Bonsai With Japanese Maples

The Japanese maple variety is perhaps one of my favourite varieties of plant in which to bonsai. Having said that, to bonsai with Japanese maples takes patience as it is a slow growing deciduous plant. It is native of Japan, but also China and Korea and grows well in most climates. Through my experience I have noticed it is quite a robust and hardy tree which is difficult to kill. Over the years I have both grown Japanese maple as a tree in itself from seedlings, but also turned many into bonsai and at this very moment I have two seedlings about 5 …




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How To Grow A Bonsai From Seed

One of the questions I often get asked is “can you grow a bonsai from seed?” The answer is ABSOLUTELY and I encourage this method, however you need to remember that growing a bonsai from seed can take a lot longer and is considered more of a longer term project than simply buying a bonsai and then maintaining it and training it to look the way you want. Thinking back to when I was a bit younger I use to excavate the seedling’s that would grow around the base of the numerous Japanese maple trees around my parents house. I would re-pot …




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My Grandfather’s Bonsai – But…they Aren’t Bonsai Ginseng

On the porch of my parent’s house lay three small bonsai, though not Bonsai Ginseng these are of the Japanese Maple variety and for many years they have sat there, somewhat neglected, but all the same still quite remarkable. Previously my grandfather owned and cared for these and by all reports they are close to 50 years old, mere teenagers in age if you were to speak with a Japanese bonsai ‘grand master’, however still old given Australia’s place in the overall bonsai market and strict quarantine restrictions which make it difficult to import some older bonsai. In my previous blog titled Bonsai Ginseng As An Investment I …




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