Satsuki Azalea Care Calendar

Available to download in a printable format for your convenience.

Satsuki azaleas are increasingly popular among western Bonsai enthusiasts. If you fulfill their special needs (never let them dry out, water with rain water, use special soil and fertilizer) they are very easy to care for and delight their owners with beautiful flowers every year.

Read More
Wisterias

A detailed overview of the many Wisteria species.

Most wisteria bonsai are of medium or large size because the long flower clusters need some height to hang from. Wisterias are very well suited for bonsai but their special feature is the flowers. After flowering the trunk and branches are hidden under long leaves and proliferating tendrils and then the wisteria returns to the second row in the bonsai garden.

Read More
Nicole DentonWisteria
Dwarf Pomegranate

Reprinted from the BSV newsletter from 2006.

There are several varieties of pomegranate to be seen in suburban gardens, but the one which so often catches the eye is the dwarf, Punica granatum nana. It is usually a short tree with a thick trunk and bushy top, laden with either bright orange-red flowers or small fruits.

Read More
Hints on attending workshops

If you attend a workshop and have the ‘guru’ (and helpers) do all the work on your tree, you will, of course take home a better bonsai but you will not have contributed a great deal to it. It is much more satisfying to own bonsai that have had some input from yourself into their design and shaping.

Read More
Callistemon as Bonsai

Extract from an article by Derek Oakley of the Bonsai Workshop, Perth.

The Bottlebrush is a spectacular plant when it is in flower, and as a bonsai it is even more so. To cultivate this native as bonsai is a must, not only because of its flowers, but also because of its speed of growth and its capacity to take pruning and training.

Read More
Trident Maples

Tips for potting and styling Trident Maples.

Besides differing growth patterns the Trident maple can be distinguished by its 3-lobed leaves (as opposed to the 5-lobed leaves of the Acer Palmatum). Its leaves are (dark) green, and color red and orange in autumn. The tree is strong and can take aggressive pruning/styling very well.

Read More
Nicole DentonTrident, Maple
Satsuki Azaleas

Tips for growing and maintaining Azaleas.

Satsuki azaleas are increasingly popular among western Bonsai enthusiasts. If you fulfill their special needs (never let them dry out, water with rain water, use special soil and fertilizer) they are very easy to care for and delight their owners with beautiful flowers every year.

Read More
Nicole DentonAzalea
Ficus

Tips for maintaining Ficus bonsais.

There are hundreds of varieties of the Ficus, but the most popular one for Bonsai is the Ficus Retusa, which is often shaped in an s-curved trunk and has oval, dark green leaves.

Read More
Nicole DentonFicus
Banksias

An overview of Banksias, with growing tips and the importance of sacrifice branches.

There are 173 Banksia species in Australia. Banksia falls into the Ficus range. They are not interested in growing flowers as they are too big for bonsai plant.

Read More
Nicole DentonBanksia
Olives

Tips for growing and developing Olives, including tree pruning and branch selection.

For bonsai you can use cultivated varieties but the wild olive Bonsai (Olea europaea sylvestris) has the advantage of very tiny leaves and short internodes.

Read More
Nicole DentonOlive