Bonsai Basics: A Step-By-Step Guide To Growing, Training & by Christian Pessey

By Christian Pessey

This uncomplicated consultant for first-time bonsai growers, with effortless directions and greater than 2 hundred full-color images and drawings, covers settling on a hardy specimen; the necessities of pruning, wiring, and getting older; and protecting your bonsai fit. examine the various sorts of bonsai shaping, very important tree varieties, wooded area groupings, and more.

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PREPARING CUTTINGS: If leafy, keep onl y the upper leaves. Cut off a portion of the remaining leaves to limit transpiration and subsequent dehydration of the cutting. Remove the lower leaves, but take care to retain the buds in their axils. Dip the bases of the cuttings in hormo ne powder, then gently shake off excess. PLANTING THE C UTTING: Give the contents of the pot a good watering: the best way is to stand the pot in water. Make a hole in the compost for the cutting with a stick or pencil.

Lightly pat down the soil with a small wooden presser. Sow the seeds thinly so they are not overcrowded when they germinate. Large seeds can be sown individually, smaller seeds sown with a seeder. If you do not have a seeder, use a piece of stiff cardboard folded in two from which the seeds are gently tapped. Now cover the seeds with a layer of compost passed through a fine sieve. The depth of compost covering the seeds will vary with the size of the seeds. The largest will need 1- 2 em G-~ in) layer of compost, whereas smaller seeds require only a mere dusting.

In air layering, a ring is cut in the branch chosen. The incision is treated with hormone rooting powder and wrapped in damp moss. It is then enclosed in polythene. 46 OBTAINING YOUR BONSAI Grafting l. Approach grafting: a sliver of bark is cut from stock and scion and the two are placed alongside and tied together. 2. After the graft has taken: the scion is growing in exactly the same line as the stock. J Cleft and crown grafts require a clean, horizontal cut in the parent stock. Trim the newly-made cut with a pruning knife.

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