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Our Top 2 Favorite Bonsai Species

Choosing a bonsai species can be difficult.  There are so many species and varieties that can make it hard to decide.  Some trees prefer the clip and grow method of training while others need to be wired. You’ll also want to consider how each tree will respond to the different seasons. Our favorite species for all weather conditions are the juniper and the pines.  Both species are extremely hardy to all...

Preparing your tree for Winter

For many, the winter season storms have already begun and brought snow.  For others, as we get closer to the winter season, it’s a good time to prepare your trees. Insulation: The largest concern for your tree is protecting the roots from freezing.  If the roots of your tree become frozen, this may kill your tree.  Since bonsai trees are in pots, they are more susceptible to freezing.  Some hobbyists will...

2 Wiring Tips for Improving your Technique

Nearly every bonsai enthusiast is always trying to improve their technique.  After looking at trees in books, we would all like to know how to accomplish some of the things that many renowned bonsai masters accomplish. Here are two tips that I’ve learned while apprenticing and teaching that have done wonders for improving trees. 1.  Wiring: Solid Anchors – This is a technique that you must master.  If...

Benefits of Joining a Bonsai Club

What are the benefits of joining a bonsai club?  Bonsai clubs are great way to meet people who share the same interest in the art.  One of the main benefits is improving your own skill and technique.  Many clubs will feature demonstrations or workshops by well known artists around the country.  However, the best way to learn is through collaboration with other members.  Everybody has a different vision for a...

A Morning as a Bonsai Apprentice.

In California, we do things a little differently than in Japan.  We’re fortunate that our days aren’t grueling but enjoyable. We arrive early in the morning at the bonsai nursery and begin our set up for the day including laying out bonsai wire, preparing tables and turntables.  During a cold morning, we’ll sit around with a nice cup of coffee and discuss bonsai shows and upcoming events. ...

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