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Pot Choice Exercise: Highbush Blueberry

Pot Choice Exercise: Highbush Blueberry

August 20, 2019

Growing up in Upstate NY there were a lot of lovely highbush blueberries growing wild in the woods, and I’d always wanted to try one as a bonsai. Took a move to the West Coast—where they only exist in nurseries—to finally get around to it. Highbush blueberries, Vaccinium corymbosum, have great erratic, natural branch lines […]

Managing Needle Length of Single Flush Pines-

Managing Needle Length of Single Flush Pines-

August 7, 2019

It’s summer and our single flush pines have stopped growing. What now? For starters we can clean out old needles. While we’re doing this we may notice that some year’s needles are longer than others. This post ends with a few reasons they might be longer and how to plan for the future. A Shore […]

There and Back Again with a Cryptomeria-

There and Back Again with a Cryptomeria-

July 24, 2019

Any visit to Japan where remote temples are on the menu will usually involve Cryptomeria. These stately forest trees remind one of miniature redwoods, standing bolt upright as if on review. The Cryptomeria featured here is a home-grown bonsai from nursery stock, not an import. It was first styled by Harunobu Tokita in California. The […]