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Bonsai Files

Welcome to the Bonsai Files! This is where you’ll find information and how-to articles about trees Zach collects and designs.
Chinese Elm: Unsurpassed

Chinese Elm: Unsurpassed

  If I had to select only one species to grow as bonsai, it would be Chinese elm (Ulmus parvifolia). If I had to select the one species grown for bonsai that has been most abused by the commercial bonsai industry, it would be Chinese elm. Be that as it may, I...

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Let’s Go Water-Elm Rafting

Let’s Go Water-Elm Rafting

  I love raft-style bonsai. We often find Water-elms (Planera aquatica) growing naturally in this style, as their tendency is to grow naturally in a shrub-like form. We brought this one home last summer, and it recovered very nicely. I've been itching to work on...

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Flower Power

Flower Power

  Just a quick blog this evening featuring a wonderful flowering species for bonsai, Huckleberry (blueberry). I've only been working with them for four or five years now, but I've been pleasantly surprised at how freely they bloom in a pot. It only takes a year...

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Another Repotting Project – Cedar Elm

Another Repotting Project – Cedar Elm

  Here's a Cedar elm that needs repotting. It was collected two years ago, and has filled out wonderfully well. This growing season should see a finished bonsai of this specimen.Repotting time is always the time to make corrections to the rootage of your bonsai....

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