Another Fascinating/Unusual Bonsai Post…

Just a plain old willow leaf ficus…

Here’s an example of a little tree that you might run across easily, at a retail store or maybe your club’s raffle table. Hell, I’ve seen them at Walmart before. It’s a willow leaf ficus, Ficus salicaria (often misnamed Ficus nerifolia, F. Salicifolia, F. Subulata, et al).

This one happens to be a root cutting , meaning the “trunk” used to be a root off a larger tree that was chopped off during a repot, saving the smaller hair roots, and planted in its own pot.

continue reading what happened to this unusual tree at Adam’s Art & Bonsai Blog

Reblogged from Begin Bonsai

New pot for a Port Jackson fig! (Ficus rubiginosa)

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Last weekend I repotted my Port Jackson fig from terra-cotta into a proper Japanese bonsai pot by Koyo. I started developing this tree from a sprig in January, 2015. For a progression of the tree from then to August 2020 see:

April 17, 2021:
The tree today in its new pot.
January, 2015: The tree when first purchased in 2015.

Continue reading this interesting post over at BEGIN BONSAI

Another Nebari Bonsai lesson…

Bud pinching Japanese Maples

Brian VFDeciduous, Japanese Maple April 17, 2021 1 Minute

In the spring, with healthy Japanese maples, bud-pinching is a common technique to keep internodes short on refined trees. It is a simple procedure, and needs to be performed about daily as Japanese maples are waking up in the spring.

The earlier you can identify the 2nd node and remove it, the shorter the internode will remain. In this example, I’ve waited about a day too long, but it helps illustrate the process.

Here is the extending new shoot:

Continue reading this interesting post over at NEBARI BONSAI

A journey with small trees with

Olive (Olea europaea, var. ‘SanFernando’)

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I have been working on this olive since July, 2011. To see a progression of its development from 2011 to early 2019 see

February 21, 2021:
The tree today.

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Another Interesting Bonsai Post from Nebari Bonsai…

Bending with rebar

Brian VFJunipers, Kiyozuro, Styling March 27, 2021 2 Minutes

Sometimes wrapping a branch or trunk with wire doesn’t have enough holding power, and using rebar as an anchor point for guy-wires is more effective.

This is my Kiyozuru Itoigawa, purchased from Chikugo-en in L.A…which, from all I have been able to find, is the origin of the cultivar in the US. I bought it to have the cultivar, but wasn’t enamored with the trunk. It has a nice twist at the base, but then straightens out. The yellow line is the area where things get pretty dull.

It has been container-grown and according to Gary Ishii, it was 25-30 years old when I bought it. Growing slowly in a pot means the trunk is stiff with dense wood. Therefore, wiring the straight portion isn’t really an option.

Continue reading at NEBARI BONSAI

Repotting a Japanese Maple

Brian VFJapanese Maple, repotting March 20, 2021 1 Minute

I didn’t get around to repotting this one last year, and it was the first time I skipped a year repotting it in probably 15 years, so I wasn’t looking forward to wrestling it free, and working the roots all the way back. However, it was pretty weak last year, and so the roots weren’t too crazy. Here are some shots of the process, which took about 90 minutes.


Pot cleaned and new drainage mesh applied. 3rd generation Yamaaki. I love this pot with this tree, but the clay is developing small chips around the tie down holes, and one foot. The tree may also be ready for the next size up soon. This one is 19″ wide, and a 20″ would work. But the color is fantastic with the fiery red spring foliage.

Continue to read this fascinating post over at NEBARI BONSAI

Jaye’s Week… Signs of improvement all round!

This week has shown definite improvements in Anita’s wellbeing. At first, the signs were so small, we feared she would never get any better, but gradually, almost inch by inch, she is getting back to her usual self!

There is an air of normality beginning to creep into the office, too, and this is more than welcome, I can tell you. The new pc gave in and behaved itself; writing hasn’t commenced yet, but there has been much thought, and I have begun to work on some some overdue projects.

Last week was a nightmare, and hopefully won’t be repeated in a hurry.

Coping with Anita’s sudden hospitalisation was probably not the best time to instal a new pc, but I had nothing else to do but worry, and I mistakenly thought it would keep me busy.

It certainly did that, and if all of this seems a little familiar, it’s because this was the second time in two weeks that I have had to do this. The pc company agreed to replace the faulty one, so all my work installing it was for nothing!

I can tell you that trying to cope with the worst case of worrying, added to Windows 10 and Microsoft’s vagaries, didn’t work well for me. I was a wreck by the end of the week…

This week, however, is shaping up to be something I recognise.

The bonsai are on the move, tiny buds appear every day, and most of our bird visitors are gathering nesting material.

I was beginning to doubt I would find any normality, but suddenly, everything seems to be sprouting – just like my bonsai…

Bonsai Confidential – Pauline Muth – PFM Bonsai Studios


As the ice accumulates on the trees outside my window, I’m reminded that the Spring needs the Winter to fulfill its promise of revival and rebirth. And as we await those repotting sessions, how about another installment of Bonsai Confidential? If you’ve been to a bonsai convention in the last 40 years, most likely my next guest had a hand in the planning. Pauline Muth has been an accomplished artist, potter and teacher in the American bonsai scene for decades and I’m excited to bring my interview with her to the PLB readers! We had a great conversation on the role of bonsai clubs, what makes a great bonsai student and of course, the ever evolving role of women in American bonsai. Here is our slightly edited conversation, I hope you enjoy!

Read the interview and see more pictures over on PEACELOVEBONSAI

Crepe myrtle dragon

Here’s an exciting new project from Adam’s Art and Bonsai Blog

A lagerstroemia indica variety. The bark looks like the “Natchez” cultivar, which would mean big leaves and a white flower. I’m not sure though so we will have to see when it wakes up and flowers.

This is a fascinating post all about creating a dragon bonsai… continue reading HERE