Category Archives: branch placement

Willow-leaf ficus, one of my winnings from the Auction

Here’s a tree I practically stole at the Multiclub Auction the other day. It amazes me the price it went for, similar trees on some of the sales tables up in New York were priced at $150, 200, $250. Granted, … Continue reading

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This was a “ginseng” ficus, now please stop saying they’re not good bonsai subjects

I really didn’t want to write this post as anything other than a straight update and technique post. But I seem to have not only thrown a rock at a hornets nest, but I’ve knocked it down and danced naked … Continue reading

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Dare I call it a ginseng ficus? What does that mean anyway?

My work area is getting worn out. Like my soul. The black background is really taking a beating, with me breakdancing on it and all. The headspins, windmills and backspins are taking their toll. And the stainless steel bench….smh. Sorry … Continue reading

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Here’s an unusual tree , you might remember it

Check this out! Uhhhh….what in da hell?! Those are itty bitty figs. I’ve written about this tree before in this post. It’s a ficus triangularis. I know what you’re thinking. I have a defoliation fetish but no, this time, I … Continue reading

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Initial potting and wiring of a dwarf jade

Last Sunday, my friend Barb came over to have me help her work on some of her trees. There was a tamarind, an ilex, a sweet little green island ficus and others. We did quite a bit but what I … Continue reading

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Three elms, three ways, three beers

I’m three beers in and it occurs to me that I should be documenting this. Whoops, I need my black backdrop. It’s amazing what a difference a backdrop makes in photographing a tree. That will be the first lesson of … Continue reading

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Dwarf Jade Bonsai Techniques

Here’s a tree: It needs trimming, wiring and repotting. Portulacaria afra, Latin meaning “leaves like a portulaca” (which is known as purslane and moss rose) and “african” (it’s native to Africa). The portulacaria afra is called “dwarf jade” by many … Continue reading

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