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APPRENTICE BONSAI: Lee Wright

Apprentice bonsai can be a bit odd with the stylist seeing future growth but others seeing only what their eyes see and doubting any future. This little Kunzea ambigua is a great example. It was obviously older stock at a […]

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A WORK PROGRESSING by Lee Wright

Melaleuca linarifolia ‘Claret Tops’ is a beautiful Australian native that is easy to develop and brightens your bonsai bench with the new claret tipped foliage. Pruning is a delight due to the aroma of the leaves. It’s a great tree […]

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Root Work by Lee Wright

When repotting a clerendendron I noted a prominent nebari root growing across the trunk of the tree. It wasn’t really unsightly but it was disrupting the line of the trunk and with more years and a thicker development it would […]

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Developing Roots by Lee Wright

This is a trident maple, about 30 cm tall, with a lot of potential and coming along very well but the widespread roots are not attractive and diminish the quality of the tree. I accepted this for several years (when […]

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Dothistroma Needle Blight and Wooley Pine Aphid

Dothistroma needle blight is more commonly known as red tip or red band disease. To the best of my knowledge it first appeared in the radiata pine forests around Cooma NSW and is rumoured to have been introduced to Australia […]

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Preparing Trees Ready for Show

Bending Branches Obviously the most common way to bend branches is with wire but there are times that you need to use different techniques for the sake of the health and the type of tree you have. Using corks to […]

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Writing Revision from Joe Morgan-Payler

Anchor wire to two branches so you have maximum strength- no movement. Always use a heavier wire when in doubt. Old Japanese saying, ‘When the wind blows, the style changes.‘ Pinch last wrap and use the wire to turn-forming a […]

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How’s This for a $10 Bonsai?

Cotoneasters harden very quickly and it is next to impossible to find a more mature plant with movement enough to make a good bonsai. Therefore, I picked up a $4.50 starter plant at Ray Nesci’s nursery in September, a $5 […]

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Figs

Ficus (or figs) is a genus of close to 1000 different species which include trees, shrubs, vines and epiphytes all belonging to the mulberry family (Moraceae).  Some begin life as hemi epiphytes – seeds that are dispersed by birds and […]

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Wisteria Maintenance

Why Doesn’t My Wisteria Flower? Age Pruning Sunlight Fertilising Potting Watering We will look at each of these topics and see how this information can help to achieve a healthy wisteria. It is important to mention that I live in […]

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