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Maintaining your Lucky Bamboo: Calcium deposits

It’s almost unavoidable unless you have a water filtration system or softener that helps reduce the calcium in your water.  Over time as you water your lucky bamboo, calcium deposits will develop on the sides of your vase, rocks, and on your lucky bamboo stalks themselves. The calcium itself will not kill your lucky bamboo. However, over time the results can be unappealing.  To clean your arrangement, remove...

Creating your First Lucky Bamboo Arrangement

Creating your first lucky bamboo arrangement is extremely easy.  To create your first arrangement, gather your materials.  This would include some live lucky bamboo stalks, rocks, and a nice sturdy vase.   In place of rocks, you can also use marbles, gravel, or any type of material that won’t rot that will help keep your arrangement in place. To start, gather your different lengths of bamboo stalks...

Liquid or Granule Fertilizer Pros & Cons

When it comes to choosing a type of fertilizer, there are lots of choices and brands but one of the most discussed topics with fertilizer is whether to go with liquid or to go with granule fertilizer. Granule fertilizer is extremely easy to use and does not require any mixing.  Simply add it to the top of your bonsai tree and it will start to work.  Some granules require UV rays to break down the shell so make...

Basic Fertilizing Techniques for your Tree

Fertilizing is probably one of the most common questions that arises at every demonstration.  Everybody loves to feed their tree.  However, sometimes we give our tree too much love and we fertilize too much which can lead to burning of the leaves or even the possibility of losing the tree altogether.  Another downside to over fertilizing is having the tree push foliage to strong and too quickly, resulting in...

Winter and Tree Dormancy

Tree Dormancy causes a lot of worry for many newcomers to bonsai.  It can be scary to start seeing your tree start to have yellow leaves or even drop them altogether. Luckily this is very normal and a necessary part of your tree’s cycle.  Every tree will go into a dormant period during the cold season.  This applies to deciduous, tropical, and even evergreen trees. During this time, every aspect of your...

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