Posts Tagged: Spring

Bonsai feeding – the Why, When and How?

Why? Bonsai are completely reliant on us for their nutrients to help them photosynthesise, most good free draining potting mixtures are inert and do not provide nutrients for the tree mediums such as Akadama are not able to retain nutrients for long and so frequent feeding is required. If you want your bonsai to grow… Read more »

Bonsai in April

Spring has now sprung and hopefully all your bonsai trees have come through the winter. Here is a quick generic guide to bonsai in April but for individual species check out some of the other species-specific posts.

Chaenomeles as Bonsai

Quince (Chaenomeles) originate from China and Japan and they are a common ornamental shrub which is used as a bonsai due to the showy flowers that bloom in Spring. There are a wide range of cultivars to choose from and the most commonly used as a bonsai is

Bonsai in Spring

This is a fabulous time of year as it is the time when your deciduous trees start to push leaves and all trees start to increase their productivity after winter dormancy. Prior to the full onset of Spring repotting should have taken place to root prune the trees and check the composition of the soil… Read more »

Pyrus pyrifolia as bonsai

This one is new for 2014, I have not seen a Pyrus pyrifolia before which is commonly called ‘Nashi’ or the Asian Pear as well as Korean pear, Chinese pear, Japanese pear, Apple pear and Sand pear. The flowers are a symbol of early spring and the tree is commonly found across Asia. The fruits… Read more »

Vine weevil (Otiorhynchus sulcatus)

During the re-potting season, it is an ideal opportunity to check the health of your bonsai tree roots and soil conditions. At the same time be on the look out for these little blighters who can have a fairly deviating impact on your tree roots, if they are allowed. If you find these little white… Read more »

Colourful Cornus bonsai

In Winter the stunning new vibrant shoots of the Cornus or commonly known Dogwood shrub can brighten up your day as they are just radiant. They come in a range of colours and for fun I have created my very own rainbow bonsai group using Cornus alba ‘Sibirica’ (Red), Cornus sang ‘Winter beauty’ (Orange), Cornus… Read more »