Mini-Bonsai Manipulation

Posted by on May 19, 2020 | No Comments
Mini-Bonsai Manipulation

I like tight proportions on my trees, but with mini-bonsai, aka mame, the challenge can be considerable. At less than 3″ in any dimension, for almost all trees you are pushing the limits of the size of the foliage or leaves. A couple months ago, in late March, I cut all the new growth and […]

Formative Elm Work

Posted by on Apr 15, 2015 | One Comment
Formative Elm Work

Taking advantage of Spring growth is the name of the game in April and May. When an elm grows well it presents multiple opportunities to improve the structure and fill out the silhouette. San Francisco climate doesn’t encourage the type of summer-long unbridled growth in elms that might happen in hotter areas; but for a […]

Kifu Elm

Posted by on Feb 3, 2015 | 5 Comments
Kifu Elm

I’ve had this little elm for about 8 years now. I bought it from the estate sale of a Bay Island Bonsai member. I’ve never discovered the history before that point but I know that former owner had been a serious enthusiast and his collection was quite good. He very well may have started the […]