Building A Cold Frame

With just a bit more effort you can build a simple cold frame - essentially a low greenhouse with a translucent hinged top. Placed against a south-facing wall and recessed into the ground it will keep plants dormant but not frozen (unless you live in the colder regions of Canada, for example). Dig a rectangle about 6 -8 inches deep beside the wall. Using scrap lumber or plywood, build a frame with sides the slope down toward the front a 6 inch slope is sufficient. Make sure the front is high...

The History of Bonsai

Gazing upon the stark beauty of a bonsai, images of isolated monasteries on a steep mountainside often come to mind. While no one can say with certainty, it is quite likely that the gentle Chinese monks first began transplanting naturally dwarfed trees into ornamental containers, and that it was they who first began to appreciate the windswept beauty of these trees in their homes and gardens. The Japanese, however, have since been responsible for refining the art of cultivating bonsai trees to...

Styles Of Bonsai Trees

Bonsai Upright

Bonsai trees and plants vary greatly in style and size. Miniature specimens, up to 6 inches tall, are usually naturally dwarf plants trained even smaller. Small bonsai stand up to 12 inches tall, and medium trees from 1 - 2 1 2 feet. Bonsai do not have to be small however, with some magnificent trees at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo growing more than 6 feet tall. These plants are hundreds of years old The most important classification of style refers to the angle at which the trunk stands in the...

Guide To Bonsai Leaves

Juniperus Chinensis Bonsai Leaves

Here are the leaves of a number of common plants that you may find in a bonsai nursery. Generally speaking, you should look for trees with small needles or leaves. The most popular evergreen trees for bonsai are pines, junipers and spruces. Among the pines, short-needles varieties are preferable, although the Japanese black pine Pinus thunbergii can have its rather long needles reduced in size by removing all new growth every second year. Other popular varieties include Japanese cedar and yew....