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 […]

Mame Maple

Posted by on Jan 14, 2015 | No Comments
Mame Maple

This little maple has seemingly impossibly small leaves on it during the growing season, more like a small leaf trident maple than whatever variety of momiji it is. Acer palmatum in my experience typically has 2-3″ leaves which can reduce to around 1″ with control of the plant. This one seems to stay around 1″ […]

Kishu Cuttings

Posted by on Dec 25, 2014 | 6 Comments
Kishu Cuttings

Last fall I cleaned up an overgrown Kishu shimpaku juniper that had many long runners on it. Whenever I see a tree that has a large straight base to it and then a bunch of tightly controlled branches it makes me want to propagate and work on tiny little seedlings and cuttings. There’s some sort […]