art bonsai http://rgbonsai.com/ Wed, 09 Mar 2022 19:49:03 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://rgbonsai.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/11/profile.png art bonsai 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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‘Mama Bonsai’ blooms in flower landscaping https://rgbonsai.com/mama-bonsai-blooms-in-flower-landscaping/ Fri, 17 Dec 2021 08:00:00 +0000 https://rgbonsai.com/mama-bonsai-blooms-in-flower-landscaping/ Gardening ‘Mama Bonsai’ blooms in flower landscaping Friday, December 17, 2021 Prachi Shah trims his desert rose flower at his farm in Kongowea area of ​​Mombasa in this photo taken December 14, 2021. PHOTO | KÉVIN ODIT | NMG By PURITY WANJOHIMore from this author Summary Plants have been part of Ms. Shah’s life since […]]]>

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‘Mama Bonsai’ blooms in flower landscaping


Prachi Shah trims his desert rose flower at his farm in Kongowea area of ​​Mombasa in this photo taken December 14, 2021. PHOTO | KÉVIN ODIT | NMG

Summary

  • Plants have been part of Ms. Shah’s life since she started at university. As a hobby, she created bonsai mainly for her own pleasure.
  • Ornamental plants are one of nature’s most beautiful gifts, contributing enormously to making life a pleasure.

If Prachi Shah were to be a flower on a farm, she would be a grafted desert rose. Growing and growing slowly, it gains color and beauty and, when fully grown, a wonder of nature – magnificent with spectacularly colored trumpet flowers.

Why a desert rose, I ask. “Well, that would, inaccurately, describe my background as a landscaper working with ornamental plants,” says Ms Shah of her Mombasa-based flower farm, Prachi Creations.

Established in 2009, the business involves beautifying and furnishing various sites, homes and offices using ornamental plants and, on a smaller scale, selling beautiful potted plants, primarily grafted desert roses.

Plants have been part of Ms. Shah’s life since she started at university. As a hobby, she created bonsai mainly for her own pleasure.

“In 2008, I took part in an exhibition which became the springboard for my entrepreneurial journey. After the show, I started collecting a variety of native plants for Bonsai beauties and over time moved into landscaping,” she explains. “The art of bonsai taught me to be calm, persistent, patient with great attention to detail, qualities that helped me become a good entrepreneur.”

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Prachi Shah trims his desert rose flower at his farm in Kongowea area of ​​Mombasa in this photo taken December 14, 2021. PHOTO | KÉVIN ODIT | NMG

A very ‘khatarnaak’ (dangerous) woman who takes big risks and dabbles in all things adventurous and challenging, Ms. Shah began importing, selling and arranging ornamental plants from the international market. The response has been phenomenal, boosting her business immensely.

“I chose to work with ornamental plants because they are charming. Desert roses, for example, are highly valued due to their many color shades and variety. One look at them and people fall in love,” she says. “Furthermore, few people worked in landscaping using ornamental flowers.”

Ornamental plants are one of nature’s most beautiful gifts, contributing enormously to making life a pleasure. They are visual delights intentionally planted for aesthetic appeal. With beauty as a mainstay, ornamental plants are a perfect fit for our outdoor and indoor spaces.

They add character to dull corners, soften harsh interiors and flood our gardens with splashes or pops of color. In addition, they purify and scent the air and attract wildlife. There is nothing more practical and comforting than an ornamental plant.

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Grafted desert rose flowers at Prachi Shah’s farm in Kongowea area of ​​Mombasa in this photo taken December 14, 2021. PHOTO | KÉVIN ODIT | NMG

Eleven years later, Ms. Shah has established herself as both a bonsai artist and an ornamental landscaper. His farm contains a treasure trove of fascinating and living propagated bonsai including ficus, acacia, baobab as well as grafted and local grafted roses.

“The oldest plant I have is a 23-year-old baobab tree. As for the roses, I have a stock of more than 50 grafted desert roses. Colors vary from pink, yellow, black, purple, orange, red and more,” she says adding that she has other types of ornamental plants like Ixora plants that produce clusters of star-shaped flowers. which have a prolonged flowering power.

Ms. Shah imports her plants from India and Thailand, a very precarious process. You have to be very careful with the characteristics of the plants, especially how they behave during transit when importing. If a plant cannot survive without soil for a few days, importing it will be a fruitless endeavor.

It is with the same inspired dedication that she delivers and anchors the plants in the soils of her customers. Fortunately, most of them are familiar with the rose.

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Grafted desert rose flowers at Prachi Shah’s farm in Kongowea area of ​​Mombasa in this photo taken December 14, 2021. PHOTO | KÉVIN ODIT | NMG

“I have local and foreign clients who communicate through social media and word of mouth. Some come to look for plants to liven up their outdoor spaces, to embellish their interior decorations – bedrooms or living rooms – or to give an outdoor air to their balconies. But one thing they have in common is that they are all plant lovers.

Ms. Shah, also known as Mama Bonsai, beams with pride in her work. Every job is an opportunity to meet new people and grow as an individual and a landscaper. His achievements are a source of happiness and satisfaction.

The highlight of his 11-year career was when one of his bonsai trees was chosen as a gift for First Lady Margaret Kenyatta. An ongoing highlight is the fact that she is the only importer of grafted desert roses. But there is more.

“Recently I successfully undertook the restoration of a 35 year old Ficus and evergreen Terminalia Mantaly which were uprooted and left to hover between life and death. Both were brought back to life after 110 days In 180 days they stood upright covered in lush green leaves.

Because desert roses are great for landscaping, how do you get the most out of them? As the name suggests, a dry, warm environment is bliss for them. Therefore, place these eye-catching roses in full sun (preferably somewhere where their beauty and splendor will be recognized) in sandy, stony soil mixed with compost.

Water sparingly to avoid drowning them. If planted in a container, be sure to do so in a good soil mix and a container with good drainage to allow excess water to drain immediately.

In conclusion, I ask Mrs. Shah if flowers are like human beings. “Yes, they are. Both need and yearn for the same things: love and care.

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Bonsai Show returns to NC Research Campus | Local News https://rgbonsai.com/bonsai-show-returns-to-nc-research-campus-local-news/ Sun, 28 Nov 2021 08:00:00 +0000 https://rgbonsai.com/bonsai-show-returns-to-nc-research-campus-local-news/ In addition to the top-quality bonsai on display, those who want to get started in bonsai as well as experienced hobbyists can visit more than 50 tables of pre-bonsai planting material and bonsai supplies for sale at the show. Exceptional bonsai pots will also be sold. Bonsai is an ancient art form, originating in China […]]]>

In addition to the top-quality bonsai on display, those who want to get started in bonsai as well as experienced hobbyists can visit more than 50 tables of pre-bonsai planting material and bonsai supplies for sale at the show. Exceptional bonsai pots will also be sold.

Bonsai is an ancient art form, originating in China and later adopted by the Japanese. The word bonsai, in Japanese, means “tree in a pot”. The oldest trees in the United States were a gift from Japan during the country’s bicentennial (1976). A tree, still on display at the National Arboretum, dates from before Christopher Columbus discovered America and was a gift from the Japanese government to the United States on our 200th anniversary.






High: With the exception of tropical bonsai trees, such as fig trees, bonsai trees must be kept outdoors to live. Law: The Winter Silhouette Bonsai Show is coming to Kannapolis. A small bonsai exhibit is held in June in Kannapolis and an annual exhibit is held at the NC Arboretum in Asheville.


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Why would anyone choose bonsai as a hobby? It is a mixture of sculpture and gardening. Trees get better the more you work on them, so patience is a virtue. Bonsai trees are normal trees that are styled by wiring their branches to create the image of an old tree, and they are kept small by root pruning. These trees could grow in a yard to their full size if allowed.

Only tropical bonsai (like figs) can be kept indoors; most bonsai must be kept outdoors to survive. The art of bonsai is to make trees appear like old miniature trees. On display at the show: isolated trees as well as groups of trees that will remind you of past hikes in the forest.

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Man’s ‘Pride and Joy’ Bonsai Worth Thousands Stolen From His Garden https://rgbonsai.com/mans-pride-and-joy-bonsai-worth-thousands-stolen-from-his-garden/ Tue, 23 Nov 2021 08:00:00 +0000 https://rgbonsai.com/mans-pride-and-joy-bonsai-worth-thousands-stolen-from-his-garden/ Provided The grower, a 68-year-old man from Mount Albert, is “heartbroken” to have lost his plants. An Auckland man has lost ‘years of his heart and soul’ after more than 40 of his bonsai trees were stolen from his Mount Albert home. The man’s son, Nick Yu, appeals to the public to help find the […]]]>
The producer, a 68-year-old man from Mount Albert, is "sorry" have lost their plants.

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The grower, a 68-year-old man from Mount Albert, is “heartbroken” to have lost his plants.

An Auckland man has lost ‘years of his heart and soul’ after more than 40 of his bonsai trees were stolen from his Mount Albert home.

The man’s son, Nick Yu, appeals to the public to help find the miniature trees, which are worth thousands of dollars to buy, but worth even more to the dedicated and heartbroken grower.

In a public Facebook post, Yu, who lives in Melbourne, Australia, said 29 plants were stolen in the early hours of Sunday morning. The thieves returned the next day and took about 15 more.

Yu said his 68-year-old father had been “a keen student of the art of bonsai for over 30 years.”

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“He cared for these miniature trees on a daily basis as if they were his own children. Watching them grow inch by inch and slowly carve them over the years.

“He displayed them proudly around the house and invited friends and families to enjoy them.

“They were his pride and his joy, masterpieces that took him decades to grow. They had also brought him joy and [a] sense of accomplishment in these difficult times of covid lockdowns.

The owner's son says his father "nurtured these miniature trees every day as if they were her own children".

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The owner’s son recounts that his father “maintained these miniature trees daily as if they were his own children”.

Yu said his parents were not materialistic people.

“The house has been broken into several times, and they don’t think about it,” he said. “But these trees mean a lot to my father. I am absolutely heartbroken for their loss.

He said the thieves knew exactly what they were looking for and chose the most prized plants.

The Mount Albert man has been studying the art of bonsai for over 30 years.

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The Mount Albert man has been studying the art of bonsai for over 30 years.

It was “years of his heart and soul taken overnight because of someone’s senseless greed”.

“My dad is a person who lives half full – he always teaches me to look on the bright side. He said to me, ‘At least they didn’t take it all’ and showed me some beautiful plants that have remained.

Moira from the Auckland Bonsai Society said theft was a “real problem for all bonsai growers”. She did not want to give her last name for security reasons and advised other growers to make sure their plants were not visible from the street.

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Forty-six bonsai plants, along with pots and pumps, were stolen from a Christchurch garden center on Boxing Day.

“We feel so bad for him,” she said. “It will be his life’s work. He took care of them for 20, 30 years.

“I really hope someone is good enough to return them to good condition.”

New Zealand gardener Jo McCarroll, editor, said bonsai “regularly change hands for hundreds or even thousands of dollars”.

“”It’s terrible to think that someone just walked away with all those years of meticulous care.”

Police confirmed they had received a burglary report and were investigating.

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Step by step guide to growing bonsai https://rgbonsai.com/step-by-step-guide-to-growing-bonsai/ Sat, 13 Nov 2021 08:00:00 +0000 https://rgbonsai.com/step-by-step-guide-to-growing-bonsai/ A bonsai plant the the art of bonsai has been practiced for generations and is a highly symbolic religious activity, with its vital qualities of simplicity, harmony and balance reflected in many parts of Japanese culture and way of life. Bonsai art […]]]>







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the the art of bonsai has been practiced for generations and is a highly symbolic religious activity, with its vital qualities of simplicity, harmony and balance reflected in many parts of Japanese culture and way of life. Bonsai art has been cultivated for over 2000 years and is inspired by the Chinese art of Penjing, which was transferred to Japan from China, and later carved and influenced by the minimalist Buddhist culture.

So, for those of you who want to grow bonsai at home, here are the steps to grow them:












Step 1

Choose a tree species that suits your climate. Not all bonsai are the same. Many woody perennials and even tropical plants can be made into bonsai,

However, not all species will be suitable for your specific environment. It is essential to consider the climate in which the tree will be grown when choosing a species. Some trees, for example, perish in cold temperatures, while others need sub-freezing temperatures to enter a dormant state and prepare for spring.

One of those trees you can start with if you are new to bonsai growing. These hardy evergreens can be found throughout the Northern Hemisphere and even in the more temperate sections of the Southern Hemisphere.

Additionally, junipers are simple to grow; they respond well to pruning and other “training” efforts and, as evergreens, never shed their leaves. However, they are growing at a snail’s pace.

Pines, spruces and cedars of various types are also often grown as bonsai. Another option is deciduous (hardwood) trees.

2nd step

Decide if you want to grow your bonsai indoors or outdoors.

  • Indoor trees receive less moisture and sunlight, so choose only those that need it the least. Here are some of the trees that will be perfect if you want to grow a bonsai indoors, Hawaiian Umbrella, Serissa, Gardenia, Camellia, Kingsville Boxwood, Ficus.












  • Outdoor plants are those that may require a higher amount of humidity and sun. listed are some of these species of plants, juniper, cypress, cedar, maple, birch, beech, ginkgo, larch, elm.

Step 3

Select the size of your bonsai

Select a tree based on the size you can manage, as bonsai trees come in a wide variety of sizes. Depending on the species, mature trees can measure from 6 inches (15.2 cm) to 3 feet (0.9 m). If you choose to grow your bonsai from a seedling or cutting from another tree, it will start out much smaller. Larger plants require more water, soil and sun, so make sure you have everything you need before you buy.

Step 4

Select the pot

Bonsai is not a species of tree. However, its main appeal is that the trees are grown in pots which limit their growth. The most crucial consideration in determining which pot to use is that the container be large enough to allow adequate soil to cover the plant’s roots.












When you water your tree, the liquid from the soil is absorbed by the roots. You don’t want to put little soil in the pot so the tree roots can’t retain moisture. To prevent root rot, make sure your pot has one or more drainage holes in the bottom. You can also drill them yourself if you have a drill.

  • While your container should be large enough to support your tree, you’ll also want to keep your bonsai nice and tidy. Excessively huge pots could overshadow the tree, creating an odd or mismatched look. Buy a container large enough to accommodate the tree’s roots, but not much larger – the goal is for the pot to aesthetically complement the tree while being relatively unobtrusive visually.

  • Some people choose to start their bonsai trees in basic, functional pots and then transfer them to more sophisticated containers once they are fully grown. This is especially handy if your bonsai species is delicate, as it allows you to put off buying the “right” container until your tree is healthy and beautiful.

Step 5

Prune your tree to the shape you desire to ensure it grows the way you want it to.

Step 6

Learn about trees, their life cycle, and how much moisture and sun they want

Step 7

Uproot trees and clean their roots

Brush away clumps of dirt blocking your view as you clean out the roots. This method benefits from the use of root rakes, chopsticks, tweezers, and other similar equipment.












Step 8

pot the tree

Place the tree the right way up in your new pot. Finish filling the container with fine, well-drained soil or growing medium, making sure to cover the root system of the tree. You can add a final layer of moss or gravel if desired.






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The Secret Bonsai Philosophy https://rgbonsai.com/the-secret-bonsai-philosophy/ Mon, 06 Sep 2021 07:00:00 +0000 https://rgbonsai.com/the-secret-bonsai-philosophy/ In the 1383 nostyle game potted treesby Japanese poet Zaemi Motokiyo, a poor samurai offers to throw his last three bonsai trees on the fire to warm a traveling monk. That this small act struck contemporary audiences as profoundly noble testifies to the popularity of the art of bonsai cultivation – which Japan had adapted […]]]>

In the 1383 nostyle game potted treesby Japanese poet Zaemi Motokiyo, a poor samurai offers to throw his last three bonsai trees on the fire to warm a traveling monk. That this small act struck contemporary audiences as profoundly noble testifies to the popularity of the art of bonsai cultivation – which Japan had adapted from Chinese Zen Buddhists only 70 years ago – was beginning to gain in the country. .

Even then, bonsai were considered works of art. They were so valuable that people refused to part with them, even in times of financial crisis. Not only do bonsai trees serve as direct manifestations of the trends influencing Japanese aesthetics, but they also function as a means of putting into practice principles unique to Eastern thought. In other words, bonsai trees are as visually appealing as they are intellectually stimulating.

For reasons that will be explained in a moment, the term “bonsai” eventually spread beyond East Asia and entrenched itself in the vocabularies of Western societies. But while nearly every American is able to recognize a bonsai tree the moment we see one, few of us know the traditions and ideas that continue to inform how these iconic little plants are meant to be planted, grown, and cultivated. , potted and exposed.

More than carving trees

Simply put, bonsai is the art of manipulating the growth and appearance of small, young trees to make them look like older, larger trees. When Chinese Buddhists began teaching their traditions in Japanese monasteries, bonsai cultivation was a small but crucial component of a larger program: miniature gardening. Over time, Japanese students transformed this demanding practice into a discipline in its own right, one that emphasized perseverance and quiet contemplation.

Although species like junipers and pines are easier to work with due to their flexible nature, almost any type of plant can be made into bonsai as long as they receive the proper care. Growers work with saplings or plant their own seeds so they can closely monitor the growth of their trees. They analyze the unique characteristics of each bonsai, then choose to present it on a side that accentuates its strengths and hides its imperfections.

In order to give their bonsai trees a more aged look, growers carefully trim the foliage to bring out the shape of the hidden trunk below. Unnecessary or uninteresting branches are amputated, preferably with tools like a concave cutter to minimize scarring. Some may remove parts of the bark, bleaching the exposed sapwood with lime sulfur solutions. This gives the bonsai a weathered appearance, suggesting previous encounters with high winds and bright thunderstorms.

Wabi and sabi

While notions of what bonsai trees should look like vary from age to age, some preferences have remained relatively constant. In addition to having a deceptive appearance of maturity, a good bonsai should show no trace of human intervention; scar tissue must appear natural rather than man-made, while aluminum wires used to bend trunks or reposition branches must be removed or covered before the tree can be exposed.

Unlike Western art movements, symmetry should be avoided at all costs when growing a bonsai tree. Perfectly straight trunks should be bent or countered by cascading foliage in another direction. Branches with abnormally sharp angles should be cut or removed entirely. The most notable bonsai trees have always been asymmetrical in their design, but the arrangement of the branches still manages to impart an undeniable sense of harmony.

The rules that bonsai growers try to follow are not arbitrary but informed by the wisdom of two ancient worldviews. Chief among these influences were Zen Buddhism – a movement based on overcoming the meaninglessness inherent in existence through patience and self-control – and wabi-sabian elusive Japanese concept equally interested in accepting life’s many imperfections through silence, solitude and an unwavering appreciation of how the decaying hand of time affects the world around us.

Recall rather than represent

By growing a bonsai tree, you are essentially acting on ideas formulated by these intertwined branches of Eastern thought. Trees, unlike statues, are not inanimate organisms but living and breathing. A canvas may hold Rembrandt’s or Vermeer’s brushstrokes for hundreds of years, but bonsai trees are always on the move. They develop leaves in certain seasons and lose them in others. Their branches and roots keep twisting and turning, constantly undoing the work of its cultivator.

Saburo Kato, a bonsai master who formed one of the first international communities of growers in the 1980s, compared bonsai cultivation to raising children. This is basically a different way of saying that the art of bonsai is not about creating a flawless masterpiece. Rather, it is an endless and painstaking battle with the forces of nature. To win, practitioners must acquire the kind of perseverance and unconditional kindness normally reserved for devout monks.

Kyozo Murata, another bonsai master, perhaps put it best when he said that the purpose of bonsai trees is not necessarily to represent a thought but to remind us of a feeling: “Bonsai”, a- he said, “not only has a special plant’s natural beauty, but the appearance reminds people of something other than the plant itself. A person awakened to the essential mutability of life does not fear the decline physical or lonely; rather he accepts these facts with a quiet resignation and even finds in them a source of pleasure.

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This Shop Brings the Art of Japanese Bonsai to Vancouver https://rgbonsai.com/this-shop-brings-the-art-of-japanese-bonsai-to-vancouver/ Wed, 01 Sep 2021 07:00:00 +0000 https://rgbonsai.com/this-shop-brings-the-art-of-japanese-bonsai-to-vancouver/ Made in Vancouver is a collaboration between Vancity and Daily Hive. Together, we shine the spotlight on local businesses, organizations and individuals who are helping to create a healthy local economy. Best Coast Bonsai is a Vancouver-based bonsai shop specializing in Japanese style plant arrangements and bonsai. As part of our Made in Vancouver series […]]]>

Made in Vancouver is a collaboration between Vancity and Daily Hive. Together, we shine the spotlight on local businesses, organizations and individuals who are helping to create a healthy local economy.


Best Coast Bonsai is a Vancouver-based bonsai shop specializing in Japanese style plant arrangements and bonsai.

As part of our Made in Vancouver series highlighting local businesses, we spoke to Tom Uleckithe owner and artist behind Best Coast Bonsai about this beautiful plant art form.

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Operating out of East Van, Tom Ulecki creates high quality bonsai and kusamono master pieces based on techniques he learned while apprenticed in Osaka, Japan. The west coast of Canada is an ideal place for bonsai trees to grow and thrive. After returning to Vancouver, Tom launched Best Coast Bonsai. With bonsai and kusamono arrangements, the boutique offers consultation, styling and tree rental services.

“There are very few people who have been able to learn in Japan on the same scale as me. It was a rare learning opportunity, and I hope I can bring my knowledge of the art of bonsai to Vancouver The bonsai and kusamono developed by Best Coast Bonsai are of very high quality,” said Tom Ulecki in an interview with Daily Hive.

Kusamono plant arrangements are based on Japanese techniques. Each plant features a unique blend of Pacific Northwest flora like ferns, mosses and other varieties. these local, natural and reusable plant centerpieces have become a popular decor for weddings, events and instead bouquets of fresh flowers.

‘Kusamono actually gets more interesting over time. As they age, they develop more character and personality. It is durable because kusamono is reusable and it reflects the natural beauty that surrounds us. Bonsai allows us to get in touch with nature even in our urban environment.’

Tom has always had a passion for the environment, the arts and plants. He is also a visual artist under the pseudonym notanautomatom. Her strong background in painting has helped develop her dedication to the design aspects and fine detail of bonsai and plant arrangements.

“I hope my passion can transfer into my larger goal of trying to protect our natural environment. There are very few people who get into bonsai without caring about the environment and the challenges that society faces. is about to face.

Although this is a new venture that has faced many challenges due to the pandemic, the return of weddings and events creates a busy season ahead for Best Coast Bonsai.

“It’s rewarding to see the plants at the event and how unique they are. Seeing people experience the product and really enjoy it makes the hard work worth it. »

To learn more about Best Coast Bonsai, visit their website and Instagram

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How to care for bonsai – top tips for caring for compact plants https://rgbonsai.com/how-to-care-for-bonsai-top-tips-for-caring-for-compact-plants/ Tue, 13 Jul 2021 07:00:00 +0000 https://rgbonsai.com/how-to-care-for-bonsai-top-tips-for-caring-for-compact-plants/ While flowers may seem like an obvious choice for budding gardeners, bonsai trees can help add a sense of calm to your home. These plants have long been associated with the art of bonsai originating in China in 221 BC. The ancient art of growing bonsai is over a thousand years old. Although these beautiful […]]]>

While flowers may seem like an obvious choice for budding gardeners, bonsai trees can help add a sense of calm to your home. These plants have long been associated with the art of bonsai originating in China in 221 BC.

The ancient art of growing bonsai is over a thousand years old.

Although these beautiful trees are commonly associated with Japan, bonsai cultivation began in China, where they became associated with Zen Buddhism.

Shannen Godwin, spokesperson for JParker’s, said, “Bonsai is a living art form that results from the vision of replicating the natural growth and shape of trees, even on a much smaller scale.

“We have noticed that this technique has started to become more popular as people look to improve their skills and the appearance of their gardens.

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“It is important to learn that anyone can engage in this ancient practice and find comfort in it, because it is so much more than a variety of trees; it’s a way to bring many varieties to life.

Most Britons, when they think of bonsai, imagine a small potted tree kept in the corner of a living room.

But, some bonsai trees can and should be located outdoors. Here’s a guide to caring for these quiet plants.

How to choose your bonsai

There are many types of bonsai and not all types are the same.

Not all species will be adapted to the unpredictable UK climate.

In most cases it will be too cold to grow bonsai outside the UK.

Most Brits choose to grow bonsai indoors, these compact plants take up little space and can be grown in a container making them the perfect houseplant.

A popular bonsai species well suited to growing indoors is the Ficus, it is easy to grow for novice gardeners, so if you have recently started gardening this might be the perfect choice for you.

Other popular varieties include; Carmona Bonsai, Chinese Elm Bonsai, Crassula (Jade) Bonsai and Serissa Japonica (Snow Rose) Bonsai.

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How to take care of your bonsai

Instead, you should aim to discourage growth at the top of your bonsai, encouraging it to grow downwards.

Your tree should look full and mature on the lower branches and more spindly at the top.

A popular option is to choose a tree with an interesting trunk because the bonsai roots are visible.

The bonsai’s roots are as much a part of the plant’s display as its green foliage.

The branches of your tree will also require attention. They can be shaped in a pattern of choice or you can even shape the branches to grow from side to side.

This can be done by completely stripping the tree of its branches and then rubbing the buds from the side where growth is not desired.

How to water bonsai

These plants have very specific watering needs, to water your bonsai you should submerge the entire bonsai plant in a bucket of water whenever the topsoil seems completely dry. It’s usually about once a week.

Once you have completely submerged your tree in the bucket of water, wait until all air bubbles have risen to the top.

When this has happened, the bonsai has absorbed enough water and can be removed from the bucket.

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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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6 types of bonsai that are best for beginners https://rgbonsai.com/6-types-of-bonsai-that-are-best-for-beginners/ Fri, 14 May 2021 07:00:00 +0000 https://rgbonsai.com/6-types-of-bonsai-that-are-best-for-beginners/ istockphoto.com Bonsai, a horticultural art originating in ancient China, is still a popular hobby today. A common misconception is that bonsai is a type of tree. In fact, bonsai refers to the craft or art of growing, shaping and caring for tiny trees. Like their full-sized siblings, bonsai trees can survive for hundreds of years. […]]]>

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Bonsai, a horticultural art originating in ancient China, is still a popular hobby today. A common misconception is that bonsai is a type of tree. In fact, bonsai refers to the craft or art of growing, shaping and caring for tiny trees.

Like their full-sized siblings, bonsai trees can survive for hundreds of years. Some even outlived their keepers. A Japanese white pine from the collection of the National Bonsai & Penjing Museum in Washington DC, for example, has been in formation since 1625, making it almost 400 years old.

Those looking to try their hand at bonsai should know that it takes time and patience to master the craft. With practice, however, it is possible to turn unwieldy saplings into works of art. The first step in this long and rewarding process is to choose the right tree, the one suitable for beginners. Here are the top contenders.

1. ficus

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While most people associate bonsai trees with indoor displays, many varieties do better outdoors. This can make it difficult for those who live in colder climates to get into the hobby. Fortunately, some trees, for example the ficus, thrive in an indoor environment. The two varieties best suited to growing indoors are Ficus retusa and Ficus ginseng., both of which have visually interesting trunks. However, those living in USDA zones 10 and 11 can get away with growing most ficus species outdoors.

What makes ficuses so adaptable is their ability to respond positively to increasing restrictions. In bonsai, the selection of a small container is essential to limit the size of the plant. Because ficuses are happy in smaller containers, they are well suited for bonsai. They also forgive mistakes in watering and other types of care. Ficus plants, for example, are generally not afraid of the dry conditions of indoor environments. Just be sure to choose a sunny spot for your mini ficus.

2. Chinese Elm

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This slow growing plant is perfect for bonsai beginners as it can keep content almost anywhere. Chinese elm trees do just as well indoors as they do outdoors and can survive outdoors in USDA zones 4 through 9. Just be sure to choose a spot with plenty of morning sun that gets shady l ‘afternoon.

Another reason this tree is ideal for bonsai art is that it is easy to prune and its slow growth makes shaping simple. The trees are also not very susceptible to pest infestations, with the exception of spider mites. But these little insects are usually easily controlled with a few applications of neem oil.

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3. Juniper

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This needle-leaved tree is very attractive in miniature form. It is important to note, however, that junipers do not do well indoors. Instead, grow these trees outdoors in USDA Zones 4 through 9. Place them in a location where they can receive at least 4 hours of sunlight per day. Unlike other less hardy, bonsai-friendly trees, junipers can handle the cold.

As with other beginner-friendly bonsai trees, junipers are resistant to pests. However, spider mites and corn borers sometimes target them. Prevent infestations with regular pruning to keep the leaves from getting too messy. Juniper is also perfect for bonsai beginners as it tolerates over-pruning well. Although aggressive pruning can weaken them and cause browning, trees will eventually recover from pruning errors.

4. Cotoneaster

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These trees, small at first, lend themselves well to the art of bonsai. Native to three continents – Asia, Europe and Africa – cotoneasters feature glossy green leaves and small, apple-shaped fruits that appear after a bloom of small white flowers.

To grow cotoneasters, choose a spot with full sun, either indoors or outdoors. Provide frost protection for container plants, although cotoneasters planted in the ground should tolerate frost fairly well. Most varieties are cold hardy in zones 5 through 8, but hardiness varies by variety. Unlike more difficult bonsai species, these trees are drought tolerant as long as dry periods are short. Also, since the branches of cotoneasters are flexible, they support shaping well via wires.

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5. Portulacaria

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Portulacaria trees, also known as dwarf jade or baby jade, are excellent beginner bonsai species because they don’t need regular watering. If you have a habit of killing plants with your poor watering habits, this might be the right tree for you to try bonsai growing methods. Just be careful not to over the wateras these trees are susceptible to root rot.

When shaping portulacarians, avoid wires and stick to a neat size. Because they grow quickly, regular pruning is necessary to maintain an aesthetic shape. You can keep baby jades outside during the summer, but ideally they should be brought in when nighttime lows reach 40 degrees. In zones 10 and 11, it is possible to grow baby jade outdoors, but the succulent is also perfect for indoor environments.

6. Rosemary

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Make edible art by choosing a rosemary plant for your bonsai hobby. Even better, when you prune your rosemary bonsai, you’re not only helping to maintain the shape of the plant, but you’re also cleaning up the herbs for dinner. Frequent watering is necessary for rosemary plants to thrive, but they are also vulnerable to root rot, so be sure to keep the plants in a pot with ample drainage.

To maintain the plant’s miniature size, remove new shoots that appear after the first set of leaves. Cutting off at least 25% of the roots will help prevent the plant from overgrowing its pot. You can shape the branches with wiring as long as they are young and flexible enough.

Another advantage of choosing rosemary as a small “tree” is that you can quickly start it from seed. Grow this herb in containers and bring it in before the first frost.

Other herbs suitable for growing bonsai include:

  • Thyme
  • Lavender
  • Oregano
  • bay laurel
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