August: Clearance Rack Bonsai (Duranta Erecta)

It’s pretty common advice: Whenever you go to your garden center, if you see a clearance rack, give it a once over. You can get a bargain on decent pre-bonsai material. Garden centers are generally catering to people looking to plant in their yards (or their patios, or business grounds, or whatever, you know what I mean). What’s desirable for …

July: Bulging-trunk Bonsai (Ficus Microcarpa Mallsai)

Have you ever done something and while you’re doing it you know you’ve made a mistake?  My ficus microcarpa pick for the month I had that feeling about. If you’re not sure what I mean I’ll give you an example.  Yesterday I made homemade pretzels with my daughter. We followed the recipe and mixed the dough. But it would not …

June: Loropetalum Bonsai Three Ways

This month’s find is a loropetalum. I’ve had them on the brain since they were done a couple weeks ago at my local bonsai club. As such it was no surprise that I found this as my pick for the month. I found it at Home Depot for $10.98.   Why Did I Pick This One? All the others were …

10 Lessons Learned from the ABS / FBS 2017 Bonsai Convention

Last weekend I found myself at the American Bonsai Society / Florida Bonsai Society 2017 Bonsai Convention. I was only there two days for an assortment of reasons. But it was two FULL days and I did learn a lot. After such an adventure, I like to review and see what I’ve learned. Looking back I can find ten things …

May: Root bound Japanese Boxwood

This one was a touch my fault. I bought a small Japanese Boxwood from a big box store two months ago. I did see a touch of roots at the bottom of the pot but life happened and I didn’t get a chance to repot it for a while. I chopped off the top and figured I’d repot later. With …

Why is My Bonsai Dying?

After years of trying to grow bonsai, one of the things I’ve learned for sure is the answer to the question “why is my bonsai dying?”   What I’ve learned is that this question is basically the same as when my Mom says “Why doesn’t my computer work?” The answer is, there are so many possible things that may be …

Review: Bonsai / Haws Watering Cans

If you’ve just begun with bonsai you might not think about bonsai watering cans.  It would seem natural to think that though the pots and the soil mix are different, surely a watering can for potted plants works just as well on bonsai. I can tell you from experience this isn’t so. For watering your tiny trees and tiny pots …

Bonsai Soil Particle Size

I researched the hell out of bonsai soil components. Then I spent more than I’d like on said components under the promise of growing better bonsai. Then I did the thing that stops me up every time. I actually did the thing I just researched. Reformed from using potting soil and any premade mix called “bonsai soil,” I took out …

13 Sure Fire Ways To Piss Off a Bonsai Nut

I’m going to get really irreverent here.  I’ve been tinkering with bonsai for about six years now.  I’ve found peace working on bonsai that I haven’t found doing anything else.  But, there’s a sort of attitude out there with bonsai.  A certain, well, vibe that kinda comes across as snottiness that I can easily see rubbing someone the wrong way. You …

How to Save a Dried Out Bonsai Tree

Perhaps you went on vacation.  Or maybe you just forgot to water, for a week.  You might be wondering how to save a dried out bonsai tree.  You know I’m talking about you if your bonsai is now more brown than green, and has seen better days.  If that’s the case, your tree is in need of emergency care. The …