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Shohin Bonsai by Mike Lane

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 [...]

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Melon Seed Ficus Article by Jason Osborne

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 [...]

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Buttonwood Bonsai Article – by Jason Osborne

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 [...]

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Brazilian Raintree

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.

By | 2014-02-01T18:04:18+00:00 February 1st, 2014|Articles|Comments Off on Brazilian Raintree

Wigert’s Bonsai Basics

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.

By | 2014-01-29T18:22:49+00:00 January 29th, 2014|Articles|Comments Off on Wigert’s Bonsai Basics

Dwarf African Strangler Fig, Ficus natalesis Care Sheet

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 [...]

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Dwarf Black Olive, Bucida Spinosa Care Sheet

DESCRIPTION Spiny Black Olive, Dwarf black olive Though commonly called “black olive” this tree does not produce an edible olive, but rather a small seed pod. Native to the Caribbean and the Florida Keys this delicate tree grows into a bonsai almost by itself! It is a evergreen tree, with a smooth gray - brown [...]

By | 2014-01-29T18:18:36+00:00 January 29th, 2014|Articles|Comments Off on Dwarf Black Olive, Bucida Spinosa Care Sheet

Limoncillo (Limeberry) Triphasia trifolia Care Sheet

Limeberry, Limoncillo Triphasia trifolia Origin: Java, Indonesia, Suriname, and Puerto Rico Description: A member of the rutacae (citrus) family.  Grows as a shrub to a height of 9 feet.  It has trifoliate dark green leaves, and small white fragrant flowers.  It has small thorns, and half inch round red fruit.  The fruit is edible and [...]

By | 2014-01-29T18:14:58+00:00 January 29th, 2014|Articles|Comments Off on Limoncillo (Limeberry) Triphasia trifolia Care Sheet

Jaboticaba, Myrciaria cauliflora Care Sheet

Origin: Jaboticaba’s are perhaps the most popular native fruit-bearers of Brazil. They have been cultivated since pre-Columbian times throughout Brazil not only for their fruit but also as ornamental trees. They were introduced to the United States in the early 1900’s. Description: The bark of the Jaboticaba is very smooth, with a mottled creamy tan [...]

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Father and Son Style Bonsai

Wigerts Mango Grove & Nursery * Erik Wigert Double trunk style - Sokan from a Twin tree - Soju *Father / Son planting Overview: Double trunk style is composed of two trunks sharing the same root system. The double trunk style is commonly found in nature and may occur naturally from a side sprout or [...]

By | 2014-01-29T18:09:38+00:00 January 29th, 2014|Articles|Comments Off on Father and Son Style Bonsai