The Question of the Front…

The Question of the Front…

Even the best front can become boring over time…a pot change, a change in inclination, or even a front change can enliven an old familiar tree and make it feel like we’ve suddenly got a new one. This ‘Chojubai’ quince has several front possibilities. This year we decided to shake it up a bit. The photo […]

If your Chojubai does this, don’t worry…

If your Chojubai does this, don’t worry…

‘Summertime, and the livin’ is easy…’ And your Chojubai is losing its leaves. And you are freaking out. Well, maybe don’t. In the middle of summer, right around now, your ‘Chojubai’ dwarf flowering quince will yellow and drop off half its leaves. For most things, this would be a weird time of year to lose […]

Chojubai Notes: Part 4— Pots for Chojubai

Chojubai Notes: Part 4— Pots for Chojubai

Being a thin-trunked bonsai, most Dwarf Flowering Quince ‘Chojubai’ would naturally make us think, ‘Shallow pot!’ but we’d be just causing grief to our tree… …or shrub. Because that’s really the crux of the matter. Chojubai is a shrub, a fact which influences everything about its care and maintenance, including pot choice. You’ve probably noticed […]

Chojubai Notes: Part 3—Why is my Chojubai weak?

Chojubai Notes: Part 3—Why is my Chojubai weak?

Few plants come without a puzzling issue or two. For ‘Chojubai’ Dwarf Flowering Quince, the most serious issues are in the roots. Chojubai are strong plants that will normally extend 6” (to 18″) per growth surge. If this is not seen, then be on the alert. A weak tree will not make typical extensions in […]

How not to fertilize…

Last year I wrote a post about fertilizing, Refine your fertilizing this year! I wanted to expand on that and offer a few more notes, since, after all, it’s a brand new year for dung related issues- Blogging is really a bit assumption-ridden, because we make one simple statement as if it’s unconnected to a million […]

Chojubai Notes: Part 2

Chojubai Notes: Part 2

After the major period of flowering in the cooler months of the year, ‘Chojubai’ Dwarf Flowering Quince will begin to grow. At the end of this period the plant is usually multi-tasking, flowering and growing. What you will see first are whorl growths of several leaves. These do not have an extension. About the time the […]

Chojubai Notes: Part I

Chojubai Notes: Part I

The last photograph here needs some explanation, since any use of a ladder and a roof reaches beyond usual bonsai technique… But to tackle the serious ‘middle part’ of this post first, I thought a series of notes about Chojubai might help get to know this little rascal a bit better because it is so little […]

The Joys of Chojubai-

The Joys of Chojubai-

I’ll find any excuse to share photos of Chojubai! A few of these photos are of older trees blooming in my yard this spring, in their new antique pots. (Love that oxymoron, ‘new antique’—new to me, but also old to me and everyone else). I’ve also included photos of younger plants I’m growing. ‘Chojubai’ is the […]

Summer Flowering Chojubai

Summer Flowering Chojubai

Unusual for a ‘Chojubai’ Japanese flowering quince, this old tree has been in full-on flowering mode since mid-August. Although a Chojubai can typically push a flower almost any month of the year, they are generally at peak flowering from January-April, before the leaves come out. This amount of flowering in the summer is not common. […]

‘Chojubai’ Quince—Diminutive Jewels

‘Chojubai’ Quince—Diminutive Jewels

This unassuming dwarf quince can steal your heart. There are many who have gone to Japan for the spectacular pines, junipers, and maples, only to discover the quiet but memorable Chojubai. Those ‘many’ included a few friends of mine, and myself. This post is a little longer than most because Chojubai is so little known […]