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July 3, 2018

Banyan Bonsai from cuttings

Almost all Banyan Bonsai trees are grown from cuttings . Branch takes several weeks to some months to produce roots. when the plant is developing new roots and setteled, one can see the change in shoot system also, trunk line start gives new buds, leaves and branches. The Branch start growing. Allow the plant to grow at least for one year in the nursery bag / plastic bag. Then next year you can change it into a bonsai pot with proper training. Proper training means making the branch look like a tree in miniature form by cutting, pruning, wiring.
Here I am showing some plants grown from branches and are going to be as Bonsai trees after several years. These plants are just one or two years old plants.

As Great Grand Bonsai master John Naka Says "The Object of Making Bonsai not to look like a Bonsai, but to make Bonsai look like a tree". Bonsai tree meaning is it is miniature form of a tree growing in nature.
Any plant made from Branch cuttings it takes several years to look like a bonsai tree. 

This is little matured Banyan tree of 25 years. Any time a single mature Banyan Tree will have many trunks and support roots which gives the appearance of a many trees combined together or forest look of many trees. Banyan is a tropical plant and can be made into a Bonsai from branches. It is a Bonsai lovers Dream plant.

June 23, 2018

Making Bonsai Soil

Bonsai Soil Making
        The main ingredients for the development of the plant or any  living being is earth , air , water, sunlight and the open space  that is sky. On earth different varieties of soils are available. Clay soil is the one which is just like clay material, if you fold your hand with soil in it, it will become like a ball. Another is the red soil and other is the sand and some soils are the mixtures of this. The Bonsai plant grows in a small shallow container, with very less soil in it, so we have to provide the plant with necessary ingredients for its healthy growth.
        So the main and important medium for growth of the Bonsai plants is the Bonsai soil. It is a specially prepared soil which contains soil, manure for nutrients, conditioners and moisturizers. The required percentage of Ingredients of the soil differs from species to species.

        The porosity and water retention property of the soil depends on the type of the soil we are using. The plants growing in rain forests are having different root system due to their nature of the soil they are growing. Depending on the place they are living plants adapted to that environment, so we will see lot of variation of plants in tropical temperate regions.

          The study of plant species and its origin is more important when you are preparing the soil per that particular plant. The basic Bonsai soil is of two types, Bottom soil and the top soil. Bottom soil contains equal size of brick pieces.

Bottom soil: Take the brick pieces and pass it through a sieve which is having holes of 2 for 2.5 centimeters. Take the down the sieved portion and again sieve it through a sieve contains 4 holes for 2.5centimeters.The top brick pieces reaming in the sieve is the bottom bonsai soil. The brick pieces have the nature of holding the water for more time. They hold water and take air from the drainage holes and in turn they act as air conditioners in keeping the root system cooool. 

Bonsai soil: Bonsai soil is the main medium to keep the plant.
for making Bonsai soil we need 

Garden soil
Brick pieces

                 This is Garden soil

Now take, sieved down   portion of brick pieces and again sieve through a fine holed sieve and throw out the down portion of fine brick power. The top small brick pieces will be used in making Bonsai soil. Now this is the time to sieve the garden soil in the same manner and keep it a side.
 Small Brick Pieces Sieved through one more sieve 


Take Per-lite and cocopeat

Take completely dried, powered organic manure of one portion and one portion of sieved gardensoil.

Mix them completely by adding half or one fourth of sieved small brick pieces depending on the plant for which you are making Bonsai soil. Then add one third of cocopeat and perlite /vermiculite.

Mix all the ingredients and keep the soil in hot sun for a week or ten days. Other wise you can sterilize the soil and cool it for two days. This is the Bonsai soil for the Bonsai plants.

June 3, 2018

Chinese Banyan / Chinese Ficus tree care and maintenance

Chinese Banyan / Chinese Ficus tree care  and maintenance 

Chinese Banyan plant belongs to Ficus family and it can be called as fig. These plats are little hard varieties, they are good for beginners as a Bonsai plant , the natural shape it self will be in umbrella shape . Ficus plant is a tropical plant it needs lot of sunlight of 4 to 5 hours. During the summer months there are chances of leaf burning and Turning them  to brown colour due to excess heat. move the plant away from sunlight that time and keep it in a shady place. water twice a day during summer months. plant needs little dryness in between watering during winter and rainy season. soil should have proper drainage for proper grow of the plant. the plant needs cutting and pruning of branches, cut back two leaves after branch has developed  5 to 6 leaves. new shoots starts to grow on older branches once pruning is done by removing the new buds. plant needs regular fertilizing for its proper growth.   

May 17, 2018

Pine Bonsai

Pine Bonsai
Pine Plant has been given a shape by removing the branches which wont fit in to the design

Nursery Plant
Close look
Finished Pre Bonsai

Final design, still tree will needs to be refined in next few years

April 29, 2018

Selection of Branches for styling Bonsai Plant - Part Two

Selection of Branches for styling Bonsai Plant - Part Two

Styling Bonsai branches is very important because it gives a good look to the plant . Here in this video it is clearly shown how to select  branches, draw a  future plant, and how to give a shape to the Bonsai plant. Re potting of Plant and selection of pot was shown clearly in this video.
Same plant after Six months of training

                                                               Plant with full flowers

Link of Part one Blog of Bonsai Styling

January 24, 2018

How do I learn to grow a new bonsai banyan tree? A Question by a kid.

This was a question by a small kid . I got this email from school boy . then I thought of making a simple video of making Bonsai, just it shows the child how make bonsai. here the there is no drastic pruning of roots  or branches, survival rate of the plant is good. with this he gets confidence . and be ready to make many Bonsai s  at early age. My main aim to develop and  get confidence of what they are doing.
Bonsai basics made easy for children in this video, by seeing this video can child make a bonsai for himself, Bonsai is like meditation with this art children get confidence, concentration, patience. Their imagination and creativeness develops with Bonsai art.
I send him little notes about Banyan tree Bonsai. Here it is,
Banyan tree can be grown as a Bonsai tree. Banyan bonsai can be grown from branch cuttings or from nursery stock. If you are Beginner the best way to start is to buy a Banyan plant from a nursery. If the plant is small of one or two years old it will have a trunk of one feet and one or two branches, and less no of leaves. so there will less wiring or no wiring at all. the best method is clip and grow method that is remove the top buds , then the plant starts giving new side branches. This is for beginners who are doing on line, By this method the survival of plant chances are high, one will get confidence of doing a Bonsai on their own. 

Bonsai learning for kids made simple

Happy Bonsai

January 20, 2018

Selection of Branches for styling Bonsai Plant - Part one

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How to style a Bonsai tree,
In Bonsai Art selection of  branches is the key for shaping and styling a plant,  depending on the thickness of the trunk primary branch will be selected, it should be little thinner in diameter when compared to the trunk. secondary branch  more thinner than primary one. Branch selection should be like that they spread in all directions like,on right side one branch, left another or vice-versa, back another branch, as we go up branching will be in spiral form on the  trunk line. always primary branch will be little longer and thicker than secondary branch. secondary branch will be longer than third branch. Here we are flowing the styling of branches as if in nature. As the tree it starts giving branches, older branches at the base of trunk line will be thicker   As we go up to the top we will see  slim branches at top of the plant. Before cutting down the branches put a white sheet behind the branch, one can see clearly the flow of the trunk line and the branch. If any branch  to be removed cover that branch and observe the other branches. As john Naka said three " H " are very important one is Head to think  about the future shape of the plant, second is Heart  to cut the branch  gently  and third H is Hand  which follows the instructions  of  the other two.
In shaping a plant Branches play main important role giving a character to the plant that is the style of the plant. Our creativeness depends on the out put of the plant style. First study the plant in all directions, that is front and back or other side, Every nursery plant is having front and back side because in a nursery they stocked in groups adjustment to one another, plant facing the sunlight side will have more branches and other side which is close to another plant will have less branches. 
Before wiring and cutting Some basic rules we have to follow, these rules are framed by experienced Bonsai masters which are guide lines to follow for Beginners in Bonsai art.

One of the best way of getting an idea of styling a plant is to draw a picture of the plant how it will look like in future, with this drawing one will come to know which are the branches to keep and how to shape the plant by wiring.

First clear all wild plants, grass, dried branches at the base of trunk. if the plant is in a pot take out the plant from pot, if  the plant is in a bag remove the bag. Clear soil near the base of the trunk line and expose trunk. Remove all shoots coming up at the base of the trunk.

If there any two Branches originating from same place remove one of them, because there will be bulging at that point and it will look ugly, so it is better to remove one branch for smooth flow of  trunk line.

If plant is having growing two Branches exactly on opposite sides of the trunk line right and left side of the trunk, remove one of them. if right branch is removed at primary level of the trunk ,then remove left branch on secondary level, so there will be a spiral placement of branches in all directions.

Branches growing and facing directly towards your side called eye protruding branches. these branches disturbs clear vision of the trunk line. It is better to remove these branches.
If the branches which are growing straight up or down wont merge with the style of the plant, they can be removed. If  branches are less in number and  they are flexible, we can wire these branches and bend then as the way we wish to give a graceful look to the plant.

If Primary branch is thin when compared to secondary branch, make secondary branch as primary branch by removing primary branch.
Below is the Video which shows how to select branches for styling a Bonsai plant.

How to select Branches for Bonsai a tree


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