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May 5, 2021

Clump style Bonsai

 Clump style Bonsai. It is one of the foremost ,beautiful style in Bonsai. According to the Great grand Master John Naka Sprout style is mentioned as Clump Style.Grand Master John Yoshio Naka with his Goshin  (means protector of spirits ) Bonsai.Goshin is protector of spirit is the name of this planting with junipers cheninsis plants named after his eleven grand children. In 1984 he donated it to National Bonsai Foundation    to be at US National Arberetum.  It is a Master Piece of all the time.

 Clump means a group of plants growing closely together. In clump style more than three plants up to 11 or more will be planted together as if they are growing in close nit as they are growing in group. 
According to some Bonsai masters clump style is also called as multi trunk style. In nature when seeds fall on the ground together at one place they sprout out shoots and all the shoots grow together make a clump style or sprout style.
The photo shows all the shoots are coming from one place. Custard apple fruit contains many seeds inside. Each seed has growing potential as a individual Custard tree. If the all seeds sprout out in to individual plants from a single fruit close together , they will look like Clump style. for example below photo explains it. 

                 

     

Plants that can be grown in to Clump Style

Some of the plants are that can be grown as Clump style. Below given are only examples . Many plants can be grown in to Sprout style.
Ficus Benjamina, Tamarind, Subabul, Pine, Redwood, Ashoka, Ficus microcarpa, Ficus retusa, Tigerbark, most of the Ficus varieties, jade, Maple, juniper. Chinese elm, Boxwood..
            

How to start growing a Clump Style 

Select seeds of a plant which you are growing them in to Clump style. Place them  in seed germinating tray and keep moisture in the tray, so the seeds develop in to shoots, They may take from few days some weeks. 
Some plants like Ficus Benjamina plant can be grown from cuttings. We can place the cuttings in the soil and let them develop roots. these rooted Ficus plants can be made in to clump style.

                                                                                      
Germinating seeds become individual plants, allow them to become strong as independent plants. 
Plants look like they belong to single root stock. Below is a subabul Plants made in to Clump style.

Some times  a single plant with multiple trunks is also called as Clump Style. In this Clump style Plant is only one and the root system is also only one. These trunks can not be separated they combined. If any time, want change the placement of the plants we can not do it in multi trunk style. 
                          
  In Clump style we choose plants of same species. One more point in Clump Style when you are selecting Plants 3 or 5 or 7 , select the plants like that if the main plant is straight the other plants also follow the same  rule. These rules of number of plants in Clump style are given for our convenience as a beginner to Bonsai art. If the style  looking perfect with four plants you can go with it. because nature wont follow these rules.
If the main plant is having curves select the remaining also curved plants. So there will be Harmony among the plants. The main plant is the tall one which will be  main attraction of entire style. And also Placement  of plants plays a very important role in Clump style. 
             
                                                                                 
This is one way of placement. Number one is the tallest plant will be placed leaving a viewing place in front of the main plant. So  there will be more depth for the style which gives a realistic look to the plant. Smaller plants will be kept behind and on sides. The arrangement should be like that there will be no two plants in the same line. That is the Natural way of arrangement as if the creation is as Natural as it is in Nature. For example if you are driving a car on a hill station , we find Big trees on our both sides and smaller ones at the horizon. We should feel like as if the realistic forest is in front of you. 
Bonsai is Nothing but it is creating trees in artistic way as if it is created by our Nature.
Clump Style is one of the Beautiful Styles of Bonsai owned by Great Grand Bonsai Masters. We are following their foot steps.

Apr 29, 2021

Styling Thuja Orientalis ( Morpunkhi ) on A rock penjing



 Morpunki it is also called as Thuja orientalis and also called as Platycladus. This is a good Plant for Bonsai. Thuja is of plant  like cypress and ever green. In favorable conditions it can be grown as a indoor Bonsai, otherwise it is a little shade loving plant. it can be grow up to 10 to 12 feet. It is a slow growing medicinal plant. The leaves of the plant grown in flatten manner new leaves will have light fresh green color and old ones will be in dark green color. 

I bought a Thuja plant from a nursery and thought of making it in to a Bonsai. 

                                                             Plant Before Pruning  

It is a nursery plant. just five years old. This plant is growing from branches, Thuja is slow growing plant with small tiny leaves. giving shape to this plant is little demanding job because of many small branches on the main trunk line. First we have to clean and clear the main trunk line by removing all small , tiny branches. then we get a clear view to wiring and styling of the plant. 
After some  cleaning we can see some space between branches and that gives a clear view for further steps of styling.
After Some pruning and cleaning


After Some wiring started styling Plant





By bending Morpunkhi , it was given a shape
After styling , its the time to repot the plant to a selected Bonsai pot. The pot and the plant should be synchronize and co exit in a natural way. 
This time instead of Pot a lawa stone is selected to place the plant as if it is growing from a mountain.
The Surface of stone is having good structure with small groves.

  

Select a best suitable place spot and angle on the rock to place the plant and make a grove by carving a notch to fit the plant in the rock.  

 
  
Plant will be place in this groove. 


Remove  some of soil and cut down the extra roots and place plant on the stone.


Click on this link for  Complete video of making 























Apr 16, 2021

How to develop radiating roots on a peepal Bonsai.

Developing Radiating roots on mame /shohin Bonsai 
Peepal as Ficus religiosa is a tropical plant . It is a best loved Bonsai of Bonsai lovers. This plant can be made in to a Big Bonsai or small Bonsai. This plant can be grown from seeds,  branches, air layering also. It is a  deciduous tree sheds its leaves once in a year before spring season. Peepal tree canopy usually grows in umbrella shape giving shade to many animals and people during hot summer months. The life span of a peepal tree is more than 150 years. this tree considered to be largest oxygen provider.

source is google image 

Here we can see clearly the development of Ficus religiosa tree roots. This is we can say radial development of  roots . it gives the tree a great  maturated and older look.
Bonsai is miniature form of a aged plant growing in Nature. Getting a matured look on Bonsai plants takes time, with patience we can develop our Bonsai plant as a Bonsai tree. 
Developing Radiating roots gives the plant a great look with good nebari. 
How to develop these roots is given in detail with photos and video. with patience we can develop these roots on our Bonsai peepal tree.

Peepal plant was already 5 years old. Height of the plant is three and half inches. It is already root bound and roots are coming out of the pot. Plant is taken out of the pot and long roots are reduced in length. leaving roots at the Base. 


            
              Bonsai Peepal is in Bonsai pot                            
 


                                  Most of the roots are reduced to fit the the plant in the pot.



One tile is selected and placed under the root base to make the roots to develop roots in all directions radially around the base of the trunk. By placing the tile the development of the roots will be in all directions. 


                                             Now the plant placed again in the Bonsai pot.
After six months again the repotting has taken is done.
Below photo is the roots are washed and the tile is again  placed back.






Again the plant is repotted in to the same Bonsai pot.

For more development of the roots Mame bonsai is placed in a big pot with soil. watering will be done regularly. The cool soil gives more moisture to Bonsai plant. makes more development of fibrous roots and root thickening takes place.
Video gives in detail step by step of  making



 

Apr 10, 2021

Penjing How to Make your Rock Penjing more beautiful

Bonsai and Penjing. Bonsai is a creation of artists reflection, usually single tree with detailed Beautiful expression of a huge tree of nature in miniature form. Penjing is a Cinese version of Bonsai with one or more trees in land scape showing rocks, water, with land covering plants, figurines . Entire creation will be a pleasing piece of Nature.

This is last year picture just planted trees on the rock. First one on the top is planted inside the whole of rock. the specialty of this stone is it contains more holes and rock is soft, with chisel or saw on e can give a shape. Here this rock base is not stable so to make it stable two more other small rocks were fixed with glue to sit in the pot firmly. then the plants are arranged on the rock on three sides . here plants are three different varieties , but the leaves size is small and and of same size. when you are selecting plants to place on rock selection of same variety or same size leaves are preferable, usually we select small size leaves, that goes in harmony with the rock. if they are big they wont be a balance between rocks and the plants and your creation wont go well. These plants are pre Bonsai which were already in shape by cutting and pruning and wiring.



Placing plants in cervices of the rock and covered roots with sphagnum moss to keep moisture and to avoid roots from getting dry. 
This year the side plant was dried completely leaving empty space there. 


Then for restoration new plants are added and base of the rock was covered with some land covering plants like sedum.



The entire arrangement can be viewed in below video link 






Apr 3, 2021

How to Graft a Branch On Bonsai tree

 Grafting

Its a magic word. Many of us garden lovers feel like doing grafting on our plants and creating a different varieties. Usually many gardeners do grafting to enhance the plant by creating a new look to the plant and to produce new varieties of plants,. Another importance of grafting is to make the plant to produce more and quality fruits at a early stage. Some times grafting method gives new life to that plant by repairing a damaged area or side of the plant with a graft.

There are different methods of Grafting is there. Each method is having a specific name depending on the type of grafting. Grafting is also horticulture science perfect cut and union plants gives success. 

When we are doing Grafting we have to remember there are two parts one is root stock and second is scion. Root stock is the plant which is undergoing graft and scion may be a branch od the same plant or another plant which is going to have union with root stock.


Root stock and scion plays a main role in grafting. 
There is a lots of difference between air layering and grafting, In air layering from one plant we are getting two plants. but in Grafting two plants are merging together to become one plant.
In this chapter we are going to learn about Inarching grafting and learning step by step of connecting a  branch on root stock of the same plant. usually this procedure is followed by most of the Bonsai
 enthusiast. This method helps the plant to have a branch where it is needed.



Usually Bonsai artists use this method , where the trunk line is long and not having any branches and needs a branch. First select the place where we want to graft the branch. mark that place.
With a sharp knife remove the bark where it marked  on trunk and the branch. and join them with a tape as shown in the video.
And bring both together and join them with a tape.



The region where graft is done should place to gather with out any air gaps and seal two branch and trunk line together with insulation or graft tape. 

Seal the graft with glue gun or wax or m seal , so that wont allow water or air enter in to the graft.

Keep this plant in a shade to protect from direct sunlight. Merging or uniting branch to the trunk takes one season, wait till that time. 


     

Then remove the  tape gently without hurting the grafted area. Now cut the branch below where grating has  done and separate it.

Now our plant is having a new branch on the trunk line. this is the beauty of Grafting , it changes the look of the entire plant.
Entire video of grafting is available on link below



Mar 28, 2021

How to make Buxus in to Multi trunk style Bonsai.

 Buxus is a good material to make it in to Bonsai. Buxus is sun loving tree and more water. It likes moist soil for its health growth. it can be trained in to any style, mostly multi trunk style because of its habit of growing suckers at the base of the trunk.

Buxus Bonsai making

https://youtu.be/Y25RqNqx4IM





Classic Flower Arrangement



This box is used as Flower arrangement base
     
                                Separate the Box cover and by cutting it with a sharp blade

                                                                            
Now cover will be facing the box

                                                                                   
to fix it properly cut the edges put glue and paste it