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Bonsai Tools
Bonsai Scissors
Branch Cutters
Knob Cutters
Wire Cutters
Jin Pliers
Root Cutters
Trunk Splitters
Root Hooks
Rakes
Tweezers
Spatulas
Tool Sets
Sieves
Scoops
Bending Jacks
Turntables
Brushes
Bonsai Tool Sets
Bonsai Pots
Glazed 4" pots
Glazed 5" pots
Glazed 6" pots
Glazed 7" pots
Glazed 8" pots
Glazed 10" pots
Glazed 12" pots
Unglazed 8" pots
Unglazed 10" pots
Unglazed 12" pots
Unglazed 14"pots
Larger Pots
Round Pots
Cascade Pots
Shallow oval pots
Handmade Pots
Handmade Shohin Pots
Assorted odds and ends
Plastic Pots and drip trays
Bonsai Trees
Indoor Bonsai
Outdoor Bonsai

Bonsai Feed
Liquid Feed
Bio Gold pellets
Fertiliser Baskets

Bonsai Wire
Aluminium wire
Copper Wire

Bonsai Sundries
Wound Sealant
Cut Paste
Lime Sulphur
Jin Seal
Potting Mesh
Camellia Oil
Potting Mesh
Bonsai Soil
Akadama
Kiryu
Kiyodama
Kanuma
Indoor ready mix
Multipurpose Bonsai mix


GETTING STARTED IN BONSAI

                     The best way of getting started is undoubtedly to join a club (see club link) There are numerous clubs across the country where you will be warmly welcomed and be in the right place to receive sound practical advice. This is also a good source of material on which to work. Most enthusiasts have too many trees in their possession and are quite happy to unload the surplus on somebody else through the raffle table. Many clubs have a comprehensive library of Bonsai publications that can be loaned and most clubs organise trips to nurseries or obtain permission to collect trees from the wild. Rather than buying from garden centres where little or nothing will be available in the way of advice, seek out a specialised Bonsai nursery. The proprietors of these establishments are usually Bonsai enthusiasts before they are businessmen and would rather see you succeed with your trees than line their own pockets by selling something unsuitable.

          So what do you need in practical terms to start growing Bonsai.

  1. A basic understanding that what you are doing is growing a tree in a pot. It is a normal tree sharing the same genes as a full sized example of the same species. There is no such thing as a Bonsai tree. Nor are there special seeds for Bonsai. It is the skills and techniques applied by you that will determine to what extent your tree remains a perfect miniature work of art.
  2. A critical eye is useful. Sometimes it is a curse. I tend to be a perfectionist when working on trees but this is not a bad thing as it this search for perfection that maintains my interest.
  3. Time. If you are not willing or able to tend to your trees basic needs on a regular basis then Bonsai is not the hobby for you. Having said that, there are ways around many of the everyday problems caused by other commitments. What is essential is your dedication to make sure these measures are in place if required.
  4. A place to keep your trees. The majority of trees sold to the general public are intended to be kept indoors whilst the vast majority of trees grown by Bonsai enthusiasts are grown outdoors. This highlights the gap in understanding between the two. Let us compromise. If you have come into Bonsai through the acquisition of a mass-produced, off the shelf tree or you simply don't have a garden then you may want to grow just indoor trees. Bear in mind that there are only so many places in a house where trees can be successfully grown before other members of the household lose patience. Be realistic about what you can do based on your situation. It is possible and widely practiced, especially in America it seems, to grow trees under artificial lighting. This is an option worth considering but does involve a hefty initial outlay. Window-sills will suffice if you bear in mind that light only comes from one side and a plant that is tropical in nature will not appreciate being exposed to draughts or shut behind curtains. A conservatory would be a better place to keep indoor trees but since most truly indoor trees are tropical in their requirements then heating would be required through the winter that might work out expensive. Alternatively the same unheated conservatory, provided it is well ventilated and shaded during the summer can be used to grow outdoor species thus widening the options greatly. This choice is widened still further if space is available outside and the protection of a cold greenhouse or other custom built structure that is open but not exposed to the elements will provide what I consider to be the ideal conditions for most trees.
  5. A club. If you are serious about Bonsai then the advice and support offered by one of the many clubs scattered around the country will be invaluable. We have already seen the gulf between the service offered to the public and that required for the more serious. A decent club will fill that gap as will a visit to a reputable Bonsai nursery. By reputable I mean one that puts the further advancement of the hobby on the same level or above making a generous living.
  6. Patience. The greatest gift you can possess when starting out in Bonsai is patience. Trees need time to do what they do naturally. Forcing nature to rush things will only end in disappointment. Knowing how far is too far when working on a tree is something that can only come with experience.
  7. Trees. One of the myths about Bonsai is that you have to start from seed. This is not the case. On the other hand you definitely do not need to and categorically should not go out and spend money on the most expensive tree you can find. Firstly, growing from seed, whilst it is a feasible method of propogating new material is a long term project. It will be at least five years before you have anything substantial with which to work. What you need is something to practice techniques on. At the same time it should have some potential for making good Bonsai. There are a number of options. Your local garden centre or nursery is a good place to look. Avoid the Bonsai section, this is not what we're looking for. Head for the conifer section and find a nice bushy Juniper, Cedar or Yew. Look for a decent trunk base, some sort of taper as the trunk goes up or plenty of choice of side branches that might be bought up to form a new apex. Avoid hedging conifers, these are not suitable. Alternatively, you might find something already growing in the borders at home. Many traditional shrubs such as Fuchsia, Cotoneaster, Privet, Ceanothus , Pyracantha and Berberis can be used successfully. Whatever your choice, you now have your first tree. If it's not what you think of as Bonsai then this is the first lesson concluded. Now comes the exciting bit.
  8. Pots. You don't need to go out and buy expensive pots. Trees in the training phases will grow in exactly the same way in seed trays, plant pots or washing up bowls. Only spend money on an expensive pot if and when the tree justifies it. As the choice of pot is a critical part of the finished work, this is not something to be rushed into. There is a compromise between the two extremes. Low priced Korean and chinese pots look the part and make you feel like you're getting somewhere and Mica, a very dense plastic, is an ideal material for training trees in.
  9. Tools. A few years ago I would have advised against buying Chinese tools. However, times have changed and the good quality tools now being imported from China are ideal for beginners. Ultra cheap tools are still available so be wary. On the other hand if you are serious then invest in quality Japanese tools. If you're not sure then a good pair of kitchen scissors will be a good start until you get hooked. Then you can invest in the right tools for your level of committment.
  10. Compost. If you are repotting things at this early stage it can be bewildering the amount of different soil mixes that are used. A tried and tested formula for beginners and old hands alike is a mixture of fine grit(2-3mm) and sieved peat(or multipurpose potting compost) in equal volumes. I like to add an equal volume of danish pink cat litter also.
That's enough to get you started. If you have any other questions or simply want to know more, drop me a line.

 

WHAT IS BONSAI? - A brief introduction defining Bonsai

GETTING STARTED - A few simple pointers to get you going

TOOLS AND TECHNIQUES - An outline of the basic requirements

THE CHINESE ELM - Everybody starts here, some home truths

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS - A whimsical look at some common problems

BONSAI CALENDAR - What to do and when to do it

STYLING - DEVELOPING THE EYE - Slightly more advanced but essential

5 MINUTE RAFT PLANTING - A simple project

THE ILLUSION OF BONSAI - More food for thought

BONSAI SOIL - A look at the essential of mixing a good Bonsai potting medium

BONSAI FEED - An overview of feeding practices to get you thinking

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