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Ever since I start my bonsai hobby, I have been fascinated with this living art.  So far I have a pretty good collection of bonsai trees. Some of them are ready to be moved from the training pots to the display pots.  Choosing right bonsai planters is important for the health of the bonsai trees.  Most higher quality bonsai planters for display use are made of ceramic or mica that help provide a steady temperature for the tree.  Bonsai planters are also essential parts of displaying the bonsai trees just like framing a finished painting. All of them should come with drainage holes.

I normally follow a few basic guidelines choosing the right bonsai planters for the bonsai trees.  The first and most important rule is to determine the sex of the bonsai tree, whether it’s feminine or masculine. Those bonsai trees that are in curvy shape, have smooth bark and sparse branches, or some of the flowering and fruiting are considered feminine, while some evergreen, conifer, or those bonsai trees that present strength, have old and coarse bark, deadwood, thick trunks and dense branches are considered masculine.

Based on the above rule of the sex of the bonsai tree, I usually choose the bonsai planters to match the degree of masculinity or femininity of my trees. Should I choose oval, round, lotus shaped bonsai pots, or should I choose rectangular pots? And the depth of the pots, should they be normal depth or shallow? Glazed or unglazed? These are all the elements of the design of the complete look of the bonsai tree.

Another rule of choosing the bonsai planters is the size. Generally, the height of the bonsai pot should be the same as the diameter of the tree trunk that is right above the surface root.  For oval or rectangular pots, the length of the pot should be two third of the height of the tree. For round pots, the diameter of the pot should be one third of the height of the tree.

Currently, my bonsai trees that need to repotted are more feminine. So I am looking at the glazed oval, rounded or lotus-shaped ceramic bonsai planter.  These bonsai planters have very precise measurement of outside dimension. It’s easy for me to determine the size when I choose them to match my trees. There also many different colors for me to choose from, orange, beige, black, blue, green, and some of them come with Chinese painting. Some of the oval bonsai planters have a land/water divider.  One side of those pots can hold a bonsai tree while the other side hold the water.  Some of the ceramic bonsai planters are very cute frog planters and some are bathtub shaped planters.  And all of them come with drainage holes.

My favorite bonsai planters are the lotus-shaped ones and the pot with a land/water divider.  They display my trees and show their styles exactly the way they should be. The pot with a land/water divider helps tell the story of the bonsai tree. I place a fisherman with a fishing pole alone the water. The fisherman is under the bonsai tree. This miniature landscape presents a scenery that the fisherman is enjoying his good time and relaxing.

The variety of the bonsai planters help so much create my bonsai art. They are important parts of the bonsai tree as a whole. They match my bonsai trees so well and display the grace or strength of the trees.

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This weekend I am going to have a party held in my yard when my friends visit me.  I have some nice bonsai trees that they want to appreciate.  I am preparing a bonsai show in my yard.  My bonsai trees are mostly fully grown and trained and in good shape.  All I need now are the bonsai stands to display my art work.

The bonsai plant stand is just like a frame of a painting.  It finishes the work of the art piece and it’s an important element of the formality of the bonsai art. It enhances the décor of bonsai at the places where the arts are shown.  Choosing the bonsai plant stand also shows the characters of the bonsai trees. There are different designs, shapes and sizes of the bonsai plant stand.  The bonsai trees have female and male two kinds. So the bonsai pots are chosen to match the sex of the bonsai tree as well.  The bonsai plant stand, as the base to hold the tree in the pot, needs to match the style of the above.

The materials that the bonsai plant stand are made of are very important too.  Real solid wood-made stands are much more sturdy and stable and they are more expensive.  At the meantime, the texture of these solid wood actually has a much heavy feeling compared with those non-solid wood bonsai stands.  The heavy feeling of the solid wood carries a sense of being ancient and that makes the bonsai arts more authentic.  Some bonsai stands are round. The turntable tables are also good choices too.

I found the decent bonsai plant stand that will match my trees for the show in my yard.  There are a variety of bonsai plant stands that I can use for my bonsai trees.  The best ones are those stands that are made of solid oak wood.  They serve exactly their purposes to display my bonsai trees with their firm support at the base.  Their simple, elegant style matches the trees as well.  I also really like the larger one that is handcrafted by the Chinese artisans finished with semi-gloss. The stain of this bonsai stand gives this piece a rich luster while protects the wood for a long-lasting finish. The price is very reasonable for its quality.

For a round shaped bonsai stand, I found a practical one that can be used both indoor and outdoor.  This round stand is turntable. Its steel ball bearings are well protected from moisture to resist rusting, and a large coin-slot screw provides ready access for cleaning and maintenance. A convenient thumb-screw locks the table in the desired position when working and displaying bonsai. 6″ diameter grained top surface reduces slipping and holds over 25 pounds without binding.

I am happy to find the variety of bonsai plant stands that I need to show off my bonsai trees.  They match the trees very well and I am looking forward to the party this weekend.  My friends will be amazed and fascinated by the beauty of the bonsai art.

 

 

 

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In my lined-up bonsai projects, one of an important part is to make my own bonsai soil mix for the repotting of  my variety of bonsai trees. I have gradually prepared appropriate bonsai pots for the repotting.  Gathering necessary accessories to get the job done is equally essential.  Bonsai soil sieves are a must-have accessory for preparing high quality bonsai soils.

High quality bonsai soil mix means good water retention, good drainage and good aeration.  But no bonsai soil comes naturally clean.  So the sieves are used to remove the dust off the soil. Dusty bonsai soils are not good quality soil.  Poor quality bonsai soil results in unhealthy trees or even causes the death of the trees.  The bonsai soil quality totally decides the health level of the bonsai tree.

Dusty bonsai soil doesn’t have good water drainage and aeration. When the dust in the bonsai soil becomes residues, it clogs the soil and prevents water drain well.  At the meantime, the root of bonsai tree won’t breath well either.  The nutrition won’t be distributed to the tree for its healthy growth. The bonsai soil sieves help a lot remove the dust off the bonsai soil to make it have good drainage and aeration.

I need a bonsai soil sieves set that comes with different sizes of mesh screens because I have bonsai trees in different sizes of bonsai pots that require different sizes of grain of bonsai soil.  Smaller bonsai trees need fine grain bonsai soil while bigger bonsai trees need bigger grain bonsai soil. I need all sizes of bonsai soil grains including small, medium and large.  I already found the small grain of bonsai soil that was mixed well.  But for the medium and large grain bonsai soil, I will make my own.

I plan to mix the organic soil mix with pumice and akadama soil for my medium and large bonsai trees.  The akadama soil is imported from Japan.  It’s a volcanic clay that holds moisture very well.  However, the natural akadama soil comes with dusts that will affect the quality of the soil.  So it’s  crucial to remove the dust off the akadam soil to keep it clean.  The bonsai soil sieves are great tools to remove the dust off akadama. I pour akadama in the sieve, then sift it.  I can see lots of dust coming  off the screen.

The bonsai soil sieves I got come with three different sizes of mesh screen.  For my medium and large size grain of akadama, I use different size of mesh screen to match the right size of grain.  The bonsai soil sieves work very well.  Besides sifting the akadam bonsai soil, the bonsai soil sieves can also be used to sift gravel, mulch, and grit etc.

The bonsai soil sieves are made of stainless steel, easy to use and easy to clean.  They are very helpful removing the dust off the bonsai soil.  After using the bonsai sieves, simply spray them with water or soap water to clean them depending on how dirty the bonsai soil is.  They are absolutely necessary when I mix my own bonsai soil.  They help so much make the bonsai soil clean, free of dust to maintain its abilities of good water drainage and aeration. They are excellent bonsai accessories for making high quality bonsai soil mix.

 

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At this late summer, it’s time for me to prepare the materials needed for my bonsai repotting at the end of this year.  I already found the bonsai pots for the repotting project. Now I need the bonsai soil for my variety of bonsai trees. My bonsai trees cover most of the popular ones including outdoor conifer, outdoor deciduous and indoor tropical/subtropical bonsai trees. Some of them already have out-bounded roots and needs repotting.

The bonsai soil is essential for the health of the bonsai tree.  It’s as important as the sunlight to the tree. The bonsai soil provides the nutrition and water to the tree so it stays vigorous and healthy.  Good quality bonsai soil mixture requires good water retention, good water drainage and good aeration. Organic soils alone or normal garden soil are poor quality bonsai soil as they hardens easily when it gets dry.  That doesn’t supply enough water and nutrition to the bonsai tree, and actually, it’s harmful to the tree.

To repot my bonsai trees, I use both already-mixer bonsai soil and the bonsai soil I mix myself depending on the species of the tree. Either type of bonsai soil needs me to look for them locally or online.  Our local garden center only carries pumice. Other than that, I don’t find other bonsai soil mixing elements.  I am happy to find the online shop that carries everything I need, both the already-mixer bonsai soil and akadama soil and lava rock. They also sell small accessories that repotting needs such as bonsai sieves and the mesh cover for the drainage holes of the bonsai pots.

Normal, the smaller the bonsai pot is, the finer grain of the bonsai soil mixture is required. I have several small, young bonsai trees that need fine grain bonsai soil mixture.  I am glad I can find them at this online bonsai shop.  Their bonsai conifer soil mix and tropical and sub-tropical mix bonsai soil are very fine but have good water retention and drainage abilities.  They are great for my little juniper and young Hawaiian umbrella bonsai trees.  For small pots of bonsai trees, this is perfect and convenient because it’s very hard to find finely ground bonsai soil mixtures.

I also need akadama soil and lava rock for my own mixture of bonsai soil. These two items are essential for the water retention and aeration.  Akadama soil can only be found online.  This online shop carries good quality small grain akadama soil imported from Japan at good prices.  Their lava rocks too, are small granules that  will absorb up to 40% of its weight in water. Small lava rock (1/4 inch) is the best “sand” component around because it is “sharp” and has very irregular surfaces.

From this online bonsai shop, I collect all of the bonsai soil I need for my bonsai repotting later this year. They are very good quality at reasonable price.  I am ready for my project.

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Bonsai tray

 

I just bought a ginseng ficus bonsai tree one month weeks ago.  I was supposed to buy the humidity/drip bonsai tray together with the bonsai tree because I knew it was necessary for the tree.  I didn’t do it since I thought I could find it at our local pottery shop but I made a mistake.  I found our local pottery shop only carried some bonsai pots but no bonsai trays.  So I went back to the online store where I bought my ficus bonsai tree and looked for the humidity/drip bonsai tray.

The humidity/drip bonsai tray is necessary for bonsai trees especially for tropical trees for three reasons.  First, it protects the surface where the bonsai tree is placed.  As all bonsai pots have drainage holes, the water will drip out of the pots.  Having a tray underneath the bonsai pot will prevent the surface being stained or damaged. Second, the humidity/drip tray hold the water which creates a consistent humid environment so the bonsai tree won’t get dehydrated. Finally, you don’t need to take the bonsai tree to the sink to water.  This will make it very easy and convenient to water the bonsai tree especially for larger trees.

The bonsai tray I found for my ficus bonsai tree fits the bonsai pot perfectly.  I was able to find the exact right size of the bonsai tray because the description of the tray includes its inner dimension. It helps me a lot.  In addition, I found the bonsai tray I got at this online store is higher quality.  It was made of ceramic, strong enough to hold a layer of pebble and the bonsai tree with the pot. The bonsai store also carries other bonsai trays made of plastic and there are a variety of colors of trays to choose from. I really like the black ceramic tray I picked.  It nicely matches the color of my bonsai pot.

My ficus bonsai tree is a tropical tree.  Therefore, it requires a warm and humid environment to stay healthy. It’s important to use the humidity bonsai tray to create such a surrounding so it thrives. I put a layer of gravel between my bonsai pot and the bonsai tray so the water drips out of the drainage holes of the pot every time I water it. It’s so convenient and saves me time and energy.

I always leave some water in the bonsai tray at all times. When the water vapors, it keeps the bonsai tree hydrated.  Since I use the bonsai tray, my ficus bonsai tree maintains its beautiful green, shiny leaves.  The right size of the tray also enhances the overall look of the tree.  A good quality bonsai humidity/drip tray helps so much take good care of my bonsai trees.

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Talking about repotting the bonsai trees in summer sounds wield, but I like to organize things in advance and get them prepared.  I already line up my projects for repotting my bonsai trees in late fall before the trees go dormant.  Choosing the bonsai pots is very important during the process of repotting. It’s my favorite bonsai work and it’s a lot of fun.  Making decision of picking the right pot for the bonsai tree involves the design of the artistic work as well as keeping the health of the tree at the same time.

A nice bonsai tree won’t become the bonsai art without a suitable pot it matches.  The goal of matching a right bonsai pot is to create the harmony of the tree and the pot.  The sex of the bonsai tree normally decides what kind of bonsai pot it should match.  The shape of the bonsai pot determines whether it should match feminine or masculine bonsai tree.

Looking around my bonsai trees that need to be repotted in display pots, I decide to use rectangular bonsai pots for this project as most of my bonsai trees  that need repotting are mostly male. Rectangular bonsai pots are generally more masculine because they are angular, have clean lines.  Some of them are deeper, have stout feet.

This summer, besides doing the regular routine caring for my bonsai trees, watering and fertilizing,  I have been busy defoliating the trees as well.  They grow very quickly at this time of the year. I recently got some new pre bonsai trees in my yard.  They look good but I don’t take it for granted that all trees’ root systems are healthy or they have perfect root base for repotting.  I always take the trees out of pot and check the root system to make sure they are good and healthy enough to sustain being trimmed and repotted later this year.

I find this great line of rectangular bonsai pots provides a large selection.  I need different styles and colors of bonsai pots for my variety of bonsai trees.  I can find what I need here. I have a Chinese elm in cascade style that needs a bonsai pot for this style of tree.  I find several rectangular bonsai pots for cascade style trees to choose from.

This line of rectangular bonsai pots also offers some professional bonsai pots that are deeper and come with heavy duty drainage hole covers and are pre-wired.  That’s exactly what I need. It saves me time and work to prepare the mesh covers and wires for repotting. I can also find many different sizes and colors of rectangular bonsai pots here. It makes it so much easier for me to design which pot to match which tree.  Moreover, the measurement of the outside dimensions of these rectangular bonsai bonsai pots provides accurate information so I don’t make mistakes selecting the wrong size.

I am excited to choose my rectangular bonsai pots for my repotting project later this year. It’s very accomplishing to design the overall look of the bonsai tree by choosing the right color and size of the pot.  It’s my own art work.  I enjoy it so much.

 

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Conifer Bonsai trees are popular evergreen bonsais for many bonsai enthusiasts.  People are attracted to their various shades of green needle and sometimes, the cones that they produce are very appealing as well.  Spruce bonsai trees are one of those conifer bonsai trees that are native to the northern American.  There are about 35 species of spruce trees that are generally available in the US, mostly popular as the Christmas trees.  Their needles are much shorter than the pines’. The slowly grow spruce trees are widely used as shrub.

Despite its popularity, spruce could be hard to be trained as bonsai trees largely because they don’t backbud easily.  However, once they are styled well to be bonsai trees, they are very easy to take care.  The Colorado blue spruce bonsai tree is one of the spruce species that has beautiful distinctive  blue-green evergreen needles.  It has thin and gray bark, with narrow vertical furrows. The tree color varies from dark green to blue-green and the lightest shade, would be the powder white green.  The powder white green shade is the unique color that Colorado blue spruce bonsai tree distinguishes itself from other conifer bonsai trees.  This color fascinates bonsai enthusiasts who collect a variety of conifer evergreen bonsai trees.

The colorado blue spruce bonsai  thrives outdoor in the full sun while young trees need some shades for protection.  In hot summer time, however, even the mature trees need some shades during the hottest time of the day.  Otherwise, over heat will result in brown needles. Morning sun, afternoon shades are ideal.  Through out the spring, summer and fall, it enjoys the outdoor environment. The sun exposure, good ventilation and night dew all contribute to a healthy, vigorous bonsai tree.

For watering, the Colorado blue spruce bonsai tree likes moisture but not soaking wet soil.  So as long as the soil is well drained, water the tree to keep it moist. The times of water depends on the season and the humidity.  Never let the soil get completely dry out.  The tree would appreciate misting through out the spring, summer and fall.  In winter, reduce watering.

Fertilizing can be done once or twice a month during growing season except winter.  Use half strength of all purpose fertilizer or bonsai slow release fertilizer.  In areas where summer is very hot, stop feeding the tree. Wait until the temperature cools down a little bit then resume feeding.

Pruning a fully grown and trained Colorado blue spruce bonsai tree is fairly easy.  To maintain its shape and style, simply pinch the needles with fingers.  In fast growing season, cut the shoots with a pair of bonsai shear.

As a conifer bonsai tree, the spruce bonsai trees normally needs repotting every 3 t0 5 years. For matured species that are older than 10 years old, every five years.  But since every tree grows at a different rate, the repotting schedule varies as well.  This is just a generally guide. Ropotting can be done in early to mid-spring or early fall.

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Flowering and fruiting bonsai trees are fascinating to almost everybody due to their miniature size of flowers and fruits.  The vibrant flowers or fruits are not only appreciated for their aesthetics, but also are valued as art pieces.  However, in order to generate flowers and fruits on a bonsai tree to create the desire scenery, more experiences are required.  The growth of the bonsai tree should be controlled in a manner that it doesn’t grow too fast or too slow.

The Korean lilac bonsai tree as one of those attractive flowering bonsai trees, also needs proper care to produce its beautiful, fragrant, pinkish purple flowers in clusters.  It blooms in late spring but can flower twice a year up to late summer or early fall.  The purple flowers fade to white.  In fall, the foliage turns in to brown yellow.  Since the Korean lilac bonsai tree is deciduous, it loses its leaves in winter, leaving the  beautiful line of the branches.  It’s a great outdoor bonsai tree that adds beauty to the garden.

Generally, the Korean lilac bonsai tree needs care just like other bonsai trees but need more sunlight for flower production.  It needs at least six hours of direct sunlight exposure every day.  Morning sun, afternoon shade would be the best.  In hot summer time, to avoid over heat and scorched foliage, it should t be shaded 30-50% under the shades of the tree or a shade cloth.  As a outdoor deciduous tree, he Korean lilac bonsai tree should be placed outdoor such as the balcony, patio, deck or the garden through out the spring, summer and fall.  In winter, when the dormant period comes, the bonsai tree can be placed in a unheated garage or shed.  No sunlight is needed at this time.

Watering is important for the Korean lilac bonsai tree.  Because the bonsai tree is grown in such little soil, the soil dries out very quickly.  Never let the soil completely dries out.  Watering frequency depends on the weather and the size of the pot.  If the tree receives full sun, it’s necessary to water it once a day.  The smaller the pot, the more often watering is needed.  Testing the moisture level of the soil can be using a moisture testing meter or stick a chopstick or finger into the soil.  When watering, make sure water the tree enough so the water runs out of the drainage holes of the pot.  It’s necessary to water the tree for a second or third pass in summer time when the temperature is very high and humidity is low.  When the lilac is in blossom, don’t let the flowers get wet when watering. Otherwise, the flowers wilt fast or fall off quickly.

Fertilizing is necessary for any kind of flowering bonsai trees. The Korean lilac bonsai tree is not an exception. Since it’s a bonsai tree in a small amount of soil, use half strength of the regular fertilizer should be good enough.  During the growing and blooming season, fertilize it at least once a month.  It’s not needed in winter.  The tree will also respond well to foliage feeding with a water-soluble fertilizer applied every other month as a spray.

Pruning the Korea lilac bonsai tree at the right time is essential.  Otherwise, it won’t produce flowers.  Pruning should be done in later spring after its first bloom.  The lilac flowers should be removed when they start to shrivel.  If pruning is done in the summer, fall, or winter months, the tree may not bloom the following year.

The Korean lilac bonsai tree is a deciduous tree. The average repotting schedule for deciduous trees are two to three years.  But each tree grows at a different rate.  So the schedule is not fixed.  Checking the root system annually and repot it as needed.

Common insects and pests of lilacs are powedery mildew and scale.  If they are found on the bonsai tree, they can be treated with a diluted spray soap.

 

 

 

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Hawaiian Umbrella bonsai trees are the popular tropical trees for people who are less experienced with bonsai trees. They are very easy to care for.  They don’t require very much of sun light and they are some of those succulents that can tolerate a little bit of neglect of watering.  They can be watered very two to three days if the weather is not too hot and dry.  And most important, they are beautiful evergreen bonsai trees that decorate the home, the restaurant, the office and the students’ dorm.

Bonsai trees in banyan style are those bonsai trees that have aerial roots which draw distinctive visual attention.  Usually they are made from ficus species bonsai trees.  However, as one of the tropical trees, Hawaiian Umbrella bonsai trees can also be grown and trained in banyan style.  This is unique among those commonly seen banyan ficus bonsai trees.  I was looking for a bonsai tree as a gift for my friend who just opened a Chinese restaurant.  When I found this gorgeous Hawaiian Umbrella bonsai tree in banyan style for sale, I was attracted to it immediately.

This tropical evergreen Hawaiian Umbrella banyan bonsai for sale  would definitely bring good fengshui in his restaurant and it was believed to generate good fortune.  That was a perfect gift for a grand opening restaurant.  It signified a auspicious beginning.  In the Chinese Fengshui theory, not all bonsai trees can generate good fortune.  Only those bonsai trees with rounded, thick leaves, juicy and fleshy foliage and stems have the potential positive energy to generate good fortune.  The Hawaiian Umbrella banyan bonsai for sale is one of those trees that falls into this category.  Its evergreen characteristics makes it a even better indoor decor.  It lasts for four seasons.

I loved this Hawaiian Umbrella banyan bonsai for sale because it was an exceptional specimen.  This bonsai tree featured tiny umbrella shaped leaves forming a dense green canopy with an enormous braided and banyan root system forming the trunk of the tree.  It was 24 years old, 22 inches tall.  Its age, large size, rich and aerial root system made it a very impressive gift.  My friend was very happy to receive this special, living green gift.  It was very meaningful, easy to care for and it brightened his new restaurant.

 

 

 

 

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