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An Oft-Forgotten Repotting Clue-

An Oft-Forgotten Repotting Clue-

February 26, 2021

Deciding to repot or not is often fraught with angst. Do we do it this year? Maybe next year? Considering the clues can help you decide. Maybe you know a tree with slow water penetration, that one might be ready for a repot. Try driving a chopstick into the soil on another one, near the […]

Shimpaku on Rocky Mountain: Revisit

Shimpaku on Rocky Mountain: Revisit

February 19, 2021

Here’s a tree we’ve not covered in a while, a grafted cascade juniper. The trunk is Rocky Mountain, and the foliage is a rather coarse shimpaku variety that I like as it marries well with a coarse, meaty trunkline. Often very fine Itoigawa and even ordinary shimpaku seem too fine for some purposes. It’s been […]

Bonsai Under Threat Of Snow

Bonsai Under Threat Of Snow

February 12, 2021

Well, usually snow is rather nice, but: Don’t underestimate it (that goes for any Sith lord, too) And, yes, we’re all special snowflakes, but snow builds up into something heavy and not so special Brush off large accumulations before it melts After it melts and refreezes, leave alone, or you can brush off twigs Too […]