Watering : Checking for Signs of Stress

Watering In Japan, only the most senior level apprentice or student is permitted to water the trees.  The reason for this is because watering the...

Winter and Tree Dormancy

Bonsai Tree Dormancy Tree Dormancy causes a lot of worry for many newcomers to bonsai.  It can be scary to start seeing your tree start...

Layering a Juniper Procumbens Nana by Jason Chan

Layering a Juniper Procumbens Nana Yesterday evening, I stumbled across a great Juniper Procumbens Nana in our nursery that was perfect for a semi cascade....
video

Bonsai Design: Choosing a Front

Bonsai Design In this video, we go through the 3 major factors I consider when choosing a proper front on a bonsai tree. This is...

Designing your Tree: Strength or Elegance

Designing your Tree: Strength or Elegance There are generally two approaches to designing a bonsai tree in terms of character.  These two styles can be...

Fertilizer questions; how often and how much?

Fertilizer Questions Bonsai fertilizer can help rejuvenate an unhealthy tree or prolong the life of a tree when used correctly. However, too much fertilizer at...

Modern Styling Methods

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. ...

Preparing your Bonsai for Winter

Bonsai Winter Preparation For many, the winter season storms have already begun and brought snow.  For others, as we get closer to the winter season,...

Heavy Bends with Guy Wire

Guy Wire The guy wire technique is used both in landscape trees and bonsai trees. You'll often see trees that have branches with wire attached...

Branch Cutters: The 2 Most Popular Tools

Branch Cutters Having the proper tools are essential for maintaining your bonsai tree.  The proper tool can help make proper cuts on your tree when...