Usually my Chinese wisteria sends out leaves and flowers at the same time. This year it was all flowers. Chinese wisteria ‘Caroline’ After enjoying the bloom, it’s time to remove the flower stems. This saves the tree from producing seed pods and allows the new leaves to receive more light. When most of the blooms […]
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Is bonsai getting harder?
In short, yes! This is an old question that comes up from time to time. Eric Schrader mentioned that he’s fielded the question more than once in recent weeks, and the idea has got me thinking. If it feels to you like bonsai is getting harder, here’s what might be going on. More experts = […]
Setting up an effective workstation
This turned out to be a big year in the garden for repots. Together with Adam, Steve, Christian, and JC, we repotted around 195 bonsai and pre-bonsai plus 14 flats of young trees – far more than the normal routine. In hindsight, this wouldn’t have been possible without an efficient workstation. I’ve taken different approaches […]
You just finished repotting – now what?
When you finish the last of the repotting – and breath a sigh of relief – it’s time to sit back and let the trees grow into their new homes. While the trees are busy sending out new roots, our main job is protecting them from the elements. The number one enemy is cold temperatures. […]
Pot selection exercise – cork oak
One of the best things about repotting season is that it provides an opportunity for us to select new containers for our trees. When we move trees from training pots or poorly matched containers to something better, it can be like having a new tree in the yard. One tree that stumped me this year […]