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Bonsai classification based on its measure June 26, 2007

Filed under: Back to basics — Newstudy @ 12:33 am

You may not know bonsai trees have a classification based on the dimension.    It isn’t an absolute rule and the measure of the bonsai isn’t really important. No one should grow his bonsai thinking of the category it belongs to, yet it is important he has those basic notions that complete his bonsai culture.

Japanese people divided bonsai into groups giving them a name. A precise classification doesn’t exist, every bonsai master varies it a little. This one I present here is generic, but consider a tolerance of 5-6 cm (2-3 inches).

SHITO or KESHITSUBU: these are those little bonsai measuring around two or three centimeters (one or two inches), they are really difficult to cultivate and should be approached only by experienced people.
MAME: mame are little bonsai measuring no more than 10 cm (4 inches).
KOMONO: up to 15 cm (6 inches), these bonsai are still hard to manage as little parts may be tricky to handle.
KATADE-MOKI: those from 20 cm to 40 cm (8-16 inches) are called “one hand bonsai” because it’s the last category that can be handled using just one hand. These one are the most diffuse.
CHUMONO: “two hand bonsai” start from 40 cm up to 90 cm (16-35 inches) and are the most appreciated because their proportions are well balanced. In this category there are wonderful bonsai, the masterpiece of this art, the most admired and loved specimens.
OMONO: the last group presented here is the one up to 120 cm (45 inches). These are spectacular, but maybe they appear more like “normal” trees than bonsai. In this category there are breathtaking specimens for sure but this isn’t the group bonsai are famous for.


First time bonsai: a 5 points survival guide June 10, 2007

Filed under: Back to basics — Newstudy @ 10:19 pm

More often than not, the approach to bonsai art comes with a present.   A friend, a relative or a partner gives a new little tree in a short pot and he/she can’t tell us how to handle it.
Those bonsai trees are set on a piece of furniture or next to a window and normally die in a couple of months.   Here comes the misconception that bonsai trees die after a short time.

The truth is a bonsai can live among hundreds of years (there are specimens of 1000 years and more), so you are not excused if you let your bonsai die.   But what to do with that strange thing?


Plastic Pots for Bonsai May 14, 2007

Filed under: Back to basics — Newstudy @ 10:45 pm

Are Plastic Pots OK For My Bonsai?   This is a very common question we get asked.   Plastic pots are absolutely fine for the early training of your plant.

We know that they are not as pleasing to the eye as clay pots, but if you purchase them form a good supplier then they will have been carefully designed to ensure both good growth and good drainage.

As clay pots have a porous texture that allows the roots to breathe even when the soil is packed tight, tey provide a greater advantage over the plastic pots.

The foundation of growing a good bonsai tree in a pot, before the days of plastic pots, were firm planting and a soil based compost.

For the more advanced specimens, bonsai pots will of course be needed these need and must be chosen with great care, matching the pot or the dish to your tree.

The main reason for growing your bonsai trees in training pots is that they will then have excellent root systems to make for easy establishment.


How to Grow Bonsai Trees May 11, 2007

Filed under: Back to basics — Newstudy @ 3:43 am

Bonsai originated in China about 1,000 years ago but was later developed by the Japanese. This particular style of growing trees has become popular in many parts of the world, being both a spiritual and artistic form.
Bonsai, pronounced as “bone-sigh” is a Japanese word meaning “tray-planted” or “tree in a pot”, which refers to dwarf trees or to the art of training and growing the miniaturized trees in containers.  By simply placing a tree in a tiny pot does not make it a bonsai tree. Instead, the overall artistic effect is of great significance in growing bonsai trees.  
Bonsai are dwarfed through pruning the roots and branches, wiring the trunk and branches, and using other techniques to make the tree take on the look of a mature tree. Achieving a perfected bonsai is considered a great accomplishment.


Advantages of Owning a Juniper Bonsai Tree May 9, 2007

Filed under: Back to basics — Newstudy @ 2:29 am

There are two reasons the juniper is so easy to grow – it can be raised indoors and it can be raised outdoors.  However, the juniper prefers to be outdoors in a container, which can be placed on the patio, deck, or lanai in full or partial sun.   Of course, the height and size of the plant should be restricted when it is grown in a container.    The juniper bonsai tree is not a demanding plant, so ordinary garden soil is satisfactory.
In many older gardens, you will see junipers trained flat against a wall, fence, or fireplace chimney to soften an otherwise uninteresting area, or you perhaps used as free-standing shrubs.   With a little pruning, some interesting shapes can be created and it makes an excellent plant to use in landscape borders as well.   If you decide to use a juniper for your bonsai, make sure it is situated in a spot that has plenty of space for growth and with good drainage.


A tree for starters May 8, 2007

Filed under: Back to basics — Newstudy @ 3:19 am

Although getting started growing bonsai can be a little intimidating at first, with the right information and a little trial and error, you will soon be a pro.   The art of bonsai actually got its start in China, although most people believe it originated in Japan.   Regardless, there is something magical about growing and training a bonsai tree. The key is to choose the right, bonsai starter tree so you have success.  
In this article, we will give you several options to consider.   Each is distinct and beautiful. Again, the trick to being successful in growing your bonsai starter tree is to learn the proper care and then enjoy the process.   Growing bonsai takes dedication and patience but the result is well worth the investment. 


How to create a Bonsai Tree May 6, 2007

Filed under: Back to basics — Newstudy @ 8:01 am

  1. Select a branch with a pleasing shape and structure, up to the diameter of your little finger.
  2. Assemble the items listed in the Things You’ll Need section below.
  3. Cut around the branch where you want roots to sprout. Make a circular cut through the bark and into the hardwood underneath.
  4. Make a duplicate cut about two branch widths below the first cut.
  5. Make a straight cut connecting the first two cuts.
  6. Peel off the bark between the first two cuts. The bark should peel off fairly easily. Make sure none of the cambium layer (the green layer under the bark) is left.
  7. Dust the top cut with rooting hormone and wrap the area with the wet sphagnum moss, then wrap it with plastic and tie in place.
  8. Keep the moss wet. After several weeks, you should see roots through the plastic.
  9. When the roots start to thicken and turn brown, separate your new tree by cutting it off below the new roots.
  10. Place small pebbles for drainage in the bottom of a pot. Partially fill the container with top soil. Unwrap the plastic and without disturbing the roots, plant your new tree, adding additional soil as needed.
  11. Insert a stake to keep the tree from moving and damaging its delicate roots.

Bonsai Kid footnote:  11 basic steps…  Bonsai creation is far more complex than that.   Takes passion and patience.  Anyhow, it’s the basic of the basic.  Seek your near Bonsai Master for at least, 6 months classes.   I believe if you are developing a new hobby, so learn it properly and from a knowledgeable source.  it’s my 5 cents…