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 pound bag.  I checked with my local store and they had it, so I bought a bag.


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 quality tools, made of good steel that holds an edge well.  I received the thinning shears as a Christmas present from Favorite Minion, she saw me lusting over them at the local Ace Hardware.


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 should an aspiring bonsai artist do?  Is there a middle ground?  I personally think that sealing wounds is a good idea and helps them heal quicker.  I don’t seal everything, unless it is and azalea, just larger wounds on a trunk or the ends of pruned branches that are larger than 1/8 inch.


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