It was great having Juan Andrade from Costa Rica, here at Wigert's Bonsai!! Juan just got back from his apprenticeship in Japan, and we were so glad to have him here to fine tune the skills of our bonsai students and enthusiasts in the art of Junipers, specifically Shimpaku Junipers. Everyone had a great time, [...]
We are prepared here in SW Florida for the cold front the has covered the country in frigid temperatures, and we thought we would take some time to share with you how we went about protecting our plants from the cold, and give you some tips and advice from bonsai enthusiasts all over the country, [...]
It's always a wonderful experience having Marc Noelanders return to Wigert’s Bonsai to teach workshops to our students! Erik and I met Marc at Brussels Bonsai Rendouvous 2011 show. We really enjoyed his work and thought he had incredible talent! We knew immediately we wanted him to be a artist for one of our events. Throughout [...]
COLLECTING HOLIDAY DONATIONS Each holiday season Wigert's Bonsai Nursery chooses a local non-profit to collect donations for! Since we LOVE animals here at Wigert's, we have selected Helping Paws Animal Sanctuary in St. James City as our cause this year! WHAT DO WE LOVE ABOUT THIS FELINE SANCTUARY? We love that this no-kill feline sanctuary because [...]
SHOHIN BONSAI KEYPOINTS What are Shohin bonsai- Shohin bonsai are typically under 10 inches from the soil to the top of the tree. Mame bonsai, a sub-category of shohin, are bonsai under 4 inches from the soil to the top of the tree. More about feel. Trees should be physically small and express the feeling [...]
Ficus “Melon seed” Bonsai Ficus retusa var. melon seed With more than 1500 species of Ficus, 800 of which are actual trees it is exciting to find a new cultivar to bonsai. The “melon seed” as we know is great bonsai material due to tiny leaves. I have found that the interior leaves may grow [...]
Buttonwood Bonsai Conocarpus Erectus The buttonwood is native to tropical America and Africa. It is an absolute must for tropical bonsai. Known for their hard wood, natural Jins and amazing Shari collected buttonwoods are one of the most sought after species for bonsai. Sometimes included in the mangrove family, it is not a true mangrove [...]
I was always drawn to this species since I first noticed the delicate compound leaves and interesting growth pattern it exhibits. The Brazilian Rain Tree is native to South America,more specifically Brazil. It is a tree that can grow to over 15 feet tall, and spread over 18 feet in diameter. It has crooked stems and branches, thorns, and a peeling grayish bark. It has compound leaves with 3 pairs of bipinnate leaves. It has white flowers and corkscrew shaped seed pods.
Keep your bonsai in a well lighted area they grow best in a location which receives morning sun and afternoon shade. The morning sun is not as hot and dehydrating as the afternoon sun. Bonsai are not houseplants so they should be kept outdoors. A screen porch is ideal there they can receive filtered light. You need to protect them from strong winds and temperature extremes.
Ficus natalensis Also known as the natal fig tree Characteristics: Epiphytic or terrestrial shrub or tree, if epiphytic sometimes becoming a strangler. In favorable conditions can reach heights of 90 feet tall. Long leathery spatula shaped leaves. Temperature: Grows well between 59 and 75 degrees. However will tolerate hot summers in south Florida up to [...]