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3 Tips on Preparing a Show Bonsai Tree

Interested in showing a bonsai tree at your next club’s bonsai exhibition?  Here are some great tips to make your tree look fantastic. 1. Use Copper Wire: Wire your tree at least a few months in advance with copper wire.  Aluminum wire is typically black in color and stands out too much on the branches. With copper wire, by the time the show rolls around, the wire will fade and match your tree’s bark...

What is a Bonsai (Round Robin) Demonstration?

We had the pleasure of helping set up the Satsuki Bonsai Society show in Orange County this month.  The show was a great success with a great turnout.  Our resident bonsai artist, Jason Chan, had a tree on display and  also participated in a round robin demonstration with a Prostrata Juniper which was later auctioned at the show. What is a round robin bonsai demonstration? A round robin demonstration is an event...

Modern Styling Methods: Creating Fullness and Depth

In an earlier post, we discussed the pros of cutting back growth rather than pinching the needles back.  Now that you have done this, you’ll find that you have a lot of outside growth and not much inside growth.  As the needles grow out stronger, the inside foliage will die off or weaken.  Rather than let it die on it’s own, it’s okay to cut off some of the inside growth. The modern method of...

Juniper Styling Tips: Pinching vs Cutting: Which is Best?

Pinching or cutting your juniper foliage and needles.  Which one is the better method?  Traditionally, the technique for pushing back growth in junipers was to pinch the needle tips of the juniper foliage. By doing so, it would push the foliage back so that the branch would not get as long. However, modern method of styling a bonsai tree recommend letting the tips grow out strong to bring the energy out on the...

Balancing Blooms on Satsuki Azaleas

One of the little known secrets of working with Satsuki Azaleas is balancing their flowers. When working with a advanced older tree, the darker blooms will consume more energy than the light colored blooms.  In order to balance the tree so that the tree’s energy is distributed to the all the branches evenly, it is important to cut dark blooms that grow near the apex of the tree. If you do not cut the darker...

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