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Jun 13, 2022

Fertilizers for a Bonsai plant to have healthy Growth

 Fertilizers for a Bonsai plant to have healthy Growth 

Gardening for me is an excellent Hobby to keep myself in a positive way and keep occupied  with plants. Bonsai is my love and I can say it's like the art of meditation to me. Bonsai means not only cutting, pruning and repotting , it the way of life relaxing back , watching them and enjoying the way they are growing. When the  bonsai starts flowering or fruiting the pleasure of doubles, its a feast on eyes. There is lots of hard work behind growing Bonsai is regular maintenance  and it is more important to have  a healthy growth in the plant. 

During this journey the plant needs lots of fertilizers, for that they are two types of fertilizers . 

One is organic and the second is inorganic.  Both are important.  When we do repotting after some time the fertility of the soil reduces because nutrients taken by the plant. Because plant is growing in the limited soil of the pot. To have proper growth, fertilizers play an important role in the plant development. Organic fertilizer like cow dung,  seaweed, or neem cake fertilizer takes lots of time to mix with the soil. So the frequency of providing fertilizer will be once in three months. 

Inorganic fertilizer is like instant food for plants. There are two types, one is the main fertilizer like NPK. That is nitrogen,  phosphorus and potassium.. After repotting NPK is important for good root growth and healthy growth in the shoot system. This chemical fertilizer is water soluble and should be used in dilute quantities once in a month. 

 Then liquid multinutrient fertilizer is also needed for the plant . Before using liquid fertilizer read the instructions carefully and start using once in a month. NPK and liquid fertilizer to be used alternatively once in fortnight. All these fertilizers help the plant to have complete growth and help the plants to have healthy growth and good quality of flowers and fruits.

 

Below link is Complete video of fertilizing a Bonsai plant.

https://youtu.be/mvsyYv0CHhg

      

Jun 3, 2022

Suiseki Art Appreciating Stones And learning about How to display stones


Our Bonsai Lovers Group monthly Workshop on Suiseki Art Appreciating Stone Art on Sunday was attended by many Bonsai and suiseki Lovers.

Jan 22, 2022

Make a Rose Plant As Bonsai



Make Rose plant as Bonsai.

Tips : Regular fertilization NPK once in a month, Organic manure once in three Months and organic liquid fertilizers once in 15 days. Slow releasing fertilizers are also good. once flowering is over cut dried flowers and give some aeration to the soil by digging top soil. change the soil once in a year depending on the root growth of the plant.

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Jan 4, 2022

Literati StyleThuja Orientalis

 Thuja orientalis is an evergreen plant and coniferous variety, good for making as Bonsai because of its needle like leaves it gives a beautiful style to the plant.it belongs to cypress. It bears cones and the wood is soft wood. Leaves have medicinal value. This video shows a detailed transformation of a wild plant to a pleasant looking Bonsai .The plant is as tall as 6 feet and has a very hardy trunk line. It was very difficult to bend it easily. The plant was given an angle by bending towards the right side. Then Two slits were made to give a movement to the trunk line. Then they are covered with a tape because when bending the trunk line there will be stress on the plant and there are chances of breaking down the trunk. Trunk line is wired with a heavy gauged wire and bent with a wire tied to the crown of the trunk and at the base of the trunk and slowly by twisting the wire the entire trunk bends down like a bow. Canopy was made by wiring the branches with proper gauged wires. Then Styling of the plant was done. It was given a good looking literati style Bonsai, After cutting and pruning this plant will go through lots of stress. To keep the plant healthy, repotting will be after six months once the plant comes out of its stress and has a healthy growth. For Literati or Bunjin style, a round shaped pot is suitable.

Before and After

Detailed Video of transformation of Thuja orientalis






Dec 5, 2021

Terrarium Making step by step - Part Three


This is our Bonsai lovers group Monthly Work shop Video of Terrarium. Plants and materials needed for Terrarium Terrarium Soil is different . we need a sterile soil for closed terrarium. Video of making Terrarium soil is available in Below link. List of plants are also given. https://youtu.be/g4ZngJww-xw https://youtu.be/ZObQqEoxcg0 Plants that can be preferable for terrarium First and most important is plants which we are selecting should have small leavesand moisture loving plants for closed terrariums. Jade Cup ficus Ginseng ficus paperomia many varieties are suitable zamia aglonima orchids airplant moss terrarium drawf ferns fern tree drawf palm fittonia drawf pedilanthus some more are there . i will add them

Oct 5, 2021

Shohin Bonsai and its sizes and making a Shohin/ keishi Bonsai.

Bonsai is an Art of Making Plants small and giving them a form of natural look to the plant. It's a skilled art and how Nature Plays a main role in shaping plants. In Bonsai Art Plants are acquiring a Tree shape in masters hands just like in Nature. We are trying to keep our Bonsai Plants as natural as miniature form of Nature 


Bonsais are divided in three groups depending on the height are as 

Big Bonsai








Medium Bonsai












Shohin Bonsai.









Sunday We had a Shohin Bonsai workshop. This time our topic is How to make Small Bonsais, taking care of them was demonstrated and practically explained in detail. Here Are all details of Small Bonsais. How many sizes are there and how to make them.

Actually Bonsai is a small miniature tree , then shohin Bonsai is still a miniature form of Bonsai. Some of the world renowned Bonsai artists have only Shohin Bonsai nurseries. Just like for Big Bonsais Many awards   were there for small Bonsais. 

Now we will see how to make a Beautiful Shohin Bonsai. Shohin Bonsai is generally divided into three categories depending on the height of the plant

1) Shohin Bonsai 

General height of this plant is 12 inches. Shohin Bonsai can be carried with a hand .This general rule is that Bonsai which is carried with a hand is called shohin bonsai.








2) Mame Bonsai ..

 It is also called Bean Bonsai. Height Of this Bonsai is 9 inches. Mame Bonsai is a smaller Bonsai than Shohin Bonsai. It can also be carried by hand.








3) Shito Bonsai. 

Height of this Bonsai is considered as 6 inches. This Shito Bonsai is smaller than Mame Bonsai , it can be carried in a palm.








4) Keishi Bonsai

Height of thos Bonsai is 3 inches. Kenshi is the smallest of shito and this Bonsai can be held on a finger.


Selection of  Shohin Bonsai .
Seeds
Growing small Bonsai from seeds is the best way to grow them. The plants growing from seeds can be trained the way we want. We can give a shape in the initial stages when the trunk line is thin and bendable. The trunk can be given a beautiful curve. As the plant grows, select the branches from the base of the trunk , being its small size we need more styling and more branches on the trunk. seed starts developing leaves and tip buds. Let the plant develop three to four leaves and remove the top bud, then more branches will start growing, shaping them. keep the size of the plant smaller as you want to make it into a smaller Bonsai.
Mame Bonsai Plants growing from seeds

     
                                                   
Branch cuttings : Growing Plants from branch cuttings is a common method. Most of the plants can be grown from Branches. Take a Branch cutting of 2 to 10 inches. For Shito and keishi below 5 inches height is preferable. Apply root to all hormones,  keep it in soil and coco peat mix and keep the soil moist. If soil is moist there will be good development of roots. When the branch has started growing, give it a shape and after it attains style as you want you can shift it into a Bonsai pot.  
Ficus Ramphi is growing from a cutting. All most all Ficus varieties can be grown from branch cuttings.


Wild collection : Wild collected plants are the best Bonsais. They naturally become dwarfed by environmental forces like storms, winds, and animals. These Plants when collected are already many years old and we  will have a good aged Mame Bonsai. These can be collected and can be trained in to mame Bonsais.   This is a wild collected Ficus pilikhan .

Grafted Plants : Grafted Plants like china ficus ginseng ficus are the grafted plants , they can be made into shohin or mame Bonsai. 








Nursery Plants are always readily made into Bonsais. We can  buy a plant from a nursery and reduce the height by cutting down  the length of the plant and  doing some pruning and wiring given a shape . Then some pruning and shaping makes the plant a beautiful Mame Bonsai.

Names of Plants for Shohin Bonsai and Mame Bonsai. 

The best plants are small sized leaves plants because their small size plant looks small and attractive miniature Mame Bonsai. The leaves of Big leaves plants take time to reduce in size. Plants like peepal which have  big leaves can also be made into Shohin Bonsais.

Buxus, Serissa foetida, Carmona, Jade, Ficus microcarpa, Adenium, Pomegranate, Bougain villea, Chinese Elm, Pine, Ginseng ficus, Premna.

Wiring and pruning a small Bonsai is a challenging work because of its size. Clip and grow method is best suitable for most of the mame bonsais. There are very pretty creations of its small size and needs lots of maintenance. All most all these Bonsais are growing in a small pot so once you water them with in ten minutes water drains out and soil becomes dry.  If the soil is dry growth of the plant wont be proper. To maintain them properly keep all these plants in a shallow plate with pumice stones or brick pieces, maintain a level of water half way in to stones. another method is in a big pot put the Bonsai soil and keep the pants in the soil. In the both Methods moisture from the down of the pot keeps mame bonsai cool. it helps the plant to grow healthily. Regular interval feralization is very important for these plants.   

Here link is given to shape a Plant in to Shohin Bonsai. 

https://youtu.be/5YdmDB9VVJs