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Aug 12, 2017

Favorite Bonsai Books

There are thousands of bonsai books - from basic how-to, to serious studies of the art form. Here are some favorites.

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Feb 15, 2017

Bonsai Bougainvillea Care

Basic bonsai bougainvillea care notes: be careful not to overwater, do give them lots of sun and trim often. Indoors, very bright light!

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Feb 08, 2017

Lichen - A Colorful Touch of Nature

Growing bonsai makes you aware of nature. Lichen is one of the many interesting aspects. This article originally appeared in Florida Gardening magazine.

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Jun 18, 2016

Concave Branch Cutter a First Tool of Bonsai

When creating bonsai, the concave branch cutter is one of the most difficut bonsai tools to substitute. My first concave cutter felt like a miracle tool, the proper cuts were easy..

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Apr 07, 2016

Tanuki Bonsai - Cheating or Not?

The Japanese words tanuki bonsai are used to describe what many refer to as 'phoenix graft' and sometimes 'phony bonsai.' It is one of the most unique bonsai techniques.

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Mar 20, 2016

Tamarind Bonsai Trees, a Tropical Favorite

Noted for the delicate leaves and deep, rough, furrowed bark, Tamarind bonsai trees give the appearance of age early on. The fragrant flowers resemble small orchids!

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Feb 14, 2016

Pyracantha Bonsai - especially beautiful with flowers and berries.

Small leaves, beautiful flowers and brightly colored fruit make Pyracantha bonsai a favorite. They can be good subjects for many different shapes and sizes.

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Feb 02, 2016

Jaboticaba Bonsai Trees - a Tropical Favorite

This graceful, exotic tree makes a wonderful indoor bonsai. Jaboticaba bonsai trees are easy to grow and under the right conditions produce flowers and fruit directly on the trunk.

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Jan 19, 2016

The Pine Bonsai tree is a Classic in the Art of Bonsai

The pine bonsai tree is a traditional favorite. It may be most desired, but not the easiest to create.

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Sep 11, 2015

Bonsai Tree Tips

These bonsai tree tips and techniques (taken from 40 years of experience) will save beginners a lot of aggravation.

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Jul 21, 2014

More Bonsai Myths

This page contains more bonsai myths, most of which have to do with bonsai tree care. These are some of my all-time favorites - using sea salt and more.

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Oct 25, 2012

Me create a website? My secret.

Me (a non-techie) create a website? I never thought it would happen until SBI showed me step by step.

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