9781585744411

Bonsai; Grow Your Own Bonsai from Cuttings, Seeds, and Saplings

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    9781585744411

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    1585744417

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  • Copyright: 2002-01-01
  • Publisher: The Lyons Press
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Summary

Using native plants as the foundation of a bonsai planting in the focus of Mr. Busch's book.

Table of Contents

What is bonsai?p. 8
Why bonsai?p. 8
Bonsai as an art formp. 10
Creating bonsaip. 10
The first attemptsp. 11
Cultivating Bonsaip. 14
Situationp. 14
Overwinteringp. 14
Wateringp. 15
Soilp. 15
Features of different soil typesp. 16
Repottingp. 16
Pruningp. 18
Removing large branchesp. 19
Feedingp. 20
Chemical fertilisersp. 20
Organic fertilisersp. 20
The properties and effects of plant nutrientsp. 20
Trace elementsp. 23
The natural rhythm of growthp. 24
Bonsai stylesp. 26
Japanese stylesp. 26
Broomp. 26
Uprightp. 26
Informal uprightp. 26
Formal uprightp. 26
Twin-trunkp. 26
Multiple-trunkp. 28
Forest plantingp. 28
Raftp. 28
Cascadep. 28
Windsweptp. 28
Literatip. 28
What makes a good bonsai?p. 30
Containersp. 30
Soil surfacep. 30
Root systemsp. 31
Grafting rootsp. 31
Encouraging root growthp. 31
Air-layering a new root spreadp. 32
Selective root pruningp. 32
Trunkp. 32
Branchesp. 34
Leavesp. 35
Flowers and fruitp. 36
Shaping techniquesp. 38
Pruningp. 38
Wiringp. 38
Anchoringp. 38
Working with dead woodp. 38
Selective fertilisingp. 39
Month-by-month care guidep. 40
Starting a bonsaip. 44
From seedp. 44
From nursery stockp. 46
From a wild saplingp. 47
Which trees are suitable for bonsai?p. 49
Deciduous Treesp. 50
Field maple (Acer campestre)p. 50
Sycamore (Acer pseudoplatanus) and Norway maple (Acer platanoides)p. 52
Montpelier maple (Acer monspessulanum)p. 56
Common alder (Alnus glutinosa) and Grey alder (Alnus incana)p. 58
Silver birch (Betula pendula) and Downy birch (Betula pubescens)p. 62
Hornbeam (Carpinus betulus)p. 66
Sweet chestnut (Castanea sativa)p. 70
Walnut (Juglans regia)p. 72
Common beech (Fagus sylvatica)p. 74
Common ash (Fraxinus excelsior)p. 78
Common crab apple (Malus sylvestris)p. 82
Wild pear (Pyrus pyraster)p. 86
Common oak (Quercus robur) and Durmast oak (Quercus petraea)p. 88
Rowan or Mountain ash (Sorbus aucuparia)p. 92
Small-leaved lime (Tilia cordata)p. 94
Smooth-leaved elm (Ulmus carpinifolia)p. 98
Conifersp. 102
Common juniper (Juniperus communis)p. 102
European larch (Larix decidua)p. 104
Norway spruce (Picea abies)p. 108
Arolla pine or Swiss stone pine (Pinus cembra)p. 112
Mountain pine (Pinus mugo)p. 114
Austrian pine (Pinus nigra)p. 116
Scots pine (Pinus sylvestris)p. 118
Yew (Taxus baccata)p. 120
Shrubsp. 124
Arctic birch (Betula nana)p. 124
Hazel (Coryllus avellana)p. 126
Hawthorn (Crataegus monogyna and Crataegus laevigata)p. 128
Spindle (Euonymus europaeus)p. 132
Blackthorn/Sloe (Prunus spinosa)p. 136
Willow (Salix spp.)p. 138
Indexp. 142
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