Tips, Tricks, and Bonsai Techniques

Because Everybody Likes To Save A Buck, Or Three

I hope to use this page to share some of the tips, products, and techniques that I use to create bonsai. This is by no means the only way to accomplish any one of these ideas or tasks but just how I have worked things out. Some of them are established bonsai techniques and some are things that I have "borrowed" or learned from others, if I can recall who I learned or borrowed them from, I will mention them in the article. Other techniques may be purely my own.

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I hope you find them useful...

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...


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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...


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BONSAI SOIL, HEART OF DIXIE STYLE

No bonsai site would be complete without bonsai soil article, so here is what I use and it works great, your mileage may vary… Mention bonsai soil on any of the bonsai forums on the internet and you will virtually start a war! Everyone has their...


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A MONEY SAVING TIP FROM THE HEART OF DIXIE

As I had mentioned earlier,I hope to use the pages to show some of the tips that we use in the Heart of Dixie.  There are a lot of "ordinary" items that can be purchased that can be substituted for bonsai things.


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YOU SPIN ME RIGHT ROUND, BABY...

If you have been in the bonsai game for any length of time, you have probably discovered that a turn-table comes in very handy when styling your trees.  I have tried several over the years, but none seemed to last, so I made my own.


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WIRE STRAIGHTENER

If you have been in the hobby any length of time and wire your trees, you will soon collect a large amount of used wire.  I usually unwire by hand and only use the wire cutters for the larger wire, say 5mm or more for aluminum or 14 gage for...


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WINGADINGS

Wingadings, I know, it is a strange name, but what else are you gonna call them, in one word?  There are as many ways to secure screen to the drain holes in your pot as there are bonsai soil recipes.  Wait, you are using screens over your drainage...


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WATERING WANDS

Over the years, I have purchased many different watering wands from various places. It doesn't seem to matter where you buy them, Lowe's, Home Depot, Walmart, Kmart (if you can find one, I miss me a good blue light special), they are all of the...


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