Heart of Dixie Bonsai

Growing Bonsai in South Alabama

Welcome to The Heart of Dixie Bonsai

A website dedicated to the growing of bonsai in the deep South.  I hope to use the pages to share with you the joy and heartaches of this rewarding hobby.  Also, maybe share some of the fun we have here in South Alabama.

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Azalea City Bonsai Society

I hope to fill these pages with bonsai, tips, and techniques; but there really is no substitute for the "hands on" type of experience that you get from working with people in your area.  I recommend that you seek out a local bonsai club.  I live in Mobile, Alabama and our club is the Azalea City Bonsai Society.  We meet the first Tuesday of the month, except for July, at 6:30 PM in the Garden Center.  The address is 4690 Springhill Avenue, Mobile, Alabama 36608.  I would like to personally invite you to join us.  If you need more info, just use the contact button below.


SEE YOU THERE!

Site Updates

Created the Bald Cypress II Page - 9.22.208
Created the Bald Cypress III Page - 9.23.2018
Created the Japanese Maple "arakawa" Progression Page - 9.27.2018
Created the ACBS Spring 2018 Show Page - 9.30.2018
Creatted the Satsuki Azalea Tusuki no Shimo - 10.6.2018

Latest News, Articles, and Additions

WINTER COLORS FOR AZALEAS

Living in the Heart of Dixie does not afford one a chance to see a lot of fall color on trees.  Most of the time it does not really start getting cold until November and most of the bonsai like maples and elms are tired and the leaves just turn...


Category: Blog Post

A PLETHORA OF POTS

At a recent club meeting, Joe Day showed up with a trunk full of pots for sale.  They had belonged to a member who is no longer in the hobby and was looking to sell them.  It is always nice to have a selection of pots sitting around to select from...


Category: Blog Post

RHIZOCTONIA FOLLOW-UP

I took a little time to work with this poor satsuki azalea (gumpo white) today and I thought that I would post a follow up to the rhizoctonia web blight article.  As you can see it can be very devastating to the plant that it attacks.  It lost...


Category: Blog Post

RHIZOCTONIA WEB BLIGHT

As some of you may know, I have been on the mend for the last couple of weeks.  I was in a car accident in which I broke the patella on my right knee into six pieces.  I had surgery to fix it and have been confined to the couch.  Yesterday, I was...


Category: Blog Post

IKEA FINDS

Since bonsai is my main hobby and passion, I seem to always have my eyes peeled for everyday items that would lend themselves to bonsai.  Recently, Favorite Minion and I went on a little excursion to Jacksonville, Florida and while there visited...


Category: Tips and Tricks

USING A BOARD TO IMPROVE NEBARI AND ROOTS

This isn’t anything new and not my idea or innovation, but it is, however a great way to improve the nebari and roots on your bonsai.  What is “nebari”, you ask.  Well for those who aren’t familiar with the term, it is a Japanese term, and simply...


Category: Tips and Tricks

WHAT ABOUT NAPA FLOOR DRY?

If you read the post on Optisorb (if not, read it here), you know that I have been shopping around for a replacement for pumice in my soil mix.  I have read in various places on the net that a lot of people are using Napa Floor Dry so I found some...


Category: Tips and Tricks

A LOOK A OPTISORB

Since I am having a difficult time sourcing pumice in the Heart of Dixie, I have been looking at alternatives.  I read about Optisorb on my favorite bonsai forum, www.bonsainut.com, and found out that it was available a Oriley's for $16.99 for a 25...


Category: Tips and Tricks

GOODBYE BETSY, HELLO FANNY

I haven't mentioned it here, at the Heart of Dixie Bonsai, but in September of this year, I was involved in an automobile accident that resulted in me having a broken knee cap and also the totaling-out my beloved 2000 Jeep Cherokee.


Category: Everything Else

A BLAST FROM THE PAST

For supper a few nights ago, my wife prepared a surprise side dish for us--pear salad.  Pear salad my sound kinda mundane to you, but this just wasn't any pear salad, it was pear salad, Heart of Dixie style.  If you are a child of the late sixties...


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THE SECRET LIVES OF APHIDS, PART II

If you liked this article, The Secret Lives of Aphids, You might find this one interesting as a follow-up.  There is something about bugs...I don't know, maybe it is just the kid in me--poor mom, I was always bringing something home in a jar to...


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HAPPY ST. PATRICK'S DAY FROM THE HOME OF THE CREIGHTON LEPRECHAUN

Happy St Patrick's Day from the Heart of Dixie, home of the Creighton Leprechaun.  While leprechauns are usually associated with Irish lore and are home based in Ireland, apparently one made it across the pond years ago and appeared one night in...


Category: Everything Else
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