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Development. May’s Collection of Tree’s Striving to Reach Their Potential. Seems People Around The World Are Following Suit.

Bonsai Progress

Fascinating time we live in.  We have access to everything.  Bonsai Trees, Techniques that we couldn’t learn unless we somehow lucked out with an apprenticeship with one of the few masters in bonsai that could actually teach you the fundamentals.  A lot of the Bonsai “artists/teachers”  where just trying to make a quick buck and provided bad information.  There is allot to understand about trees, managing to keep them thriving in a pot smaller than growing in the ground. To create a finished bonsai in a certain style there are techniques one can use..  Just by proper trimming the foliage will be kept tight and compact.  By trimming it

Flamboyant Tree
5 Year old Poinciana Bonsai on it’s second year of training

gives the foliage it’s miniature effect.   Remember if your just starting out, a bonsai can be any miniature tree in a pot.  That is the literal translation of the word.  Now there are some trees where the leaves cannot be miniaturized or don’t survive in a pot as easily as other trees.  Right now I am developing my trees a collection of really special artwork.  For instance this Poinciana Bonsai is on it’s second year of growth.  I only let the primary branches get 1″- 1 1/2″ long keeping the internodes short will allow us to create a realistic mature looking Poinciana .  This year the secondary branches are already splitting and I am sure by trimming the next set of branches back shorter reducing the internode length and causing the branches to ramify closer to the trunk and primary branches. the trees next flowering season we will get bloom and have a very mature foliage.

Neagari Style
Neagari Style where the roots are grown exposed. Considered a strange style and sometimes referred to as Octopus Style.

 

 

Progress in bonsai is like progress in life.  We are no longer bound to strict rules which just limit the scope of our creativity.  Working with different species and trying new styles makes the art progress.  Bonsai is now world wide and I believe it’s good to have a foundation in the fundamentals but not think of them as unbreakable rules.  Follow your passion.  Most Importantly enjoy yourself..

 

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Concept of The Master Cut – Using a Sacrificial Branch to Create Trunk Taper

Sacrificial Branch to Create Trunk Taper

Concept of The Master Cut – Using a Sacrificial Branch to Create Trunk Taper

According to Traditional Bonsai technique the first Branch should never be higher than 1/3 of the height

of the tree.  Branches lower than 1/3 is considered a sacrificial branch.  Sacrificial branches coming out of the base can be strategically cut at an angle to create better trunk taper.

Sacrificial Branch to Create Trunk Taper
Master Cut – Advanced Bonsai Concepts, Using sacrificial branches to create trunk taper.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Make a Bonsai Tree From Any Tree With Potential (Trunk Structure)

Make A Bonsai Tree Yourself

Important to Look For a Good Trunk Line – Taper and Nabarai

So you can get the experience of making a bonsai tree yourself Using Make a Bonsai Kit includes a pre-bonsai Ficus Juniper or Elm Tree.  Includes all materials needed.  Most importantly, 8″ Ceramic Bonsai Pot, High Quality Specific Bonsai Soil, and fertilizer.  Complete kit is $39.99. The Adventurer Kit does not include the tree, and allows you to use your own specimen.  You Can make a bonsai tree with any tree that has a good look especially the trunk line.  We want to develop bonsai artists.   So for our local customers the kit is available with a 2 hour Bonsai Class, from beginner to advanced. $50

 

Making a mini Bonsai from a cutting that I rooted.  Good bonsai takes time however.  Our GoPro Camera is on the way so the Videos are going to be taken to another level.