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

TRYING TO TAME A JAPANESE MAPLE "ARAKAWA"

I have had this cork bark maple for a while and lately have been focusing on trying to make it look somewhat decent.  The spring flush is almost finished its push so I decided to thin it out and give it wiring to position the new growth.  I started...


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MAKING AN ELM BROOM

I have always admired broom style bonsai trees, especially the elms.  What’s not to like? A nice flare at the bottom and spreading branches up top, spreading out to make a perfectly round canopy.  I have had this elm that was in a batch of...


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CHINESE ELM GETS ITS FIRST TRIM

Chinese elms are very prolific growers and since we have a long growing season, usually at least 9 months, it is not uncommon to cut them back 2, 3, or even 4 times.  This one looked like this on February 12


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CHINESE ELM REPOTTING

Elms, everybody needs at least one.  I have four or five, all were started from either air layers or cuttings.  They were just before budding out so it was time to repot, and this time into some nicer pots as they had both been growing in larger...


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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...


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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...


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NEW TRIMMERS

Up for review is the thinning shear by Corona.  I have used Corona tools before, I found a pair of shears that were very "bonsai" tool-like years ago at target and they ended up being the best pair of shears that I have ever owned.  They are...


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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...


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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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