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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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This banker has 550 trees on his terrace! https://rgbonsai.com/this-banker-has-550-trees-on-his-terrace/ Thu, 23 Dec 2021 08:00:00 +0000 https://rgbonsai.com/this-banker-has-550-trees-on-his-terrace/ MAngat Singh Thakur, an 80-year-old retired banker from Rohini, Delhi, was in his 40s when bonsai was first introduced to India in the late 1970s. This, he notes, was thanks to the efforts of Nikunj and Jyoti Parekh, who founded the Bonsai Study Group of the Indo-Japanese Association. A few years later, he says, Dr. […]]]>

MAngat Singh Thakur, an 80-year-old retired banker from Rohini, Delhi, was in his 40s when bonsai was first introduced to India in the late 1970s.

This, he notes, was thanks to the efforts of Nikunj and Jyoti Parekh, who founded the Bonsai Study Group of the Indo-Japanese Association. A few years later, he says, Dr. Leila Dhanda popularized the art form in the capital by founding the Indian Bonsai Association. “And I was lucky enough to come across a group of women who worked for her, in a vegetable garden that I frequented,” he says.

“I didn’t even know what a bonsai was at the time, and oddly enough, they didn’t really have a clue either. However, they walked me through the basics and I attended my first workshop at the (ITC) Maurya Sheraton soon after. I come from very humble beginnings and was hesitant to even enter the hotel premises. But as I learned more about how to grow bonsai at home, I only became more interested in the art,” he adds.

Despite his inclinations, Mangat’s work and family responsibilities kept him busy until 2001. Then, as a retired man, he was finally able to devote most of his days to perfecting a green thumb and cultivates currently up to 550 bonsai trees on its roof. terrace in Rohini.

“About 35 years ago, I potted my first bonsai, a banyan tree. I still have it today. In the early years, I spent hours meditating on books on bonsai techniques. But of the dozens of books available in my neighborhood libraries, only a few were written in Hindi. I decided that if I ever had the chance, I would write one myself. And now I am, ”says Mangat The best India.

Since 2019, he has also been sharing detailed video tutorials on growing and caring for the exotic plant on Bonsai Factory, his YouTube channel with nearly 9,000 subscribers.

“For the past few years, my main focus has been to bring bonsai techniques to the common man across the country. If we introduce it to marginalized farmers in rural and remote areas, they can make good use of their existing land and resources to establish a highly profitable model. With my videos, [I hope] they can at least discover that they have the possibility to do it and find out how to start,” he adds.

Although Mangat has finished writing his book, he says the accompanying photographs and illustrations are not yet complete, adding that he is planning a release in April next year.

“More a work of art than hard work”

“The best thing about growing bonsai is that you don’t need any special seeds to start with. You can use any plant that has the ability to grow into a tree,” he notes. Here, ‘bon’ means ‘plateau’ and ‘sai’ means ‘tree’, so it is not a separate species, but rather a miniature form of a larger tree. Yet, I find it really fascinating that the fruit of bonsai is the same size as a tree.

“People often make growing bonsai a time-consuming and expensive affair. But it’s more of a work of art than hard work. If you spend time understanding the basics of feeding a bonsai tree, you can make one easily and ensure that it will survive for decades,” he says.

Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, Mangat has also started taking online courses to raise awareness of bonsai cultivation techniques. He says the sessions are priced at Rs 5,000 per participant for a 15-day batch, and they focus only on theoretical concepts for the first 10.

“Even a doctor spends two-thirds of his life buried in books. I don’t claim to be able to make anyone master the subject in two weeks, but enough is learned to pursue it with consideration. I have taught over 150 people so far, from high school students to managers, pilots and engineers. I am proud to do this work at 80 years old,” he shares.

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How to make bonsai soil:

Mangat points out that the first thing to keep in mind when growing bonsai trees is that their maximum height is only three feet. “They are grown in a confined space and in limited soil, so their roots don’t spread like large trees and require more nutrition through the soil,” he says.

“There are a lot of things to consider when preparing the soil. It should be light, but rich in nutrients at the same time,” says Mangat. “For this you can combine 15% nursery soil, 10% manure, 3% neem cake fertilizer, 4-5% chalk, 10% pit sand (badarpur), 5% brick chunks, 5% raw charcoal chunks, 2% ash-based fertilizer, 10% coir dust, 10% bone meal and 15% dry leaves. You can also add a few pieces of rotten wood to spice up the mix.

After mixing these ingredients well, Mangat says, you have to pass the mixture through three types of sieves with different sizes of holes. “After straining the potting mix through the first sieve, any large stones or twigs that remain should be kept separately in a plastic container. This is the first type of soil,” he adds.

After filtering the remaining soil, pass it through the second sieve. Remove the soil that remains in this sieve and store it in another container – this is the second type of soil.

Now the soil you get after sieving through the second sieve should be sieved through the third sieve. Soil that does not filter through the third sieve is the third type of soil. After filtering, the remaining fine soil is the fourth type of soil.

Soils should not be stored in polythene, but rather collected in separate utensils or containers and dried in the sun. “We need thick clay for bonsai. If we keep its floor in polyethylene, then moisture gets in and the floor begins to break. One should also avoid mixing any type of chemicals into the bonsai soil, as this will shorten its lifespan,” Mangat explains.

Before planting bonsai in a pot, you must first put the “thick soil” – the first type of soil. After that, the second type of soil should be added, then the third, and the layers should be pressed tightly with your hands. Do not completely fill the jar.

Now place the bonsai there. Add more soil and press it down using any wood. Now place the bonsai in a tub or bucket filled with water. After leaving it in water for three to four hours, place the bonsai in a shady spot.

Other bonsai care tips:

  • Mangat says that watering bonsai trees is also a work of art. You cannot add as much water to it as other trees. Keep in mind that you are giving water in such a way that it does not stay in the pot at all. Bonsai roots are small, and if there is stagnation of water in the pot, the roots start to get damaged, he notes.
  • Avoid giving any type of chemical fertilizer; it is recommended to use only organic manure in bonsai.
  • Don’t apply too much fertilizer at one time. You can apply small amounts of manure at weekly intervals per month, three to four times. It makes bonsai healthier.
  • The wires are used to make bonsai. Therefore, you should also keep checking if a wire periodically damages the bonsai. If you feel the wire is cutting the bonsai, you can remove the wire and restructure it again.
  • Bonsai need to be pruned and “repotted” regularly, says Mangat.
  • After you start repotting, you don’t need to fertilize the bonsai for about a month, he adds. Then you can give the plant liquid manure, only in the evening. In addition to the roots, the bonsai leaves should also be sprayed.

For more information, you can follow Bonsai Factory.

You can read this story in Hindi here.

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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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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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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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DIY pine cone bonsai https://rgbonsai.com/diy-pine-cone-bonsai/ Tue, 12 Jan 2021 08:00:00 +0000 https://rgbonsai.com/diy-pine-cone-bonsai/ Japanese pine bonsai – pxfuel Pattison of Geneva During the colder months, the desire to leave the warm comfort of the interior becomes less inviting. For gardeners, this can be a pretty slow time, where you find yourself cleaning up more leaves rather than growing exciting new plants. One way to combat this seasonal lull […]]]>

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During the colder months, the desire to leave the warm comfort of the interior becomes less inviting. For gardeners, this can be a pretty slow time, where you find yourself cleaning up more leaves rather than growing exciting new plants. One way to combat this seasonal lull is to bring your garden indoors. This doesn’t mean that all of a sudden you find yourself tripping over containers full of zinnias and forcing the potted magnolia to bloom inside. There is another less stressful and less expensive option: a homemade bonsai.

Bonsai trees are native to Japan and are grown in containers, with an average height of 6 to 8 inches and rarely exceed 10 inches. They are grown to mimic the natural shape and appearance of regular trees, bringing peace and quiet contemplation of nature to the grower’s mind as they cultivate it over time. Bonsai trees are grown like any other tree, from a seed or spring, cutting and growing one from seed to fruiting is considered an art form.

A simple and inexpensive way to try growing your own bonsai is to use a pinecone that you may have picked up on your travels. This could be a really enjoyable project for all ages, and hopefully you’ll have a beautifully interesting new houseplant by the end of the trip. To start, find a pinecone that is mostly still closed. A splayed or found pine cone that has already fallen to the ground means you missed your chance and the seeds have probably fallen.

Pick a pine cone from a tree that hasn’t opened yet and make sure it’s on the wider side. The larger the cone, the better the seed quality. Make sure your pine cones are fungus and pest free. Once you have your desired pine cones, set them aside on a fireplace or windowsill to dry and crack them open slightly. You may notice the seeds begin to fall off as they dry, this is normal. If you prefer to plant the pine seeds without using the pine cone itself in the design, now is the time to set the seeds aside for that. When planting using the pinecone as a design anchor, do not submerge the entire pinecone in the ground. The seeds still remaining in the cone must come out of the woody structure, planting the entire cone under the ground will smother them. Tap your cone several times to loosen the remaining seeds from their protective structure and plant the bottom or horizontal side of the cone loosely into your prepared soil. Water sparingly over the following weeks and when watering your seeds, water around the cone, do not water directly on the pinecone as this may encourage it to rot or develop mould. If all goes according to plan, between 1 and 4 weeks, you should have a newly started bonsai.

If you have chosen to plant the seeds separately from the cone, here are some tips to help you succeed. Keep your harvested seeds dry in a cool, dry place until you are ready to plant them. When you feel ready to plant them, soak the seeds in warm water for 24 hours to prepare them for germination. This will also help separate viable seeds from non-viable seeds, good seeds will sink and poor quality seeds will float. When you’ve separated the good from the bad, wrap them in a damp paper towel or foam in a zip-top bag and put them in the fridge. Keep them in the fridge for a week or two. When that’s done, take your seeds out of the fridge and sprinkle them on a prepared potting soil, covering them lightly with a layer of potting soil. If you want to incorporate the “design look” of the pinecone into your separately planted seeds, place any open, healthy pinecone in your pot without disturbing your seeds. As mentioned above, water sparingly and avoid getting water directly on the pine cone, to avoid mold or fungus.

When successful, these trees make beautiful ornamental pieces, they are a living work of art that you have made yourself. If you’re planning now for next year or have the perfect pine cone at home, this project would make a delightful gift to give to others and is sure to fill a home with peace and quiet over Christmas time.

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Jaya’s bonsai: A botanist and her bonsai garden | Kochi News https://rgbonsai.com/jayas-bonsai-a-botanist-and-her-bonsai-garden-kochi-news/ Wed, 26 Jun 2019 07:00:00 +0000 https://rgbonsai.com/jayas-bonsai-a-botanist-and-her-bonsai-garden-kochi-news/ Don’t throw away that little Banyan tree you find under your water tank or on a cracked wall, it could make a good bonsai,” advises Jaya P Nair, a bonsai enthusiast and secretary of the Kerala Bonsai Association. One is inclined to heed the advice because Raj Bhavan’s controller, Thiruvananthapuram, who is due to retire […]]]>
Don’t throw away that little Banyan tree you find under your water tank or on a cracked wall, it could make a good bonsai,” advises Jaya P Nair, a bonsai enthusiast and secretary of the Kerala Bonsai Association. One is inclined to heed the advice because Raj Bhavan’s controller, Thiruvananthapuram, who is due to retire at the end of this month, practices what she preaches.
Jaya is currently busy moving her 200 bonsai trees from Raj Bhavan’s comptroller’s quarters to her home in Maruthankuzhy, and even though the renovation is ongoing, she is making sure her bonsai trees get all the comforts they need. And why not, she has been growing them for 25 years.
These days, after work, she rushes into her Bonsai garden and takes each pot and places them with great care on specially designed iron supports on her balcony. “I don’t want their surroundings disturbed too much as I only recently moved them from the space they have adapted for 25 years. One of the plants died because of it,” she says. Jaya’s bonsai collection largely includes Indian varieties of Ficus species as they are easier to grow in the tropical climate of Kerala. “They adapt easily because they need less water and sun to grow.”

Jaya’s love for bonsai first blossomed when she attended an exhibition in Kanakakunnu in the late 90s. seduced by Bonsai and its greenery. I was also inspired by my friends, who are bonsai lovers and that’s how I started collecting my own plants. It’s hard at first, but you learn to be patient, just to see the plants grow,” says Jaya, who also owns foreign plants such as Beggars Bowl, Baobab, Candle Tree and the ornamental Pony Tail Palm.
While she says Bonsai gardening can be expensive, she explains, “We could get a Bonsai from `500. One is enough if you like the plant. You can prune its small branches and create one yourself in a pot. One can even grow the parasitic plants found in cracked walls or on tall trees as a Bonsai plant. In this way, we also promote green living. I would like to give away the stems for free to those who would like to make their own bonsai.
Bonsai cultivation could also be a new way to enhance greenery in urban buildings, she says.
“We now have space constraints in the apartments. Thus, growing even two bonsai on the balcony is enough to start a green life.
On the process of growing a Bonsai plant, she says, “Feeding a Bonsai plant is similar to growing life-size plants. It can take years to see the plant turn into a good bonsai as it follows its natural life cycle. The taproots are initially cut and we feed the surface roots of the tree species resulting in a miniature version of the plant.

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A Bonsai plant should always be grown in one of three triangular shapes – acute, obtuse and scalene, she says. “Add mud, sand and manure in equal proportions. For manure, neem cake or dilute cow dung can be used which would help them grow fast and healthy. More importantly, keep in mind that Bonsai is not a houseplant.
Jaya, whose plan is to spread bonsai cultivation in the state, is excited about her life after retirement. “I want to focus more on my Bonsai gardening and for the next six months I will be busy with them. I can guarantee that if you can grow a Bonsai plant, you will become patient, develop perseverance and achieve peace of mind. mind. I had been through a lot of professional and personal stress and what helped me keep my mind clear through it all was my bonsai trees. Highly recommend this to the younger generation, especially boys, because it will help them to become tolerant, responsible and control their hot temper which is often seen in most men these days.
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This Kumta Tree Maker Has Hundreds of Bonsai Beauties – The New Indian Express https://rgbonsai.com/this-kumta-tree-maker-has-hundreds-of-bonsai-beauties-the-new-indian-express/ Sun, 21 Apr 2019 07:00:00 +0000 https://rgbonsai.com/this-kumta-tree-maker-has-hundreds-of-bonsai-beauties-the-new-indian-express/ Express press service KUMTA: He’s not looking at the trees, he’s looking down. A retired forestry officer, who had mastered the art of “bonsai” cultivation techniques, experimented and educated people about environmental protection. Caring for small trees takes skill and patience. The growers treat the trees with love and care. Pot-grown mini wonders represent a […]]]>

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KUMTA: He’s not looking at the trees, he’s looking down. A retired forestry officer, who had mastered the art of “bonsai” cultivation techniques, experimented and educated people about environmental protection.

Caring for small trees takes skill and patience. The growers treat the trees with love and care. Pot-grown mini wonders represent a philosophy, of nature itself. Bonsai is the art of growing miniature trees in pots, where the plants take on the shape and scale of a full-sized tree. This art was developed by the Japanese. People, especially those who face a lack of space in their homes and cannot grow large trees like the banyan tree, have opted for bonsai trees which can be grown in small pots on their patios, outdoors. inside or outside their homes, or even on the stairs. These bonsai trees can be kept alive for over a hundred years. There are those that are over 1,000 years old in the world.

Lakshminarayana R Hegde, 62, the rangeland forest officer, retired from the forest service about four years ago. Before that, he had planned to spend his retirement life setting up a small bonsai garden in his home. And since then, he began to soak up information about growing bonsai in order to fulfill his dream.

After his retirement, he settled in his village of Kallabbe, located about 11 km from the town of Kumta, Uttara Kannada. Next to his house, on a small plot, he developed a bonsai garden named “Kubjavruksha Kalaniketana”. The garden has 36 types of more than 220 bonsai trees.

Hegde says many people dream of having their own garden or a plantation of tall trees near their house. Due to a space problem, they are forced to give up. “Therefore, I decided to use my knowledge of tree conservation that I acquired during my service as a forest officer and educate people on how to grow bonsai at home. Keeping green in and around the house is also good for people and nature,” he says.

He also leads workshops in schools and colleges on the different techniques. ), apart from the cultivation of medicinal and commercial plants. He suggests people grow bonsai according to their zodiac sign as it is widely believed that it will give them good health.

In his garden, the miniature trees have formal and informal shapes, vertical, inclined, etc. Some trees look like groves and others cascade. He gave his trees the shape of a heart, an animal, a human, Lord Ganesha, etc. Most of them are banyan trees. After collecting trees from various places, such as old buildings or forest areas, he cuts the roots and branches to shape them. Over a period of time, the bonsai grows in shape and attracts people. There is a huge market for these trees.
He believes bonsai cultivation is not just a science, it’s an art. “We have to provide water, fertilizer and follow the scientific growth of the trees. At the same time, you can shape trees, so it’s an art,” he says.

MAKING PANS
Hegde does not buy the necessary pots for growing bonsai. He makes his own pots using household items like a bucket, containers, and sometimes cement. He says he hardly invests in any hardware. Its pots vary in shapes like round, square, triangle, hexagon, a boat, etc. He says he must spend a lot of money if he had to buy such different shaped pots and carry them home.

BECOMING ORGANIC
Kallabbe is surrounded by forests in the Western Ghats. This is why Hegde collects the dry leaves and prepares organic fertilizers. He did not use any chemical fertilizers for the bonsai. He advocates organic fertilizers because they give lasting strength to any plant. He spends about 4 hours a day to make and maintain his garden.

HIS COLLECTION
Some bonsai garden trees Calotropis procera, Ficus religiosa, Achyranthes aspera, Ficus racemosa, Butea monosperma, Acacia catechu, Cynodon dactylon, Prosopis cenneraria, Imperata cylindrica

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How to train your bonsai https://rgbonsai.com/how-to-train-your-bonsai/ Fri, 29 Mar 2019 07:00:00 +0000 https://rgbonsai.com/how-to-train-your-bonsai/ Bonsai master Hal Sasaki. Photo by Theo Stroomer House Growing a bonsai tree isn’t as difficult as you think, says this Denver bonsai master. By Joe Lindsey March 29, 2019 Harold Sasaki wants to dispel some myths about bonsai: that they are difficult to grow, for example. “Most often a bonsai tree dies from lack […]]]>
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Growing a bonsai tree isn’t as difficult as you think, says this Denver bonsai master.


Harold Sasaki wants to dispel some myths about bonsai: that they are difficult to grow, for example. “Most often a bonsai tree dies from lack of light,” he says. “So maybe you just put it in the wrong place.” Sasaki, who is 82 and goes by Hal, hears many such failure stories; he has several, especially since he started his teenage years in Hawaii. One of Denver’s most prominent bonsai masters, he has co-taught beginner’s bonsai classes ($105) at the Denver Botanical Garden for over 40 years, and also teaches and sells trees through his own business. , Colorado Bonsai ($150, one class smaller). His main goal: to make bonsai accessible, not intimidating.

Bonsai (say: bone-sai) is the ancient Japanese art of growing tiny trees in pots; the term bonsai literally means planted in a container. Contrary to popular belief, bonsai trees are not genetically dwarf varieties; they are of the same species as their full-sized brethren. Bonsai enthusiasts train or shape the trees – using techniques such as careful pruning or wiring the branches to grow in a certain way – into the shape of a life-size tree in miniature. The results can be amazing, with patient work. But they are surprisingly resilient plants, if you give them a fighting chance (a ficus bonsai in Italy is over 1,000 years old). The key, says Sasaki, is to treat them for what they are: trees, not ornaments.

“One of the big misconceptions about bonsai trees is that they grow differently from their natural large-leaved form,” says Sasaki. “So people put them on a low table, because it’s better there. They treat the plant like it’s made of silk and forget that it’s alive and growing and needs a certain amount of light. You have to make things grow where they have to grow.

(Learn more about Harold “Hal” Sasaki.)

Ideally, this means a sheltered but sunny location outdoors, at least in warm weather (in Colorado, bonsai cannot be left potted in the winter). But Sasaki knows that growing bonsai outdoors is impractical or impossible for many people, especially apartment and condo dwellers. So, for his practical lessons – students go home with a tree – he tries to select species that are more suitable for growing indoors all year round.

The smaller the leaf size, Sasaki says, the more light a bonsai tree needs. Ironically, this rules out many native pine and juniper species for most indoor environments. Sasaki’s must-have bonsai tree for beginners in Colorado? Portulacaria afra, aka Dwarf Jade, a succulent with thick leaves the size of a penny. “I use it to make students more likely to succeed,” he says. Dwarf Jade, native to South Africa, also tolerates the constant warm temperatures of indoor growing better than native conifers, which like cooler nights. These long-lived ficuses are another good choice for indoors.

Sasaki says he tries to give as much basic horticultural advice and care as possible in his classes, so students understand not just what to do, but why. To water, Sasaki fills a tray large enough for the entire pot, then submerges the plant past the edge of the pot and leaves it there until the air bubbles stop. This, he says, completely wets the root zone and he doesn’t water again until the plant is nearly dry.

Most importantly, if something isn’t working, he says, change it. Move the plant to a different location with more light. Or water less, not more. “People often say their tree died because they overwatered it,” he says. “And I say to them, ‘If you think you overwatered it, then why did you keep doing it’?”

What enabled Sasaki to teach for four decades? “I want other people to benefit from what I’ve had for all these years,” he says. “I try to make it as resilient as possible for them and demystify it. I want to tell people what joy you can get from these plants. The rewards are there to make your heart happy.

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Growing Cannabis Bonsai: Separating Fact from Fiction https://rgbonsai.com/growing-cannabis-bonsai-separating-fact-from-fiction/ Wed, 28 Jun 2017 07:00:00 +0000 https://rgbonsai.com/growing-cannabis-bonsai-separating-fact-from-fiction/ Imagine having a miniature cannabis plant that you could simply put in your window, with pretty green branches emerging from its artistically spiraling center. Sounds pretty amazing, right? It’s the cannabis bonsai dream, an idea that has gained popularity in recent years and continues to be a hot topic. A quick Google search will bring […]]]>

Imagine having a miniature cannabis plant that you could simply put in your window, with pretty green branches emerging from its artistically spiraling center. Sounds pretty amazing, right? It’s the cannabis bonsai dream, an idea that has gained popularity in recent years and continues to be a hot topic.

A quick Google search will bring up many articles claiming how easy it is to grow a cannabis bonsai, along with guides or step-by-step instructions. However, most come with hard-to-believe photos or renderings of said bonsai tree. Do these projects actually work?

Want to know more about growing cannabis? Check out Leafly’s grow guide for tips and advice from expert growers.

To get to the bottom of this intriguing topic, I consulted the minds of those who have experience with bonsai and cannabis. My main question: Is it even possible to grow a cannabis bonsai?

What is bonsai, and why would cannabis growers like it?

The key to bonsai is the word “miniature”. Unlike other potted plants, the joy of bonsai is in creating a small landscape that is meant to be a replica of the natural world. The bonsai has a long and rich history which originates from parts of China and Japan and may have started as early as 700 AD.

Also, just as “miniature” is key to bonsai, so too is the “art form”. It’s not a houseplant that you can put in a pot and let grow willy-nilly – bonsai trees are artistic endeavors that take time and care to cultivate. Many bonsai trees are even passed down from generation to generation, long surviving those who first gave loving attention to their branches.

Laurel Cleveland saw such bonsai at Pacific Bonsai Museum in Washington State, home to Hiroshima bonsai, as well as many others. Cleveland is the creative director of Washington’s Vela, a cannabis dispensary that shares space with a cannabis culture. This convenience allows him to witness the evolution of plants on a daily basis. Along with growing her own cannabis plants in the past and having a wealth of experience in horticulture, the aptly named Laurel has also developed a keen love for growing bonsai.

When it comes to bonsai and cannabis plants, there’s one thing she believes is important to both: a healthy respect for the plant. “I think it’s a really good way for people to start exploring [what it takes to grow] cannabis,” she says of the labor-intensive practice of growing bonsai. “If bonsai is something they already know, more than just putting something on their porch…cannabis requires a lot more care and dedication, as does bonsai, and I think that’s exactly what he deserves.”

Unfortunately, due to home growing laws in Washington, Cleveland is unable to experiment with growing its own cannabis bonsai. Still, the topic has certainly been popular lately, which Cleveland has noticed. So why this sudden resurgence of interest?

“Honestly, people want to feed and take care of something, and sometimes animals aren’t the best fit for younger generations because they work a lot and can’t necessarily give people the love and attention they need. animals. So they redirect that to the plants,” says Cleveland.

Many cannabis growers would like to see a bonsai version in their usual yield, but is that possible or just a pipe dream?

The possibilities of cannabis and bonsai

Scott Chadd is 73 years old, retired and has been growing bonsai for more than half his life. It has been an eponymous “bonsai” for 45 years. He lives in California where he owns the Lotus Bonsai Nursery and president of the Golden State Bonsai Federation.

Chadd was happy to discuss the topic of cannabis bonsai, but his perspective came with a healthy dose of skepticism.

“Not all plants are suitable for bonsai,” he says. “It is quite complex to cover the reasons, but I will list a few. The leaves cannot be large in relation to the trunk and the branch or the stem of the plant. It should have a trunk that tapers from large at the bottom to small at the top. It should have trunk movement and interesting bark. Like all visual art, we mainly deal with line, shape, texture and color. The bonsai must have visual interest, be able to hold the eye of the viewer, and be vigorous enough to withstand the rigors of bonsai cultivation.

With that in mind, does he think there could be a place for cannabis in the bonsai world? “I don’t believe cannabis produces acceptable bonsai trees,” says Chadd.

“It is a very fast growing, fastigiated shrub with large leaves relative to the size of the trunk and stem. It is angular, not graceful, or exhibiting curves or movement. As for its dimensions, we normally seek to have a bonsai where the tree is six times larger than the diameter of the trunk at the ground line. It does not have a long lifespan and does not have any special characteristics other than the cannabinoid effect on human psychic activity.

Cleveland, for its part, also foresees challenges for the aspiring cannabis bonsai cultivator.

“I think it would be a huge challenge, definitely. I think it would probably depend on the life cycle, depending on the genetics of the plant. I’ve seen cannabis plants from growers with roots like no other, so I think as far as roots go, they have the ability to ground themselves very well. Although the amount of space in the pot can be a huge factor, it’s such a vigorous plant that I feel like it’s able to grow just about anywhere. The amount of attention and care you would need to give him would be difficult.

That said, Cleveland allows it, “if you have the time to experiment, I think it would be worth a try.” She doesn’t see as many pitfalls as Chadd: for example, the rapid growth of cannabis is seen as an advantage in her mind, rather than a downfall of the plant.

“I think people who know bonsai will have a little less of a learning curve,” she says. “If you lose a bonsai, it’s heartbreaking, because it takes years and years to grow it. Cannabis grows faster, so because cannabis is so vigorous and hearty, you can see the changes happen faster and learn more about the plant.

Caring for a cannabis bonsai

As for the classic form of bonsai? Well, maybe there is some hope. Cleveland believes that with low-stress training and ample time and space, a cannabis plant could grow into the shape a grower desires. His theory is credited by YouTuber Andre Pyrah. Based in Amsterdam, Pyrah experimented on her channel with growing cannabis and managed to train some plants to twist and bend in shapes reminiscent of traditional bonsai.

Will we see more growers trying cannabis bonsai? Cleveland thinks it’s just a matter of time. “I think it’s just a matter of experimentation, and lots of failures,” she says, “but that’s with anything, right? Growing a warehouse full of cannabis is also a difficult task, so anything is possible.

What about flowering? Could a real cannabis bonsai produce a smokable product? The answer to this may lie in the flowering cycles of other bonsai trees. While bonsai trees may be allowed to enter a flowering life cycle, many growers report that many of these trees do not return after flowering (depending on strain and genetics). So, it remains to be seen if a flowering cannabis bonsai would come back with the same vigor it had before, or even survive.

Ultimately, the art of bonsai is perhaps less about what the tree can do for you, and more about what you can do for the tree. The cultivation of bonsai is a task that requires the artist to show precision, care and attention to the tree. The reward lies in the beauty of creation, the joy of seeing a landscape of the world in miniature form, and the knowledge you have nurtured from this. If there’s one thing bonsai and cannabis growers share, it’s a deep passion for their plants. With time and dedication, chances are we will eventually see the two passions merged into one.

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Rae Lland is a freelance writer, journalist and former editor of Weedist and The Leaf Online. With a focus on culture, music, health and wellness, in addition to her work for Leafly, she has also been featured in numerous online cannabis publications as well as print editions of the magazine. Cannabis Now. Follow her on Instagram @rae.lland

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