Archive for January, 2010

How to Train False Cypress Bonsai

Friday, January 29th, 2010

How to Train False Cypress Bonsai

The False Cypress bonsai is often created from the family of Chamaecyparis obtusa. This family is kin to the group of Cupressaceae. The amazing False Cypress grows up to 115-feet tall in nature, yet you can train a miniature-sized bonsai from its roots.

Once you seed, plant cuttings, graft, or plant layers you will need to learn how to care for your new False Cypress bonsai. Care requires sun exposure, adequate climatic conditions, ventilation, potting, cleaning, wiring, pruning, growth, re-potting, soil, water, sprays, and feeding. Sprays will protect your trained False Cypress from pests and disease.

Sunlight exposure:
Your new False Cypress requires dense shade. The Cypress bonsai will not do well in fully lighted environments. In hot weather the plant will parch, therefore provide shade so that you plant will survive training.

How to ventilate:
False Cypress can withstand humid winds, but will show unhealthy symptoms when the plant is touched by dry winds.

Perennial Bonsai Selections

Thursday, January 28th, 2010

Bonsai includes pineapple sage, lion’s ear, curry, and the Costa Rican mint bush. Curry, lion’s ear, pineapple sage, and the Costa are herbs that are trained as bonsai. The pineapple has juicy yellowish fruits that grow from its vines. The fruit is sometimes thick and lumpy with yellow-brown skin. The tuft has rough pointed leaves near the top. Pineapple is tropical plants that have tall thick stems as well. The rough sword-shaped leaves have dense collections of minute size flowers. Pineapple sage is known as the Salvia elegans. The bonsai grows large healthy plants. The miniature bonsai trees grow up to 3-feet tall. The plant however grows huge before it starts to produce wood. If you grow the pineapple sage outdoors, the tree will grow up to 5-feet tall, once it has been trimmed.

Pineapple sage bonsai desires sunny weather. The warmth helps the plant to grow healthy. Do not leave the pineapple bonsai outdoors in frosty weather. During the season, as the days grow short the pineapple sage will begin bloom. As the plant matures, it grows impressive flowers, providing you shape the bonsai at an early stage. The flowers are brilliant red. During midwinter and throughout fall the flowers are shaped like tubes.

How to buy Bonsai

Wednesday, January 27th, 2010

In order to buy bonsai trees first you must understand the different names. Bonsai has a list of names, too many to mention, yet having a basic knowledge can help you decide on the type of tree suited for you. Growing bonsai trees is similar to taking care of an infant child, in that you have to pay attention, follow directions, and continue care.

How to relate to bonsai names:
Bonsai is scientifically named as Elea-gnus augusti. The tree names were confused until the organisms two-section name were biologically compared to Latin and/or Latinized definitions that formed the scientific name bonsai and its variants, such as the cascade. The plants were then classified the second of the Genus species, or the Genus plants. The expressions came from mathematical terms.

How to Pluck Bonsai from Lands

Sunday, January 24th, 2010

How to Pluck Bonsai from Lands

Some areas sell bonsai plants from their property. Moreover, some lands produce bonsai, which the owners will allow you to excavate the trees. You want to make sure that you have permission to take the bonsai trees before excavating them. You can collect bonsai, yet you must learn a few tips to cover your tracks. When you dig up the trees, it is important that you cover the holes, so as the grounds look undisturbed. In addition, you want to research the list of protected species to avoid trouble with the government. Note the list, and learn a bit about the plants so that you do not dig up the restricted plants.

How to find bonsai in wild life:
You will find bonsai plants along roadsides, in woody areas, pastures, at the side of pond shorelines, cliffs, or near rocky hillsides.

How to prepare for bonsai excavation:
You will need a tool kit. The kit should contain sharp garden spade, a flat-bladed hand tool, (Trowel) spacious shovel, axe, spacious pruners, plastic bags, burlap loaded with weighty plastic, rope, Wilt-proof spray can, etc. You will need two crowbars to uproot bonsai in rocky areas. Take along a spacious dragging canvas as well.

Detailing Taxus Yew and Bonsai

Saturday, January 23rd, 2010

Detailing Taxus Yew and Bonsai
How to continue care of the Taxus Yew

Bonsai plants are grown from seeds, cuttings, or purchased in nurseries. The seeds or cuttings include the Taxus Yew, which is the family of Taxaceae. The plants require care, such as proper lighting, temperature, ventilation, pots, cleaning, growth, re-potting, soil, and pruning. The basics can help you produce quality bonsai plants. Still, you must consider wiring, water, sprays, pests, feeding, and diseases to maintain a healthy bonsai.

To get started let?s learn how to care for your bonsai:
Sunlight is essential to plants, since it promotes the photosynthesis stage, as well as overall growth. The Taxus Yew requires adequate sunlight yet it can stomach shade. If the plant is situated in semi-shaded environments in heated climates, the plant can grow well. The Taxus family, unlike other bonsais? can also stand frosts. The mountain plant is bested suited in its habitat however.

Taxus family can withstand winy environments, especially the hedged plants. You will need a deep pot to start the growth of the Taxus Yew and re-pot the plant as it starts to age. The aged Yew desires profundity balanced with the width of the trunk. You should re-pot the Yew three to four years, transplanting the tree into a larger pot. When you re-pot the Yew, cut any damage from the roots, including dead roots.

How to Classify Bonsai Trees

Wednesday, January 20th, 2010

How to Classify Bonsai Trees

The size and classification is important when growing Bonsai trees. You want to understand each to decide what you want to grow and how to take care of the tree.

Chokkan is one of Bonsai?s single growths, which is tapered at the trunk and sits upright. The trunk often has glowing branches so that when you peer down at the tree it will seem as though the branches are growing at the peak. The branches are balanced at each angle. The trunk of the tree near the front should have two-thirds of the section showing. The branch begins its growth at the base of the tree. The first branch is always elongated and thick with points leaning toward the front, or is somewhat angled at the side. The following branch extends to the opposing wall. The branch should grow higher than the first branch. The succeeding branch grows near the back of the Bonsai tree, and higher than the latter branch. The rear branches determine the outcome of the trees appearance. The back branches should tilt somewhat near the front. The lower branch should grow one-third of the way up the trunk, and the following branches should follow in arbitrary patterns up the tree. You will notice a natural effect, which shows that the Bonsai is growing correctly.

Fighting Bonsai Disease and Damage

Monday, January 18th, 2010

Fighting Bonsai Disease and Damage
How to fight disease and damage continues

Bonsai are subject to decay and damage. To protect your bonsai you must learn how to treat the plants from pests and disease. Before you can treat the plants however, you must learn the symptoms to prevent damage or decay.

How to spot damage and decay:
Decay and damage comes from lack of care, as well as from red spider mites, scale insects, and mealy bugs, aphids, which include the greenfly, gall aphid, and the black fly. Wooly aphids also attack bonsai as well as goat moth, leopard moth, geometer moths, small ermine moths, etc.

Spider mites include the web-forming tetranychus and the glasshouse reds. The greenhouse mites and the red spiders often feast at the underside of bonsai or other plants, especially at the leaves. The spider mites and greenhouse will chew at the foliage as well. If the spiders or mites gnaw at the leaves, you will notice marks, patterns, or irregular patterns, which turn yellow, or silver-gray. It depends on how severe the pests have attacked the bonsai. The tree may fade away if you do not treat immediately. The web-formers create webs, which you will find on the trees. To eliminate the problem and save your bonsai spray the plant/foliage with insecticides. You want to spray the undersides. Use acaricides immediately if you notice mild symptoms. You can use defensive action at the start of spring, otherwise use a selection of acaricides so that the pests do not adapt to the chemicals.

Defining Lavender Bonsai

Saturday, January 16th, 2010

Defining Lavender Bonsai
How to care for lavenders

French and Spanish lavenders are common herbs grown to train bonsai trees. The sweet marjoram is another of the herbs grown to train bonsai. Each plant is the member of the tender perennial group, which the plants will live for a long time if cared for properly. French lavender grows woody shrubs and requires brilliant light and warm environments to survive. The plants can survive in lower temperatures if grown outdoors, yet the warm environment is recommended. The south window is the recommended spot for growing French lavender bonsai indoors. You can also rest the plants at the west or east, yet south is best. In fact, most bonsai plants require the south, west, or east corners to grow healthy.

Lavandula dentata or French lavender is grown as bonsai trees. The beautiful plant includes leaves with indents. The trees grow woody shrubs; therefore, you can grow the bonsai as a cascade, or grow the bonsai upright. The French lavenders can live a long time. The plant grows elongated stems and arched flowers, which are light purple. French lavender requires brilliant lights to survive. If the lights are lowered, the plant becomes weak. The French lavender will develop pale green leaves, especially when the plants do not receive sufficient lighting. You will need to wire the plant so that it does not hang down also. When the plant starts to cascade and the stems become woody and hard remove the wires.

Training Bonsai from Semi-Hardy Perennials

Friday, January 15th, 2010

Training Bonsai from Semi-Hardy Perennials
How to train semi-hardy perennials

The perennials include the semi-hardy group. The group of perennials can tolerate unfavorable weather conditions, such as vague freezing and frost. Unlike the resilient herbs however, the semi-hardy will not survive below freezing weather. If you grow the plants indoors however, the plants will withstand warmer conditions. If you raise the plants outdoors or indoors make sure the environmental weather does not drop five, or below 25 degrees. One of the semi-hardy groups grown as bonsai is the santolinas. The semi-hardy will grow swiftly. The plant has tolerated levels contrasting other perennials, in that it will survive conditions that other plants will not. The plant also has a unique aromatic scent. You can purchase germanders and the group of winter savory plants to compliment your santolinas. The green santolina is another member of the semi-hardy perennials.

Santolina has a couple of species. The species include gray santolina, a member of Santolina Chamaecyparissus, and the lavender cotton. The gray santolina makes up a soft stunning foliage and contracted wooly group of bordered leaves.

Caring for Bonsai Geraniums

Wednesday, January 13th, 2010

Caring for Bonsai Geraniums
How to care for geraniums

While I am not going too much in depth on the subject Geraniums I will touch basis to help you decide if the plants are for you, and if you are ready to maintain bonsai geraniums. Pelargonium is aromatic geraniums, which signify large varieties of the cultivars and clusters that are easier to grow in windows and are simple to coach, or train as the bonsai. The problem is the geraniums have several hundred species to select from, as well as the cultivars. You may want to visit stores that sell Geraniums so that you can get an idea of what the plants look like when grown as bonsai.

The species include Pelargonium nervosum, which is the lime. Lemon is the Pelargonium Crispum, while ginger is Pelargonium torento. The list continues to nutmeg (Pelargonium Fragrans, rose (Pelargonium Graveolens) strawberry (Pelargonium scabrum), gooseberry (Pelargonium grossular-ioiders), peppermint (Pelargonium tomentosum), fern-leaf (Pelargonium filicifolium) and so on. You will find a variety of geraniums, yet the small leaved plants are best suited for growing bonsai.