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

Updated the Bald Cypress I Progression Page - 6.5.2018
Started the Bald Cypress Clump Progression Page - 6.16.218
Started the Satsuki Azalea "Wakaebisu" Page - 8.11.2018

Latest News, Articles, and Additions

LATE SUMMER BALD CYPRESS TRIM

Normally I don't trim many of my trees this time of the year since fall is right around the corner but bald cypress are very aggressive growers and being atypically dominant, you have to keep the top in check so that it doesn't get too thick.  Here...


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LATE SUMMER GROWTH ON BALD CYPRESS

As Summer starts to wind down and we approach Fall, the bald cypress are getting that last bit of trunk thickening in.  In fact, I think that they thicken more at this time than in the spring.  I grow all of my bald cypress with the pot submerged...


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HEDGE TRIMMING A COUPLE OF ELMS

I do this many times throughout the growing season - hedge trimming.  Walther Pall has an excellent article on the subject, read it here.  It is a great tool for development of your trees.  I mean why not hedge if it is not a show tree, who cares...


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SAVING A SERISSA

If you have been keeping up with the blog, earlier you nay have read, "A Goodbye for an Old Friend".  I posted an update to that article showing how it had recovered today and it was an impressive recovery.  So, I thought that I would try it on...


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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...


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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...


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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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