Before that magical bonsai tree of yours reaches the refinement stage, focus should be on growth and development. A shallow ceramic pot looks great, but may not be ideal for optimum growth. Wooden training boxes allow for bespoke dimensions to accommodate any size of tree. By allowing your tree to build up it’s resources and develop a strong(compact) root system, you propel it’s rate of growth, moving the tree ahead. There is good reason why bonsai professionals use boxes. Here are some benefits of using training crates.
1. Build to size, any size. Finding the perfect dimensions in a training pot for your tree can be challenging. Make your box to any specs.
2. Inexpensive. Buy affordable planks of wood. Use wood you find or already have.
3. Easy to customize. Attach handles for large heavy trees. Fasten screws in the wood for guide-wire mounting points or tie-down wires to secure on the bench or railing.
East Van Bonsai’s next meeting is Monday March 26.
621 Kingsway, Vancouver. 7-9pm.
The monthly meetings are drop-in socials. Bring your trees and tools, or just your questions. Donations are always welcome! Minors must be accompanied by an adult.
What’s happening at the meeting? Spring is here! The entire month is all about cleaning bonsai benches and trees. Many species can be re-potted(or have been already). Structural pruning can be done on certain species as well. Set your trees up for a strong and healthy growing season.
Just announced. This month will feature some work of local ceramicists. One of a kind hand-made bonsai pots will be on display. The artists are based here in Vancouver.
More info; View helpful pages listed on the home screen. Or click these links. About EVB + Calander, Resources, and Members page.
Space Access; Enter through the front gate. The space is wheelchair accessible. Parking can be found along 15th Ave(East of the shop), on Kingsway or around Robson Park(to the West).
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This is a re-post from Bonsai Tonight. Jonas puts it very clearly so that it is easy to follow. View his blog for tons of helpful and informative articles on bonsai. Link below.
Here are 10 helpful tips on how to begin.
1. Determine the space or area you have for your tree(s). What is the light level like? Full sun, a few hours of sun, or bright shade? Heavily shaded or dark areas are not ideal for growing healthy bonsai.
2. Research tree species. Figure out which tree types will thrive in the space you have available. For example, Pines do best in sunny locations. Japanese Maples do best in part sun or bright shade. Continue reading
Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden in Chinatown is beautiful. One side is open to the public with no admission fee. It’s a calming oasis right in Vancouver. The other side which holds tours is open to garden members and the general public for a fee. If you haven’t seen either side of the garden yet, go, go!
The garden hosted a tour, demo and workshop on Saturday September 16th. Mr. Pin Lee was the penjing master on hand. He and another host took us on a quick tour around the garden. We saw penjing on display and heard some history of the ancient Chinese art form. Pin Lee was a delight to listen to. His warm energy was great to be around and his enthusiasm for penjing was as contagious as his smile. Continue reading
Here are a few images from this year’s Vancouver Penjing Society show. Held at VanDusen on Saturday and Sunday. The vendor area was buzzing with activity and the show itself featured many colourful trees. Continue reading
One highlight of my recent visit to Japan was a day trip to Tokoname where a group of us visited several well-known kilns. Our first stop – the Koyo kiln. Koyo – the kiln established in 1970 by Kouichirou Aiba, is best known for its glazed pots. Today the kiln is run by Aiba’s son,…
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