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The Artwork of Rising Miniature Bonsai


At their most up-to-date assembly one in every of my bonsai golf equipment (I now belong to 2) had a captivating speaker, Hennie Reyneke, who’s well-known for his mame bushes.

Hennie holding a little bit Ficus Burtt-Davyi

I’ve seen his bushes earlier than and was delighted to get the chance to see how he creates his little masterpieces.

After all, as is the case with larger bushes, creating good mame takes time, however seeing tiny cuttings reworked into the skeleton on which future bonsai will likely be constructed was actually inspiring and made me really feel a little bit bit responsible about a few of the cuttings I’ve thrown away recently. I do nonetheless nonetheless have numerous small rooted cuttings that I can play with and having already began attempting to downsize a few of my very own bushes, I really feel sure that that is the proper manner for me to go.

Here’s a shut up of Hennie pruning one tiny tree:

One other being wired:

And the identical tree after a little bit pruning:

As with all bushes, it is crucial that all the pieces is in proportion for miniatures, so it is best to select species with leaves that are in a position to scale back properly. Flowers and fruit have to be naturally small as their measurement can’t be diminished. Large flowers and fruit on a tiny tree will look flawed!

Among the species that Hennie advisable for miniatures are Maples, Celtis, Ficus, Cotoneaster, Pyracantha, Buxus and Lonicera, in addition to conifers like Juniper Procumbens Nana.

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When you’ve acquired the endurance to take action, rising from seed is an effective strategy to develop mame bonsai as a result of you’ll be able to create taper and steadiness with out the scarring brought on by heavy cuts. Hennie additionally talked about that fig varieties develop a thick buttress base if grown from seed. I’ve no quick plans for attempting that although as I’ve managed to develop ficuses with good bases from cuttings, root cuttings and air layers. I am actually proud of the bottom of the Ficus Natalensis within the final picture in this submit. That little tree was grown from a root reducing.

Miniature bonsai can after all even be created from small collected bushes or nursery inventory.

It is very important prune your little bushes frequently to maintain them in form (one thing I am usually responsible of forgetting) and they need to be repotted every year, eradicating heavy roots to encourage the event of a superb root system.

One of the crucial tough elements of caring for miniatures is seeing that they’re watered appropriately. A great way to keep away from them drying out is to face the little pots in a shallow tray with damp river sand or gravel, offering humidity to your little bushes. Nevertheless over watering will result in root rot, so drainage is simply as necessary as it’s with bigger bushes.

One of many kinds I’ve by no means tried rising is root over rock. I’ve all the time felt that the rocks will make them too heavy for me too deal with. Nevertheless Hennie confirmed us a miniature root over rock Ficus, so I assume I now not have an excuse not to do this fashion.

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