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Sunday, January 22, 2012

More about Bonsai: Grow a tiny tree

*Chinese Elm (c)  2006 National Bonsai Foundation
A fine example of bonsai in North America . The Chinese Elm  (Ulmus Parvifolia )  above is on  display at the U.S National Arboretum This elegant elegant Elm  has  been in training since 1956  !

 At Incoming Bytes one of my favourite past times  is playing with indigenous species and  attempting to grow bonsai--real trees that grow for many years in pots.  As a hobbyist I work with indigenous species simply because they are already acclimatized to our severe weather conditions.

There are dignified, elegant  old bonsai specimens that are many hundreds of years old in Japan and China. 
Fabulous specimens  like the Elm above also exist in North American displays . 
Here in Northwestern Ontario, I do not pretend to be able to immediately imitate the results of many decades and centuries of labour by dedicated bonsai specialists in China or Japan.  
We can, however, produce amazing results in a few years with patience and some learned techniques.  
 As hobbyists, realistically,  we may not have 400 years to train  little trees,  but with patience we can  can grow  presentable and very beautiful  bonsai using proven techniques that can be learned. 
The following article on creating your own Bonsai was published in Helium in 2007.  Enjoy!
Grow a tiny tree-create your own bonsai !

        This simple experimental bonsai discussion may change your mind, like growing things often do.  Ideas change with the learning process, so may it be here that you discover the spirit and joys of Bonsai, an ancient eastern art form that has spread throughout the world at an amazing rate, as people everywhere have discovered the incredible beauty and allure of these tiny trees. Bonsai can and most likely will affect your life.
They grow in your mind just as they grow in your environment.......read more...

 *Here at Incoming Bytes we will be discussing some interesting ideas and methods of creating bonsai  in future posts .  
 *Is that incoming I hear?    

 That's my story and I'm sticking to it

* Photograph  courtesy of the National Bonsai Foundation Supporting the National Bonsai & Penjing Museum at the U.S. National Arboretum 


  1. "Is that incoming I hear?" Love the phrase Raymond! *happy dance*
    I enjoy coming by to read your posts my friend.
    I have nominated you for a Liebster Blog Award. See my post for details :)

  2. Hi Christyb, I wondered about that phrase, just testing it out. ":) Thanks for nominating me vor the LiebsterBlog Award, that's what I need, fame and fortune. You can send the fortune as soon as convenient! ":) Thanks for listening, Christyb !

  3. Incoming!!! and it lands in my inbox.

  4. Don't know if it's a problem on this end but your link didn't work for me...tried it twice.

    Now, Incoming... wasn't that what Radar used to shout on M*A*S*H* when injuries were expected?

    1. Hi Glory, thanks for checking in, I just tried that link to the article in Helium, it worked perfectly at 5:30pm, maybe that failure was just a glitch?
      I think Radar used to shout 'Incoming!, I believe you are right about that, I haven't seen M*A*S*H or a rerun for ten years, he was funny wasn't he?
      I'm trying out "is that incoming I hear?" as a tag line, to see what happens.
      Keep the photo in mind (the bonsai above)--that type is developed using a special and surprising technique-which we are going to discuss shortly, I think you'll want to try one! Thanks for commenting!

  5. @ Mike, that's what happens, see? Isn't that exciting? ":) Thanks for dropping in! ~R

  6. That's a very impressive article there Raymond. You never cease to surprise me with your knowledge on almost anything around. I like the detailing in the article... helpful tips on what one has to watch out for. (Shaping, pruning, trimming, location, etc.)

    1. Thank you for your very kind compliments, Mandy! As a person that does crafts, you know well that any project worth doing is worth taking the time to study detail and methodology for the best possible outcome. If you understand plant growth and gardening, you can grow bonsai! Thanks for visiting, Mandy!

  7. I do hope to try it out someday. Not here in Oman though. I don't want to stress over the limitations one has with gardening to begin with - especially considering there isn't even potting space in the apartment. But I've kept in mind that someday I will try my hand at it. After all, plants are a passion of mine; not much in a horticultural sense... but once I get to the basics of it, it can engross me. Growing a bonsai's on my list of to do's. Thanks for encouraging the thought. :)

  8. Mandy, sooner or later you'll be somewhere you can try bonsai, hopefully it won't be too long! If you have any plants at all you can probably keep a bonsai too, perhaps a specimen of a local tree that is acclimatized to heat. Keep it on your list, you would enjoy this hobby! Thanks for commenting! ~R


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