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 […]

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 […]

Repotting Tip ‘O the Month-

Many trees like their roots far away from anything saturated, which is the bottom of the pot. Two in particular, pines and azaleas. And in muddling about the Western bonsai world I’ve been haunted by the number of pines planted in very shallow containers. ‘Rules’ are slippery things, as anything in bonsai has exceptions. So […]