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Live Q&A on the Bonsai Empire Facebook Page

I’m excited to share an event with the readers, I’ve been asked by Oscar, from Bonsaiempire.com, to participate in a new series of live Q&A’s on the Bonsai Empire Facebook Page. The link to watch and join in is here: https://www.facebook.com/events/386790508344673/  … Continue reading

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Bunjin or literati, what do you call it? YouTube video 

New video is out over on the adamaskwhy channel.  Click here to watch http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=whLHiiImaVg I have a bit of fun in this one. 

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Time of the ficus

 I’m taking a break from the broad leaf and starting with some tropical bliss, which could be read a few different ways. But what it means is, are you ready for some ficus? How’s this for growth?   Talk about huggie-branches, … Continue reading

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Some tricks I’ve learned about air-layering

It’s May, which means it’s air-layering time for me here in Florida. I have quite a workload of air-layers lined up this month but I thought I’d share some tips I’ve learned along the way. One of the easiest trees … Continue reading

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What shall you do with a ginseng ficus?

Look at them. They’re tempting, aren’t they? This is the tree that seems to be supplanting the juniper as the official “mallsai” We call it the “ginseng” ficus, although it really has nothing to do with ginseng. I believe it’s … Continue reading

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How I make bonsai soil

As a follow up to my post on soil ingredients (click here….now!) here are my soil composition percentages and sifting techniques. Remember, though, that this soil is what works for me. It also works for many others out there but … Continue reading

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Never Pinch Junipers!

This is from one of my favorite bloggers Michael Hagedorn. I think this may be why so many juniper corpses litter the burn piles all across the US. Take heed! Click on the link Never Pinch Junipers!.

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