Tag Archives: bonsai

Perfection in Bonsai

In Bonsai, we strive for not just good technique, but perfect technique. Let me explain. In Japanese culture, discipline is fundamental. It is even more valued than intelligence. For example, If you have ever watched a tea ceremony, you will notice that it is methodical, intentional, and calculated. Same goes for the art of Kendo […]

Water 3 ways

Lets talk about something that all bonsai trees, or any life for that matter, cannot live without. Water. In all plants, water is not only a conveyor of nutrients, it is also a cooling liquid that helps the plant to resist wilting in hot summer days. Without water, nothing lives. But not all water is […]

The science of bonsai tools

As you probably have noticed, you can’t just walk into a home depot or garden store and pick up some bonsai tools. Bonsai tools are special. Each tool is specific to the task. In bonsai, we study how trees grow, even down to the cellular level. We must know how the tree responds to injury […]

Air-layering technique

Spring temperatures will be arriving soon here in Florida, and when that happens then it’s time for air-layering. What does that mean? Air layering is probably the least stressful way to propagate trees. Most trees with woody trunks are good candidates for this technique, however, fast growing tropicals such as Ficus (benjamina, green island, retusa, […]