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Live Q and A with Michael Hagedorn-

Live Q and A with Michael Hagedorn-

February 19, 2017

This is a worldwide question and answer video that I did with Bonsai Empire today, we covered all sorts of bonsai questions, answering them in real time as they came in. It’s a 45 minute video, and by the time we were done it had over 2,200 views—so thanks everyone from all over the globe for tuning in, […]

A super easy way to improve the health of your bonsai…

A super easy way to improve the health of your bonsai…

February 13, 2017

…and sometimes it’s buried. In the pot. And it’s not a magic particle. Or fertilizer. It’s all about gas exchange. When we recognize that roots respire, we know that they need oxygen. And if they need oxygen, then a solid pot wall is one impediment to that, and a clogged drain hole is really shutting the […]

Hemlock Clump First Styling-

Hemlock Clump First Styling-

January 31, 2017

This tree has been sitting quietly in the yard for several years now. It’s an old plant, the bark is warty and thick and that indicates great age for a hemlock. Mountain hemlock, Tsuga mertensiana, come from the upper forest zones of the Pacific Northwest, and are often the last tree standing the higher elevations. […]


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