A Hackberry Bonsai In One Year

In my opinion, the pursuit of bonsai can be roughly categorized along two lines: One is the “any old tree in a shallow pot that’s been trimmed up” approach to the hobby (I emphasize the word hobby to make the distinction between this concept and true...

More August Bonsai Fun

This bald cypress, Taxodium distichum, was one of the last two BC I collected this past February to bud out in spring.  Unsurprisingly, the growth was sluggish throughout spring and into the first part of summer.  It didn’t bud as prolifically as BC usually do,...

Bonsai And August

Do those two words actually go together?  Can you do anything in August besides water your trees and watch them endure the heat?  The answer is a qualified yes.  To be sure, you don’t want to go root-pruning and repotting your deciduous trees in August.  Though...

Bonsai By The Numbers

When learning how to create bonsai, we’re confronted with some obvious questions about how to make them look right.  My previous three posts covered the basics of design, mostly from the standpoint of composition and key “tricks” we use in fooling...

The Basics Of Bonsai Design – Part 3

In Part 1 of this article we took a look at the principle of non-static (asymmetric) stability, the overall shape of a bonsai and how it conforms to a visually pleasing silhouette represented by a scalene cone.  In Part 2, we explored how the bonsai artist uses...