Tag Archives: Bonsai Lesson

Bonsai Winner Is Being Repotted

Here is Peter T. with is his prize winning tree (Midori Bonsai Club Show two posts down). It was hight time for repotting, because a tree well taken care of puts out lots of roots.

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The picture below shows a good job of placing branches. When you go to bonsai shows, you can learn a lot about the skill of the artist by looking that the branch placements from below. Peter bonsai branches

An Old Sierra Juniper Bonsai with a New Look

This Sierra Juniper bonsai once belonged to Johnny Uchida. There were basically two complete bonsai connected at the base. The tree below is one of them. Johnny took the chainsaw and separated them. Then 13 years ago Akio Kondo carved the base of the separated bonsai to make the chainsaw-marks disappear.

Robert Johnnys bonsai before

Below is the tree after styling. Unfortunately, much of the interior foliage have been lost – somehow. Akio said it was more difficult to style for that reason. But Robert, the new owner, will get it full again. Time improves most things.

Robert Johnnys Bonsai after

Bonsai Graduation!

Well, Sue has gone through Boon’s Bonsai Intensive Training Program. She sat for the written test on her final visit this last time (By the way, the lowest passing score required is 90%. A great testament to the training and bonsai theory class is that Boon has yet to have anyone re-take the test.)

On the hands-on-part of the test, you are given a tree – that might be a little over-grown,  that you must totally refine and wire. It was also time to de-foliate this Japanese maple on a rock.

Sue and a Japanese Maple

Below, the tree is done. Boon was pleased with Sue’s work – and she looks pleased too. The Maple is was placed under the 30% shade-cloth and will stay there until the new leaves harden off – then it will be re-introduced to full sun again.

Finished Japanese maple work

Click on picture for a closer look.

“Boon Soil” Results

Below you have an example of a tree being re-potted into Boon’s soil and growing for four weeks. The roots are going wild! But don’t expect these results unless you live in Florida or similar climes.

Roots with Boon Mix

You can see roots growing over the right side of the pot after only four weeks. Click on picture to get a better look at surface roots

Red Pine Bonsai Display

This Red Pine has not had a styling for a few years. Last year it had a severe cutback because the foliage was becoming too wide. It will be styled this year, after the summer foliage has harderned off.

According to the feelings of the membership, this was one of the favorite accents for the pine. It only lost by one vote. The stand was “ruled” to be too tall when you stood right in front of the display.

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Below is the (by one vote) winning accent plant with a wooden slab for the main tree. Bunjin bonsai are often shown on thin slabs  in Japan. But they never use the thick pieces of lumber that is too often used here in the US.   (Oops, I think an editorial comment just snuck out.)

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(Please note that you can enlarge the pictures by clicking on them, though the files are sort of large.)

Bonsai Accent Plants

As one of the administrators of this blog, let me make an invitation. Though this is a Bay Island Bonsai blog, anyone may comment on the posts and are invited to do so. So do not think that this is an exclusive site for B.I.B. members only.

At the last B.I.B. meeting we discussed another display. When it comes to bonsai accents, the artistic principle is that the accent should have a subtle flow back towards the main tree (in a two point display). The accent below was rejected by the membership because the flow back to the bonsai was too obvious. What do you think?

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Below is another bit that Boon taught the beginners. If the accent flows out of the display, it looks like it is not connected to the main tree.

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Bonsai Accent Hint

This is a close-up of one of the accents in the previous post. This is spring and it is beautiful. 146

But we have a winter show and these flowers would be gone by then. We try to display accents that are seasonally correct. So, here comes the hint. Go shopping every year during the month of your bonsai show. That way you can pick something that looks nice that time of the year.  Plant the accent at least a year before the show. That way it fills in and takes on a natural look before the show. This is especially important if you are making “mixed accent plants”.  The accent plant above has the feeling of maturity. It does not look like it just was planted.