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Unusual Pine to Decandle: Loblolly

Unusual Pine to Decandle: Loblolly

May 14, 2021

The search for new, interesting native plants for bonsai continues unabated. After finding a bonsai-worthy plant, a secondary puzzler is what known techniques might we apply to the new species. Loblolly or Southern Yellow Pine, Pinus taeda, is a three-needle pine from the southeastern United States. Covering vast areas, it’s believed to be the second […]

When and Why to Pinch New Growth on Spruce-

When and Why to Pinch New Growth on Spruce-

May 7, 2021

Of course we all love fiddling with our bonsai, and pinching is one of those fiddly things. And spruce, playing into our tactile desires, is a tree we can pinch. Back budding is created by pinching the shoot tip. Normally a spruce’s back budding is most prolific at the union where the shoot began growing. […]

Root Fusing Potentials for Nebari—

Root Fusing Potentials for Nebari—

April 30, 2021

Nebari is the flare of roots into the soil. If we wish to encourage a strong visual connection with the ground, building the nebari is often the first thing we consider. Sometimes nebari roots remain distinct. In other plants surface roots may fuse into a connected unit. Some plants will form a fused ground-level root […]