Bonsai Articles by Brent Walston and other authors
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- Air layering,
- Bareroot seedlings,
- Beginners Page,
- Beginner's First Bonsai
- Black Pine, Training,
- Black Pine, Growing,
- Bonsai tools,
- Botanical plant names,
- Copper Wire (annealing),
- Copper and Aluminum Wire (hardening and annealing),
- Dormant evergreens,
- Fall Repotting,
- Fastest growth ,
- Fertilize your bonsai,
- Fertilizing too much?,
- Flowering Quince,
- Forest bonsai,
- Freeze damage in woody plants,
- Graft problems,
- Growth principles,
- Indoor bonsai ,
- Japanese Maple,
- Leaf size ,
- Nursery grown plant material,
- Olive for bonsai,
- Pest and diseases,
- Pruning and Pinching,
- Understanding Pruning,
- Pruning bareroot seedlings,
- Red Maple for bonsai,
- Rootballs, intact and rootbound,
- Root damage from heat,
- Root growth, avoiding overpotting,
- Root pruning,
- Rules of bonsai,
- Sharpen tools,
- Soil Aging,
- Soil: Why the earth is not like a pot,
- Spider Mites,
- Stainless tools,
- Trunks, developing,
- Watering automatically,
- Watering bonsai,
- Western evolution of bonsai,
- Wire, annealing copper,
Bonsai Articles by Brent Walston
Beginner's Page: What are Bonsai?
A primer for beginners. This article gives the very basic information for creating and maintaining bonsai. Key words are highlighted so that you can link to a more indepth discussion.
Propagation of Woody Plants by Cuttings
A primer on starting plants from cuttings at home.
Root Pruning Bare Root Seedlings
A discussion of root pruning field grown bare root seedlings to quickly achieve a strong shallow root system for bonsai.
How to Germinate SeedA primer on starting woody plants from seed.
Taxonomy: Plant Names Made EasyA primer on botanical plant names. Very simple and easy to understand directions for using and understanding the correct names of plants.
Root Grafts for BonsaiAvoiding graft problems in bonsai.
Nursery Shopping for Bonsai MaterialAn article to introduce the beginner to the world of bonsai by providing guidelines for the selection of nursery grown plant material for bonsai.
Growing and Pruning Black Pine for BonsaiA detailed description of how to prune Japanese Black Pine for bonsai.
Cedars for BonsaiA brief look at the use of cedars in bonsai, including the various species, their care, and their use in formal upright and cascade styles.
How to Reduce the Size of LeavesThis article discusses the use of growth principles to influence the size of leaves and the length of internodes in bonsai.
Japanese Maple for BonsaiA discussion of seedling and cultivar types of Japanese Maple that are suited for various bonsai styles and sizes.
Using Principles of Growth to Manipulate Plants for BonsaiAn introduction to three simple basic growth principles that form the basis for most bonsai growing techniques.
Flowering Quince for BonsaiA short summary of Flowering Quince cultvars and culture for bonsai.
Crabapples for Bonsai Propagation, selection, and training of Crabapple cultivars for use in bonsai.
Factors that Influence WateringA list of the factors that determine how fast container plants will dry out, and using them to create strategies for watering bonsai.
Soils for Containers and BonsaiA basic primer on soils, including the concept of soil collapse.
Creating a Forest Bonsai A brief description of the styling considerations for creating a bonsai forest or group planting.
Integrated Pest Management for Bonsai A look at the use of cultural, biological, and chemical controls for pest and diseases.
American Bonsai Styles An essay on the western evolution of bonsai.
Cotoneaster for Bonsai Some tips on species selection and styling of Cotoneaster for bonsai.
Developing Large Trunks for Bonsai A system for growing the largest trunks in the shortest period of time, and how proper trunk development also includes branch placement.
Obtaining Maximum Growth in Pre-Bonsai An internet discussion between John Powers and Brent Walston on how to obtain the fastest growth for trees in training.
Sharpening Bonsai Tools How to sharpen the most common bonsai tools.
Growing Bonsai Indoors How to grow bonsai indoors.
The 'Rules' of Bonsai A distillation of the conventions of bonsai. Use these rules to create pleasing bonsai.
Fertilizing Your Bonsai A complete discussion of how and when to fertilize your bonsai
Dormancy and Indoor Bonsai The role of dormancy in temperate climate plants and how it affects keeping them indoors.
Root Pruning A discussion of the mechanics and timing of root pruning.
Over Wintering Bonsai How to keep your bonsai alive and happy through the long cold winter.
Western Sources of Bareroot Seedlings Where to find field grown bareroot seedlings at reasonable prices.
Beginner's First Bonsai How does a beginner start practicing bonsai?
Growing Black Pine for Bonsai The growth characteristics of Japanese Black Pine.
Aging of Container Soils A more indepth discussion of the interaction of plant roots and
Spider Mites! Everything you ever wanted wanted to know about
Pruning and Pinching The differences between, and the effects of
Pruning and Pinching
A Drip Mist System for Bonsai Creating an Automatic Watering system for bonsai using drip watering parts.
Why the Earth Is Not Like a Pot Why planting in the earth is not like planting in a pot and other soil mysteries explained.
Fall Repotting The advantages and dangers of fall repotting.
Understanding Pruning A physiological approach to Pruning. This is a followup of the article on Pruning.
Intact Rootball Vs. Rootbound A description of the stages of root colonization in containers from an intact rootball to rootbound conditions.
Edited by Robert Potts
Overpotting A description of the soil physics of overpotting and how to avoid it.
Edited by Robert Potts
Bonsai Articles by other authors
Light Requirements for Dormant EvergreensA short discussion on some research into the rate of photosynthesis in dormant evergreens, and some strategies for overwintering based on light needs. By Andy Walsh.
Freeze Damage in Woody Plants An excellent in depth article about the mechanism of freezing in plants and the strategies necessary to deal with it. By Andy Walsh.
Using Fungicides to Control Bonsai Diseases A short discussion on the proper use of fungicides on bonsai by Nina Shishkoff.
Olive for Bonsai An excellent description of the genus Olea, Olive, and some practical tips on its use and culture for bonsai. By Marco Favero
What is Air Layering? A short explanation of the physiology of air layering propagation. By Andy Walsh
The Red Maple as Bonsai A discussion of the use of this widespread American species, Acer rubrum for use as bonsai. By Jim Lewis.
Annealing Copper Wire A short discussion of the process and the physics of annealing copper wire for bonsai. By Marty Weiser.
Copper and Aluminum Wire An indepth discussion of the physics of hardening and annealing of wire. By Marty Weiser
Root Heat in Containers Can the sun heat up your bonsai pots to the point of causing root damage? By Andy Walsh.
The Limits of Fertilization How do I know when I am fertilizing too much? By Andy Walsh.
Stainless Steel Versus Carbon Steel Tools A discussion of the merits of these two types of steel to help you decide which kind of bonsai tools to buy. By Marty Weiser.
Rosemary for Bonsai The culture and cultivars of Rosemary, Rosmarinus, for bonsai. By Matthew Ward
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