Live Q and A with Michael Hagedorn-

Live Q and A with Michael Hagedorn-

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…

…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-

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. […]

Ezo Spruce Forest Styling-

Ezo Spruce Forest Styling-

As the last photo will attest, this tree was styled during quite cold weather…the windows in the studio had very interesting fractal ice patterns last week. The Ezo itself has been a bonsai a long time, I’m not clear on the provenance of the tree beyond that it’s about 35 years old, sporting some older […]

Snow Care for Bonsai-

Snow Care for Bonsai-

Here’s a short video we did during a major snowstorm here in Portland, Oregon. We don’t get much snow here, really, an inch or two is about it, so trees are outdoors for the most part. When we get more snow…we need to remove it or we can end up with broken branches. The trick […]

Introducing Andrew Robson: New Apprentice

Introducing Andrew Robson: New Apprentice

Only a couple weeks out of graduate school, Andrew Robson began his apprenticeship at Crataegus Bonsai in Portland. He’s been here since June 2016. Andrew’s background is in music, with a Master’s degree from the Yale School of Music. While in school there he performed at the New York Philharmonic’s New Music Biennial, among other […]

2016 Photo Bloopers…

2016 Photo Bloopers…

Here are the ‘best’ photos of 2016 all together in one photo extravaganza, the Blooper Reel of 2016. And again there are no names to protect the innocent…other than Matt Reel, who is in the first photo… Happy Holidays everyone! Past year’s Blooper Reels: https://crataegus.com/2013/12/27/2013-photo-bloopers/ https://crataegus.com/2015/01/02/2014-photo-bloopers/ https://crataegus.com/2015/12/23/2015-photo-bloopers/

A Winter Hazel Renovation…

A Winter Hazel Renovation…

Deciduous…well, there is a reason I don’t do as many deciduous posts as conifer, even though they take up maybe 50% of the space in the garden. They do develop slowly. It wasn’t like one could do a quick turnaround on this Corylopsis spicata as is possible with a conifer and have it look snazzy […]

Ezo Spruce Formal Upright Styling

Ezo Spruce Formal Upright Styling

One of my favorite species for bonsai is Ezo Spruce… Although we don’t have the wonderful collected Ezo that the Japanese have, sometimes one can find cutting-grown Ezo that are often perfect for forests or formal uprights. It has a very small needle and ramifies rapidly. There are also a number of really eye-catching North […]

Another Ponderosa Revisit-

Another Ponderosa Revisit-

Last week we did a promised revisit of a Ponderosa Pine that was styled a few years ago…this week let’s do an unpromised one. Ponderosa Pine as it came into the yard, or rather about five months later, if I remember right. In the fall of that year, we styled the tree. I’d like to […]