Kanuma City is satsuki central in Japan. It’s where the eponymous azalea soil comes from, and it’s home to numerous satsuki nurseries including Rakujyuen.
Rakujyuen satsuki bonsai garden
Rakujyuen is a family business run by Minoru Fukuda, his wife, his son Yoichi, and his daughter Chieko.
Rakujyuen has a good selection of azaleas in a variety of styles. It’s also a go-to for exposed root azalea bonsai.
Exposed root satsuki azalea
Neagari (exposed root) satsuki bonsai
More exposed root satsuki
Some of the trees at Rakujyuen had only begun their container training. Here are two examples that were recently pruned and repotted.
The basics – a trunk and primary branches
Next step – secondary branches
Some trees come to the garden with large scars or poor primary branching. These trees are often planted in raised beds where they can develop faster than they would in containers.
Developing satsuki in raised beds
Of course, Rakujyuen also haw lots of more developed satsuki ranging from young trees to some pretty impressive specimens.
Young satsuki azaleas
One of my favorites was in a wood training box. The trunk was massive.
Satsuki with a very large trunk
Up next – more satsuki from Kanuma!
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