Bonsai Techniques

Bonsai Techniques

Air Layering

by Lew Buller

What is air layering? It is the creation of a new set of roots above the level of existing roots. By contrast, ground layering creates a new set of roots on a part of a plant that has been pinned to the ground and covered with soil.

Bonsai Techniques

Fertilizing

by Lew Buller

Japanese bonsai masters have been coming to California for years, either to demonstrate at conventions or to visit friends, or both. When they visit the bonsai collections here, they politely state “Your trees are under-fertilized.”

Bonsai Techniques

Raffia

by Lew Buller

grass skirt

For a special occasion, I made my wife a grass skirt. She wore it once and after that I was left with a lot of raffia and a need to find new uses for it.

Bonsai Techniques

Taking Photos of Bonsai

by Lew Buller

Equipment 

Cell phone—If you have a cell phone, you know you can take photos with it. If you have it set up to send email to your computer, you can email the photos to it. Send them as attachments, save them and then open the saved files with a directory search, which should also allow you to preview the photos at full page size.

Bonsai Techniques 

Tools

by Lew Buller

Over a period of about 10 years, I spent the better part of $1,000 on tools. It sounded better if I told my wife I was spending only about $100 a year on tools.

Bonsai Techniques

Transplanting

by Lew Buller

healthy roots

A Chinese Hackberry that I have been growing for about 15 years provides a good example of the need for transplanting regularly and at the best time of year.

Bonsai Techniques

Wiring

by Lew Buller

Anodized aluminum wire is used on deciduous and thick-barked trees. It is less expensive and more easily available than copper wire. I used it until I learned to use copper wire and then used that almost exclusively.