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Bonsai Care Guide
Bonsai Care Guide
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Author: Paul Tomlinson
Posted: 05/09/2017 12:25
Views: 150
Synopsis:

Welcome to the Art of Bonsai

Bonsai means literally a plant or planting in a shallow pot or container. The art of bonsai is to maintain the natural form of trees. The tree is reduced in size by judicious pruning, pinching and directing the growth into the desired form to achieve the illusion of a fully grown, aged and well groomed tree.

Watch your tree change with the season - from first Spring green to bright Autumn colours with the flowering and fruiting trees providing colourful displays in season.

As the owner of a bonsai you have the responsibility of its care and maintenance and must be prepared to spend some time looking after it. Many fine examples of bonsai are alive today with a recorded history of centuries and your tree too could live for hundreds of years with the basic horticultural care as outlined here.

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Tree of a Thousand Stars Bonsai Guide (Serissa foetida)
Tree of a Thousand Stars Bonsai Guide (Serissa foetida)
Category: Species Guides
Author: Paul Tomlinson
Posted: 05/09/2017 12:21
Views: 162
Synopsis:

Botanical name
Serissa foetida

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Introduction
The Tree of a thousand stars, so called because of its numerous star shaped flowers, is a very popular species with beginners as it is one of the few indoor varieties that flowers. Their small leaves, the fact they often have naturally exposed twisty roots and their flaky bark combine well to make even young trees look convincingly old. The shoots and roots give off an unpleasant smell when trimmed. This is not an overpowering smell and is unnoticeable most of the time.

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Chinese Elm / Ulmus parvifolia species guide
Chinese Elm / Ulmus parvifolia species guide
Category: Species Guides
Author: Paul Tomlinson
Posted: 21/08/2017 14:54
Views: 240
Synopsis:

Botanical name
Ulmus parvifolia

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Introduction
The Chinese Elm is one of the most common varieties of Bonsai. Elms grows fast making it easy to build up a dense foliage mass by pruning alone within a few years. With them being quite an adaptable species they are more tolerant to imperfect growing conditions. Fortunately due to their natural vigour they are very good at recovering from accidental neglect. This is what makes them ideal trees for beginners.

If something upsets a Chinese Elm they can often drop their leaves very quickly. Don’t panic, they are usually not dead and with correct care and attention will almost always leaf back within a few weeks.

Many Chinese Elm are mis-labelled and sold as Zelkova, which is a Japanese tree with similar serrated leaves. Genuine Zelkovas are rarely seen as Bonsai in the UK. One of the reasons for this is the importing of Elms was banned to stop the spread of Dutch elm disease.

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