compost into your garden soil. Also use this combination for potted plants that like acid. For seasonal feeding, simply mix some acidic compost into the top layer of soil around the plants and water well.

If you are planting vegetables, use compost.

Vegetables need large amounts of nutrient-rich soil to produce healthy foods. Mix a generous amount of compost in your vegetable garden each year. Consider adding some kraal manure and vermicompost to produce an award-winning crop.

If you are repotting your beloved orchid, use mix of orchids.

This is usually done every one to two years after flowering. Remove the plant, discard the old mixture and cut off the dead roots. Then, replant directly into an orchid mix, which contains organic fertilizer to nourish the annual bloom, as well as charcoal to maintain a moist but healthy root environment.

If you are planting succulents, use succulent mix.

Succulents need a well-drained medium to thrive. Plant your aloes, crassulas and other succulents directly in this mixture for best results. Remember to provide plenty of sun and not to overwater.

If you are planting herbs, use mixture of herbs.

Whether you are planting herbs in pots, containers or boxes, this is your first choice. Plant the seedlings directly into filled containers. The additional fertilizer in the herb mix will allow your herbs to thrive for at least three months before you need to supplement with liquid fertilizer.

If you are planting bonsai trees, use bonsai mix.

Due to the lack of space and nutrients, bonsai trees need to be repotted fairly regularly. Do this before the growing season and use a bonsai mix to replenish your tree with essential nutrients, while ensuring sufficient drainage. After three months, start liquid fertilizing or top up with a slow release fertilizer.

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Fallow land: benefits of fallow land https://rgbonsai.com/fallow-land-benefits-of-fallow-land/ Fri, 30 Jul 2021 07:00:00 +0000 https://rgbonsai.com/fallow-land-benefits-of-fallow-land/ Fallow Fallow is land that has not been cultivated for a long time. It is basically a land that is left to rest and regenerate itself. In different parts of India, North Africa, Mediterranean regions and many other places, land fallowing has been a method of sustainable land management practiced by farmers for centuries. Many […]]]>
Fallow

Fallow is land that has not been cultivated for a long time. It is basically a land that is left to rest and regenerate itself.

In different parts of India, North Africa, Mediterranean regions and many other places, land fallowing has been a method of sustainable land management practiced by farmers for centuries. Many agricultural producers in the southwestern United States and Canada have also started to fallow land.

Earlier in the history of fallow, farmers adopted the rotation of draft fields. In the two-field rotation, they divide the field into two halves, one half is used for planting the crops and the other half is left fallow. But now the farmers have started planting the crops on fallow land while letting the other half rest or fallow.

As agriculture developed, the size of cultivated fields increased and brand new equipment, tools and chemicals were made available to farmers.

So many agricultural producers have abandoned the system of fallowing the land. This can be a controversial topic in a few circles because a field that is not planted will not yield any profit.

Nonetheless, new studies are highlighting the benefits of fallowing gardens and fields.

Does fallow benefit

Yes, it benefits gardens and cultivated fields. Allowing the soil to have a special rest period gives time to restore nutrients that can be extracted from certain plants or from regular irrigation. This saves money on fertilizers and irrigation.

From deep within the soil, fallow soil induces potassium and phosphorus to the soil surface so that it can be used later. It has many other benefits like it increases the level of nitrogen, carbon and organic matter, improves moisture holding capacity, and grows profitable microorganisms in the soil.

Studies have shown that a field that has not been cultivated for a year will produce a higher crop yield during his plantation. Furthermore, IThis can be done in a large cash crop field and in small home gardens as well.

If space and time are not available, it is not necessary to keep the area unplanted for 1 to 5 years. Rather in one area, they can alternate spring and fall crops.

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How to get started with the best bonsai trees for beginners https://rgbonsai.com/how-to-get-started-with-the-best-bonsai-trees-for-beginners/ Wed, 02 Jun 2021 07:00:00 +0000 https://rgbonsai.com/how-to-get-started-with-the-best-bonsai-trees-for-beginners/ Photo: TONG2519 (Shutterstock) When you hear the phrase “a bonsai” you are probably thinking of these tiny, ornate trees that people often keep as a kind of desktop ornament. But In fact, Bonsai is not a type of tree at all – the “B” wordonsai” refers to art form and horticultural method of growing miniature […]]]>

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When you hear the phrase “a bonsai” you are probably thinking of these tiny, ornate trees that people often keep as a kind of desktop ornament. But In fact, Bonsai is not a type of tree at all – the “B” wordonsai” refers to art form and horticultural method of growing miniature landscapes. The art of bonsai native China and evolved when Japan Shrunk the technique focus on miniature trees rather than whole trees gardens.

bonsai cultivation has become a trend which spread to the United States in the years following World War II and is now practiced in homes around the world. Cultivation method requires clarification carve and carve plant care to keep delicate trees alive and maintain their small structure. For novice growers, this process involves bit of a learning curve, but mental health benefits maybe deep. Here are three types of plants that help beginners master the art of bonsai.

What are the benefits of Bonsai gardening?

Bonsai trees are also known as the “tree of life”. They say take care of them reduce stresspromote concentration, and help relieve the symptoms of depression. Less concretely, some believe miniature trees lend a magical properties of the house and their care can bestow prosperity and good luck. It’s a surprisingly deep hobby that you can learn with low initial investment—just a plant and a pair of cubs the shears will get you started. (Of course, as with any other steptime, you can also pay a parcel silver in art.)

How to care for different types of bonsai

Magical thinking aside, tThe plants themselves require no unusually heavy care. Depending on the variety, ththey need very little light, which, coupled with their small size means you put them almost anywhere in your home. With proper attention, unique trees thrive as houseplants.

With all plants, some are more complicated than others. Because bonsai is an art form, different styles of plants require specific care. As a beginner, most of all you want the plant to live while you learn the ropes.

How to keep a ficus bonsai alive

The ficus bonsai is an upright style of tree with flat glossy green leaves. Although bonsai trees can survive in low light conditions, this should be placed near a bright area in your house where he can get at least a few moments of sunshine. Ficus are usually ttropical plants that are accustomed to a humid climate, but these resistant specimens only needs watering once a week, and enjoy from time to time light mist. Most bonsai require similar soil types including lava stone, pumice stone or organic soil. These soils provide good drainage and good moisture retention. Bonsai soil can be purchased at most garden stores and will cost anywhere between $9 and $15 or a bag (depending on type.)

Pruning requires cutting off old leaves after new growth has reached 7 to 10 cm. You will be want to cut the oldest, yellow leaves before they drop to make way for new growth and keep the plant’s miniature size and shape intact. A ficus will usually run you $20 for $60according to the seller and the initial Cut. Ficus are fairly self-sufficient and will remain quite small (varies with their pot size)making them perfect for the beginner still developing their bonsai skills.

How to Grow a Chinese Elm Bonsai

Chinese elm Bonsai has a unique shape, with a twisted trunk that grows straight and produces small dark green leaves. these slow-grow plants give the beginner planter plenty of time to try out his technique. Chinese elm trees like direct sunlight in the spring, but the summer sun is overwhelming, so kkeep them in a bright place area of ​​your home, but remember to shade them during the summer months. Watering is quite simple-tThey don’t require a lot of moisture, so overwatering could lead to root rot. the to place Bonsai Gardener advise: “Check it every few days, [and] water when the top inch of soil feels dry to the touch.

Size is only necessary during the spring months, promote germination during the growing season and help the tree keep its small shape. The Chinese elm needs little wiring (the name of process used to shape bonsai trees); prunning alone will keep their shape. Since these trees are popular for their uniqueness look, they can be a bit more expensive, ranging from $35 to $100+. For less than $100, bbeginners can buy one starter kit with everything from pruning shears to fertilizer to start their travel.

How to take care for a jade bonsai

One of the easiest Bonsai to maintain is the variety of jade. Because jade trees are succulents, they require very little attention, but have an unusual and attractive look and feel. They grow upright and their small, fleshy green leaves grow along the stem. They can be treated as a succulent, requiring very little water but an excellent evacuation system. Water them around every 10 at 20 days. Unlike other varieties of bonsai, yYou will want to place them in a dry, warm location with plenty of sun to mimic the desert conditions in which they thrive.

Trimming a jade plant is fun because you can’t really go wrong. You can cut it down to its stems without killing it. Cut keeps the plant small, promotes new growth and thickens its trunk. Jade plants adapt easily to wiring, allowing you to shape the small plants in any direction, making their one of the most durable Bonsai for beginners.

Jade plants are not the cheapest variety of bonsai, but they are mmore affordable than Chinese elms. A jade Bonsai will cost you anywhere from $45 for $80depending on the size. You can practice pruning as you like, and if you forget to water them, it’s OK—they can easily be revived with a little the water.

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FACE TO FACE: “The Soil Guru” on mission and people are adhering to his message https://rgbonsai.com/face-to-face-the-soil-guru-on-mission-and-people-are-adhering-to-his-message/ Tue, 01 Jun 2021 07:00:00 +0000 https://rgbonsai.com/face-to-face-the-soil-guru-on-mission-and-people-are-adhering-to-his-message/ By FÉLICITÉ DARVILLE The cannabis industry is starting to take shape in the Bahamas with the impending Medicinal Cannabis Bill 2021 set to be tabled in Parliament. As the issues are settled and cries are raised for fairness to the common man and groups like the Rastafari movement, some are taking the bull by the […]]]>

By FÉLICITÉ DARVILLE

The cannabis industry is starting to take shape in the Bahamas with the impending Medicinal Cannabis Bill 2021 set to be tabled in Parliament.

As the issues are settled and cries are raised for fairness to the common man and groups like the Rastafari movement, some are taking the bull by the horns and preparing to claim their right in the industry. One of these visionaries is Valin Bodie.

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Valin is said to be the youngest soil scientist in the cannabis industry in the United States – and the only black. The 26-year-old Bahamian owns and operates Environmental Soil Solutions (ESS), a flooring company with a 6,000 square foot warehouse in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and a second warehouse under construction in Oklahoma City. There he works from his research and development tent, monitoring all progress and preparing and mixing the soil.

Valin sources pure organic resources to create its soil mixes. He uses his extensive knowledge of these organic components, gained through his hands-on experience in leading growth companies, to create transformative products. His soil was so successful in growing cannabis and other plants that it was dubbed ‘the soil guru’, and the name stuck as it created a movement towards environmental sustainability around the brand.

There was a buzz surrounding the Soil Guru booth at last week’s CannaCon – one of the biggest cannabis conferences in the hemisphere. It was held at the Oklahoma City Convention Center and is considered a must-see for anyone working in the cannabis business or considering entering it.

CannaCon was an interactive gathering of industry professionals, entrepreneurs and experts discussing the latest industry developments. There, Valin was interviewed by local media who saw that there was something special about this passionate entrepreneur operating from his core value, which is to leave Earth better than when he was there.

He takes this value, in conjunction with his scientific knowledge and desire for sustainability to create a sustainable flooring company that is making strides in the industry.

As a soil scientist, Valin carefully studied the Bahamian soil he grew up on, taking into account that it is limestone and very unique, and created a special blend. This blend will allow cannabis planted in the Bahamas to be successful, which is critical to the sustainability of the brewing industry in the country.

“I can help the Bahamas become a more sustainable nation by contributing to the quality of the soils and only the overall quality of the land,” said Valin.

“It encompasses many facets such as prohibiting land degradation and increasing land conservation through the mirror of sustainability and soil management. “

As he introduced his business to hundreds of partners and potential clients just days ago, he was supported by his mother, Mia Campbell, and publicist, Lia Head-Rigby. He is the CEO of ESS and his wife, Keisha, is the CEO. With their daughter Iva Rayne, they prove that families can come together and work together in the agricultural industry and strive for self-sufficiency.

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“Food security is something people realize now that you are what you eat,” he said.

“So if you can save your body in the long run and your pockets in the short term, I think it’s an overall sustainable lifestyle.”

After her event in Oklahoma ends, Valin now plans to tour California and Florida to promote her special soil mixes.

According to CannaCon, Oklahoma has become the “far west of legalized cannabis markets,” overtaking the rest of the United States in terms of medical license holders and licensed cannabis businesses. In 2020, the Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Association reported that its patient count represented nearly 10% of the state’s total population.

“CannaCon has been a huge success in conveying the knowledge I have gained to the industry through the contacts made – whether exhibitors or attendees,” said Valin.

“I have made many contacts with big companies like Grow Generation and celebrities like Jim Belushi! I look forward to the exponential growth that my business will experience in the months to come.

For Mia and Lia, Valin’s success is exciting as they have seen him grow from a little boy playing the streets of Johnson Road, to becoming a football star in his country, to becoming a pioneer in the cannabis industry before. his birth in the Bahamas.

“You don’t have to bring all these foreigners into the industry in the Bahamas when you have Bahamians who are already valuable to the cannabis industry,” Lia pointed out, noting that she knows personally of. other Bahamians making strides in cannabis across the United States.

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When Valin attended St Augustine’s College at Fox Hill, he knew he wanted to pursue an education that would enable him to make a valuable contribution to planet Earth. He believes soil is one of the most important things on Earth, after water and oxygen. After graduating, he attended Essex County College in Newark, New Jersey. He then transferred to Oral Roberts University where he obtained a Bachelor of Science degree with a concentration in Global Environmental Sustainability. There he met his college sweetheart who became his wife, and together he and Keisha set out on their mission to make an impact on the cannabis industry.

They think and research together, and they put the recipes down on paper. Next, Valin starts mixing the recipe by hand, then sends it to the labs for testing. It then tinkers with the soil as needed to achieve the required level of nutrients desired. He is currently excited about a new trend – the cultivation of bonsai cannabis.

“I am one hundred percent behind the legalization of cannabis because I have used cannabis as a way to overcome one of the worst concussions you can have,” he explained.

“I think there needs to be more education on cannabis to alleviate the societal stigma of it as a plant. The government must ensure that it addresses the loopholes in the laws it is about to pass and that this is done in a way that is sustainable for the country in the long term. I think it’s great to create much-needed income for the country and to have an export that we can benefit from. “

Valin calls himself “a handyman of the earth, a visionary of resources, a curious soul and a man of intention”. He shares his keys to success with young people when he is invited to speak in his alma mater and in other institutions.

As he climbs to greater success, he is always aware of the trials he will face: “God has to increase my capacity for blessings before increasing my blessings, so I am good with the struggle even if it becomes difficult. “

Long before entrepreneurial success, Valin, a fellow from Lyford Cay, used to win. He’s an athlete whose soccer success earned him publicity along the way. He played for the Bahamian national soccer team and the Cavalier Football Club. He played under Hugo Pierre at Essex County College where he led the team to the Region 19 playoffs, and went on to play for Oral Roberts University. He also played for the Bahamas National Beach Soccer Team in 2017.

His national pride extends to his flooring business and he aims to make a valuable contribution to the industry here. Customer service and product knowledge helped him grow his business.

“They work hand in hand,” he explained.

“If you know your product, believe it and stand up for it, you will help producers understand it better, which in turn will allow you to sell your product. Knowledge transfer fuels the funnel.

Valin’s report on Face to Face comes weeks after we captured the story of Dr. Robert Taylor, a veteran soil scientist in the United States and a Bahamian son of the soil. Dr Taylor pointed out that the limestone-filled soil of the Bahamas could become very viable with the right organic components.

Valin is proving it now and is expected to make a major announcement in the coming weeks.

Contact Valin by e-mail at: lia@mediamavensgroup.com

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America’s youngest bonsai master flourishes in native soil https://rgbonsai.com/americas-youngest-bonsai-master-flourishes-in-native-soil/ Thu, 01 Apr 2021 07:00:00 +0000 https://rgbonsai.com/americas-youngest-bonsai-master-flourishes-in-native-soil/ Bjorn Bjorholm, 34, zooms in from his home near Nashville, Tenn. It’s February, a deep winter, and her skin looks pale surrounded by bare white walls. Outside, an unusual cold snap has closed the town and its Eisei-en bonsai nursery sits under a thick blanket of snow. “Dreary” would be the best word, ”he says […]]]>

Bjorn Bjorholm, 34, zooms in from his home near Nashville, Tenn. It’s February, a deep winter, and her skin looks pale surrounded by bare white walls. Outside, an unusual cold snap has closed the town and its Eisei-en bonsai nursery sits under a thick blanket of snow. “Dreary” would be the best word, ”he says to describe the space. “Which is always the case in winter.”

Bjorholm, from Knoxville, Tenn., Explains the name of his dormant business: “Evergreen garden,” roughly translated from Japanese; the one that is always in bloom. “But it also has some deeper meanings,” he continues. “Forever young”, or having an open mind, ready to learn. “And that can also translate to ‘always green’, like always making money,” he laughs. “My wife made it up.”

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Called the “Brad Pitt of bonsai,” the six-foot-six Bjorholm is a house of mirrors when juxtaposed with his chosen contraption. With the muscular construction of a tight end, in good weather he towers over miniature trees which he bends, tears and cuts. He was even more visible during his nine years in Kyoto, Japan after college, most of which was spent in the routine of learning bonsai seven days a week from sunrise to sunset. He was an anomaly, “a novelty,” he says of his apprenticeship under the guidance of elder Keiichi Fujikawa. Despite the master’s initial reluctance to hire an apprentice, let alone a foreigner, Bjorholm came to be treated like a son as well as some sort of local celebrity. Customers in their forties, depositing their trees at the nursery for annual maintenance, would seek his hand rather than that of the owner. “I like to think it was because I was good,” he said, “but I think it was because they wanted to brag to their friends that a Westerner had styled their tree.”

But as infatuated as he was with Japanese culture, which led him to make the decision to emigrate, the great American quickly left his tourist mentality behind and became one with the land itself. (After all, after a decade very few people still feel like a foreigner.) One of his greatest lessons: patience, a virtue he believes most North Americans don’t understand. “Say, for example, that you remove a large branch from a tree,” he says. “You want that wound to heal in four, five, six years, so in 20 years it’s imperceptible on the trunk of the tree. You must therefore know the right technique and apply it now to be able to achieve this result in 20 years. These are all things that I think about much more deeply from my learning in Japan. “

Contrary to the understanding of many in America, bonsai is not a species of tree but a style of cultivation, in which specific trees, selected by the merits of their curvature, the size of their leaves and their adaptability. , are established in small pots and trained to grow. in certain curves and planes. In a field, they can grow to 40 feet or more, but with precise pruning, dressage wires, and shallow dishes, they live their hundreds of years in miniature. Another detail that goes against popular belief: while bonsai training can be gradual, for young trees it is often violent, with pruned branches and sheared taproots. Any action plan, fast or slow, is obtained by a spirit of decision turned towards the future. Cuts are made to focus the blossoming. “It totally changed my perspective on work, on life, on thinking about the future, on culture, on everything,” says Bjorholm.

In Japan, bonsai, like sumo and sushi, is a subculture in itself that far exceeds the surface knowledge of the United States. with pages in glossy magazines and portraits sewn onto handkerchiefs. “There are 50 to 60 trees in Japan that everyone knows. And of those 50 or 60 trees, there are probably four or five that will forever be considered the best bonsai in the history of the world, ”he says. “So, yeah, seeing these in person was crazy.”

Bjorholm looks like an American when he talks about the awe he felt walking through these exhibition halls with his head and shoulders higher than the native population and speechless from his poor Japanese and the effects of ‘be struck by the stars. But his actions were anything but stereotypical American during the long hours of a six-year apprenticeship, which could include repotting hundreds of trees and then walking through town to help Fujikawa-sensei’s parents pull vegetables from them. their garden. Under the guidance of his teacher, he grew up, and after graduating from the program, he remained working in the same nursery while traveling within the country. He and his wife, a Chinese national he met during a study abroad program in his last year, considered staying in Japan, but immigration restrictions meant they would have to still a decade before they can start their own nursery. In the long run, it was a bad future, and so Bjorholm made a decision, returning to the United States in 2017 and relocating to Nashville, where he believed he would find the most fertile ground to develop his own business.

Bonsai has been in the United States for decades, although it is largely a japonophile hobby. Bonsai techniques were passed on from first generation Japanese immigrants to other Americans, who then passed them on to young people like Bjorholm. In this generational transfer, Asian trees had become orthodoxy. “It was the Japanese species,” he recalls. “It has never been so cool working with native stuff until I come back from Japan and realize how good the base material is here.”

While he had experimented with American flora as a high school student – after all, it’s cheaper to dig up a tree in a field than to buy a seedling from a garden center – red cedars and Virginia pines didn’t hold the mystery of a Japanese Maple. But after nearly a decade in Japan, with mystery replaced by practicality, Bjornholm began to soberly appraise New World wood, and what he found was promising.

“When [the Japanese] see our native material here, they are very jealous, ”he says, explaining that in Japan, the overexploitation of wild trees from the 70s adapted to bonsai, or yamadori, led to the scarcity of wild nature, and since then the collection has been prohibited. At the same time, a growing and affluent Chinese market buys heritage trees, a second deforestation. “All that is bonsai in Japan is all they have,” he said, “so there are fewer and fewer good trees in Japan. Here there is an almost endless supply.

Bjorholm has not only become a pioneer and advocate for North American species adapted to bonsai, but he is also a leading educator in the United States. Thanks to his YouTube channel, which he films and edits himself, he has already amassed over 150,000 subscribers, which is no small feat for what many consider a niche hobby. For subscribers, part of the attraction is its natural magnetism; minimalist and refined sets; and clear instructions. But a lot can also be attributed to the influx of bonsai researchers in 2020, during which any socially remote activity that state governments have not restricted, from houseplants to bicycles, has seen unprecedented demand. .

“Right now in the United States, bonsai is booming,” he says. “Plus, the ability to work with native material and do unique and interesting things that have never been done before has all happened before us.”

The late winter season, which he calls “the calm before the storm,” offers a brief respite. Its workshop and cold frame are filled with trees stacked on all surfaces to protect them from single-digit temperatures, which are extreme even for hardy trees, and the outdoor benches they are typically displayed on are buried under six inches of height. ice and snow.

But spring is coming.

With temperatures forecast to reach the 60s in the coming week, Bjorholm can already see into the future. Over the next few days, this snow-covered space will melt on the bare wood shelves, and it will slowly move the trees towards the sun. In March, the bare brown and gray branches will swell with green buds before the reds of the freshly foliated deciduous trees, the chartreuse feathers of the juniper branches and the pale blossoms of the cherry trees will dot the space. Customers will drive, lay down their overwintered trees for annual maintenance, prune new growth, and rewire branches and trunks. And at the end of April, his wife will give birth to their first child, a daughter.

We talk a little more about the North American wild species that he collects to learn about a new culture. The agents he works with in Colorado scour the backcountry looking for the right trees to carefully remove and return to Eisei-en and a new home in the south.

“These plants, in their natural environment, survive. That’s why they all look twisted and gnarled, ”says Bjorholm, owner of the evergreen garden. “Our goal is to make them prosper.

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