JBP, ‘arakawa’ from Telperion Farms

Nebari Bonsai

Bought this from Chris Kirk at Telperion Farms in December 2014. They’re great growers out in Oregon. If you don’t see what you’re looking for on their website definitely give them a call or email. They have lots of stock! Here is the tree as received:

I let it grow all year in 2015 without pruning. Just wanted to get to know the tree, walk around it for a while, and determine what side would present the best front. So here it is in March, 2016:




Trees grown for bonsai have good bases, movement, taper, considered trunk sections, branches at the outsides of curves, and several options for a front.

See all the small shoots popping at the big branches? Those will be used to make the final branches over the next few years. Smaller branches offer flexibility, ramification close to the trunk, add a refined…

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Exposed root black pines at the Green Club — Bonsai Tonight

A number of the Japanese black pines I’ve grown from seed have been developed in the exposed root style. It’s a fun style to work with as roots offer possibilities that aren’t always available for specimens whose roots are firmly secured in the pot. My first exposure to the style was at the Green Club…

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Bonsai grafting- scion technique

Capital Bonsai

The ability to cut a piece off of a plant and then reattach (graft) it back on to itself or another tree is nothing short of miraculous. Grafting is an invaluable technique in bonsai as it allows the artist to determine the location of each branch on the tree. It also allows the artist to replace the foliage as I talked about in an earlier post on approach grafting.

The success of a graft depends on two things, proper technique and proper aftercare. I’m always trying to understand both of these aspects better and had the opportunity to ask bonsai pro, Ryan Neil about his grafting technique.

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Approach-grafting black pine

Nebari Bonsai

This pine is one I’ve been working on for a few years now. For the decent trunk, movement, and good lower branches, the upper third needs a lot of work; particularly at the upper stovepipe-straight section of trunk. I tried a simple cleft graft in Feburary, but it didn’t take. Approach grafts are reliable and can be done at most any time. In June, I gave it a go:






In early January, I checked the progress, and it was positive. So I scraped the bark to expose the cambium, remove some of the crusty pitch, re-wrapped with Parafilm and secured it again with a wire. I’ll let it continue to knit this year and begin separating it in the fall.








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We all know the basic signs that are our pines are healthy – dark green foliage and long spring shoots. Green growth on a 12 year-old pine Vigorous spring shoot There’s another clear sign that pines are healthy that may not be as obvious. At first glance, the pine below looks like you would expect […]

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