Not All Maples Require the Same Leaf Management

I know that this article should wait until the spring when you can immediately put this information into practice but I’ve been watching video clips called the Bonsai Art of Japan with Owen Reich, Dmos by Ryan Neil and Bjorn Bjornholm.   From these I learned that it is important to trim your maples to allow light in to the trunk of the tree to encourage buds that will add to the ramification of your maples.  At our show in July 2012, Ken Huth mentioned that he removes the larger leaves on maples so that the tree develops more small ones.  When Linda and I were in J

Is That its Variety, Cultivar or Species?

After 20 years and some college classes more years ago than I really want to admit to, I’ve learned a number of the scientific names of the genus and species of the more commonly used bonsai plants.  However, when I’m writing an article I always have to stop and think, “Is that a variety name or a cultivar?”  Genus are usually big groups with similar foliage like “Juniperus” or “Acer” (junipers and maples).  But what is the variety?  I read that Juniperus Procumbens is closely related to J.

Dormancy – What Happens to Your Bonsai in Winter?

We know that the deciduous trees in our yards and yes our bonsai that are deciduous, drop their leaves after sufficient shortening of the days and cooler temperatures arrive.  Even my semi-hardy trees may drop their leaves before I finally relegate them to artificial lighting in my basement.  In preparation, trees store sugars  produced through photosynthesis, so that when spring arrives they have the strength to open their buds to grow new leaves to begin photosynthesis again.  Dormancy is a self -preservation defense mechanism that protects th

Review: The Secret Techniques of Bonsai, Masakuni Kawasumi

Book Report: The Secret Techniques of Bonsai
By Masakuni Kawasumi II and Masakuni Kawasumi III


Review: Junipers: Bonsai Today's Master Series

 Book of the Month: Junipers
Bonsai Today Master Series


Review: Pines: Bonsai Today's Master Series

 Book of the MonthPines:  Bonsai Today’s Master Series


Review: Low-Maintenance Bonsai, Gustafson

 Book of the Month: Low-Maintenance Bonsai
By Herb Gustafson

Review: Bonsai School, Coussins

 Book of the Month: Bonsai School – The Complete Course in Care, Training & Maintenance – by Craig Coussins

Review: Bonsai-Kusamono-Suiseki, Benz

 Title: Bonsai-Kusamono-Suiseki
Author: Willi Benz 

Club Meeting/Workshops with Rob McGregor June 16

 June 16 - Rob McGregor Visit

We only have one spot open in each - 

Sunday, June 16, 2013 - 9:30am - 4:00pm