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!

Latest News, Articles, and Additions

"A" IS FOR ANTHRACOSE

Those who keep bonsai for any length of time usually have some sort of fungus or virus infect their trees.  This year I have been battling two on my azaleas, ovulinia petal blight and rhizoctonia web blight, and another on my maples, anthracose. ...


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A GOODBYE FOR AN OLD FRIEND

This one really hurts.  I have had this tree for probably 10 years, it was started from a cutting and I spent a lot of time throughout the years working it to try to make a decent tree.  This spring I decided to give it a repot because it had been...


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IT'S UNCANNY!

The aggressive growth of the bald cypress never ceases to amaze me, they are truly amazing trees.  This growth rate and their forgiveness for mistakes makes them and excellent tree for beginners.  Results are achieved quickly and it helps keep...


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NEW SHEARS

When I am out and about, I always have my eyes open for things that might be useful when I am working on the trees.  The other day, my daughter and I were at the local flea market (why do they call it that) and I happened across these shears.  Now...


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REPAIRING TRUNK DAMAGE AND ROT WITH EPOXY PUTTY

Trees are amazing forms of life and like humans have the ability to heal themselves.  Like humans, severe wounds will often leave a bad scar, have trouble healing, or not heal at all.  Luckily, trees respond to wound treatment and with a little...


Category: Tips and Tricks

SEALING WOUNDS ON BONSAI

If you post the question, “Should I seal the wounds on my tree after I prune?” or, “What wound sealer do you use?”, you will get many different opinions.  Anything from, “I don’t use any at all, it is not needed.”, to, “I seal everything.”  What...


Category: Tips and Tricks

BONSAI SOIL, HEART OF DIXIE STYLE

No bonsai site would be complete without bonsai soil article, so here is what I use and it works great, your mileage may vary… Mention bonsai soil on any of the bonsai forums on the internet and you will virtually start a war! Everyone has their...


Category: Tips and Tricks

A MONEY SAVING TIP FROM THE HEART OF DIXIE

As I had mentioned earlier,I hope to use the pages to show some of the tips that we use in the Heart of Dixie.  There are a lot of "ordinary" items that can be purchased that can be substituted for bonsai things.


Category: Tips and Tricks

DRAGON'S DUST

Favorite Minion and I have always liked to add a little spice to certain dishes, either to add a little flavor or maybe even a little kick.  There are a lot of things out there on the market, like hot sauces that will turn your mouth to and inferno...


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SPICY PEAR CHOW CHOW

In September, the local pears start getting ripe.  I am not sure of the type of pear they are, I have always heard them referred to as a “sand pear”.  Unfortunately, the past winter did not have enough chill to it to produce enough chill in my area...


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THE MANTIS

Even though I am 51, sometimes the boy in me sometimes comes oozing out.  I have always like all things like bugs, snakes, spiders, and critters in general.  Today, while out watering the trees, I came across this guy, or gal, who knows?  Anyway, I...


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OF CATERPILLARS AND BUTTERFLIES

Every year I have these caterpillars on my citrus trees and i enjoy watching them grow.  They start off as tiny things, less than a quarter of an inch, and resemble bird droppings.  Later in their development, they resemble a snake complete with a...


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