Valavanis Bonsai Blog


Yesterday, September 19, 2013 I fertilized my outdoor winter-hardy bonsai for the last time of the year. They were given a full strength dose of:

Miracle-Gro (24-8-16)

Super Bloom (12-55-6)

Liquid Iron

HB 101

The last application of Mean Green organic fertilizer cakes was put on the bonsai in August and now all cakes will be removed for the winter season. They have worked and are now messy, but not smelly. As the Mean Green organic fertilizer cakes are removed they will be gathered and placed in the garden where stock plants of maples, Chojubai dwarf quince, Yakushima rose and more are cultivated for cuttings.

 A few bonsai are beginning to show their bright autumn colors, and perhaps we will have an other glorious show in late October to early November. The maples and other deciduous species which I think will be showy are turned 180 degrees to make certain…

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Bonsai in the Press

Just saw this being shared over on facebook, Herron’s bonsai in the Mailonline, some great Autumn colour. C;lick on the image below to view.

I do hate it though when they write ‘bonsais’ as the plural!!

Weekend Rewind Part 5

I suppose Monday isn’t technically the weekend, but Peter was still with me that morning and was kind enough to look at a few tree.

Sadly I was that intent on listening and learning I didn’t photograph everything but I did get a few.

This Hawthorn was discussed on the blog last year and Peter told me to wait until he was back over to get a look at it.

I laughed when I saw this photo as it makes Peter look a touch indecisive but I can assure you the opposite was true.

We played about with a few optioned on how much to shorten the branch by using cloth to cover up.

Checking for Chuhin 🙂

And about the only photo with me in it after a whole weekend! Peter lifted my camera for the snip.

After pruning unnecessary branches and shortening of the cascade.

A few other trees were looked at and talked through which I found very beneficial and then it was time to head for the airport. Thanks again Peter.