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My summer apprenticeship has certainly been keeping me busy, leaving very little time for these blog posts! As the waning heat of the summer transitions into the coolness of the upcoming autumn season, watering requirements begin to lessen there is a bit more time for pruning, wiring and other tree work. Here are some of […]

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The heat, humidity and long sun exposure of the summer makes it an excellent time for working on tropical bonsai since the trees are growing rapidly and will quickly recover from work. That’s especially important in a display collection such as the one at the National Bonsai and Penjing Museum. One of my favorite tropicals […]

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Working at the National Bonsai and Penjing Museum has provided me so many opportunities to develop and practice my bonsai skills.  Last week, I got the chance to learn and practice a bonsai technique that had read about but had not yet performed in my bonsai career: decandling on Japanese Black Pine (Pinus thunbergii). In […]

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The mid-May to early June period marks the azalea blooming season, which means about 3 weeks packed with tasks to maintain azaleas at peak health. Azaleas blooming early in the season will need to have the spent flowers (and any remaining ones) removed to prevent the development of seed pods, which sap energy away from […]

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One of the most interesting aspects of bonsai is their legacy. The tree that rests upon our benches today may have lived multiple human lifetimes before even starting its training in a pot as bonsai. From that starting point, the tree enters into the daily care of watering, styling, fertilizing, and management of pests. Even […]

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