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

MY BEN OKI AZALEA

Favorite Minion came across some pictures of me attending a Ben Oki workshop from 2013 and asked me if I still had the tree.  Of course, I did, and after comparing the drawing that he made for the future tree, I thought it would make an interesting...


Category: Blog Post

AZALEA WINTER COLORS

Azaleas are usually classified as deciduous or evergreen, but actually it is not that cut and dry.  I have been growing azaleas for many years now, indicas, kurumes, satsukis, and some that I am not even sure of; but I have come to the conclusion...


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SUMMER ROOT GROWTH ON BALD CYPRESS

I was hoping to write this article and post it sooner, sometime around the end of October, but I did not have time to get it done.  So, I still thought I would share my experiences with this super species for bonsai.  If you have been reading on...


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THE GREAT BLIZZARD OF 2017

On December 9, 2017, the Heart of Dixie, got some snow.  I know that this is not a big deal for some of you who are reading this, but for those of us who live in Lower Alabama, it is magical, and, well, a catastrophe, too.  It is beautiful, but no...


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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...


Category: Tips and Tricks

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...


Category: Tips and Tricks

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

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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