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"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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BALD CYPRESS REPOT

The following work was done in February of this year (2017).  I wanted to use this repot as an example of the root and tree growth that can be achieved by submerging your bald cypress trees in a tub of water Spring through fall.  If you would like...


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LARGE FICUS FOREST REPOT

The following repot was performed in late July of 2016. I decided to write an article about it in case there was an interest in repotting a large tree or group planting. It was a major undertaking that took several hours, in the rain some of the...


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A NEW POT

I received a new pot in the mail today, I had won it on the 99 Cent Bonsai auction page on Facebook page.  I is a nicely made pot with a great finish.


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FICUS BENJAMINA DEFOLIATION AND WIRE

I had a little time a few days ago, I decided to defoliate this ficus and give it a rewire.  Normally you would not defoliate this late in the year, but here in the deep South we still have another month or so of warm weather and the tree should...


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REVIEW: DRAMM 1000PL WATER BREAKER NOZZLE

If you read the how-to article that I wrote about building your own watering wands, you saw that I used the “shower heads” off of the old wands that I threw away.  One of the heads gave a nice soft flow, it was the purple one, but the other two did...


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AT A LOSS FOR WORDS

It has taken me a week or so to get over the rage and kicking myself in the rear to get up the nerve to write this post.  While out watering my plants, I came to the stand where my favorite satsuki azalea lives, only to find it upside-down on the...


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SUBMERSION OF BALD CYPRESS FOR INCREASING TRUNK GIRTH

This topic is almost as hot as the subject of bonsai soil.  Just mention that you grow your bald cypress in a tub of water and you will get all kinds of hate mail.  Most will tell you that you don’t need to submerge them to get them to grow well....


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THE SECRET LIVES OF APHIDS

Today, while watering my trees, I noticed that the newer growth on my dwarf crepe myrtles (I think the Chickasaw variety) was looking yellow and sickly.  A few causes flashed in my mind; first was the heat, it has been incredibly hot these past few...


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MUST HAVE TOOL

Today, I picked up a must have tool or bench accessory that all aspiring bonsai artists just can't be without.


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