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Sunday, 11 October 2015 15:18

I found this picture on Kickstarter – Stephen Voss was raising money for a book he was publishing.  The book is to be an artistic endeavor not a bonsai pictorial documentary.  From an artistic standpoint the display table and stand are truly inventive.  But look at the tree.  There are three branches very close together – two of them may have been “bar” branches.  But some simple adjustment to the branch orientation, and you get something that is visually appealing. Be sure to think about this when looking at young trees.  We tend to look at some material and set it aside because of flaws that can be used to our advantage with some very simple tricks.  Bonsai is an art of simplicity and illusion.


Voss Crape Myrtle

Last Updated on Sunday, 11 October 2015 15:30
Pine Care Notes PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 29 February 2012 00:47

Working with Two-Needle Pines for Bonsai—Notes from a workshop w/Ivan Watters on 03/10/07

(please note—this article is comprised of notes that I took while attending this workshop last year; all knowledge came from Ivan; any errors are my own!  ~ Anita; also, this was IVAN’s information & others may have their own ideas)

Many of the trees in the two-needle pine family make excellent bonsai.  They all have one thing in common though; they’re very “care intensive”.  While this can be overwhelming to the novice bonsai artist, most anyone willing to spend the time to learn the “care cycle” for these trees will be very happy with the results.

Here is a list of the some of the typical two-needle pine species used in bonsai:


Here is the typical “care cycle” that Ivan follows for his two-needle pines in the Chicago, IL area:

Last Updated on Wednesday, 29 February 2012 01:14
What to keep i your Bonsai Tool Set PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 18 February 2012 00:18

What To Keep In Your Bonsai Tool Set

A bonsai is a small tree, and art form that originated in Japan. To start with, you may keep your tree inside, but they can also be kept outdoors, as long as they are maintained and protected from the elements. You will need to know what to keep in your bonsai tool set to be successful.

Last Updated on Saturday, 18 February 2012 00:50
Choosing Bonsai Tables PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 18 February 2012 00:51

Choosing Bonsai Tables For Incredible Visual Display

Much more than simply a straightforward Bonsai Pot, a display table is a key part in making a delightful visible display. Once you have selected what type of stand would best accentuate the wonderful thing about your specimen, you'll then have got to choose between a mobile and a static table. You will also have to take the material of the stand into account. Many practitioners prefer wood and marble stands, but you can select from a selection of materials. Finally, knowing exactly where you will be displaying your masterpieces will also make your search for the perfect Bonsai tables far easier.

Bonsai tables are among the important things you want to look into before beginning displaying your treasured small collection. If you select your tables right, they can effectively add an entirely new dimension to the fantastic thing about your display. There are even styles and methodologies on showing your plants, which trace their origins back to Japanese and even traditional Chinese conventions.

Last Updated on Saturday, 18 February 2012 02:09
How to plant on a rock PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 18 February 2012 00:43

How To Plant Bonsai On Rock

As someone who loves the art of Bonsai, maybe one of the things you wish to know is how to plant Bonsai on rocks so that you can create dramatic and rough tiny landscapes. In this example, you need to realize that tenaciousness and time are your most elementary tools in this endeavour. If you happen to feel you are patient enough and you are ready to devote the necessary quantity of time, then these are some tenets on how to make a beautiful rock planting:

Last Updated on Saturday, 18 February 2012 02:10


How do you handle you bonsai habit in the winter

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