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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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