Choosing a Bonsai Plant

Choosing a Bonsai Plant
Choosing a Bonsai Plant

When you go to choose your Bonsai Plant, you will find that there are a great many varieties to choose from. In reality, any plant that has a trunk and branches can become a Bonsai Plant.
A lot of people choose the tropical Bonsai Plant because they are beautiful and can be grown indoors all year around. Tropical Bonsai Plants include such plants as the as azalea, fig, bougainvillea, fuchsia.

Though tropical Bonsai Plants are popular, there are also other types that very closely resemble the full grown outside variety. These Bonsai Plants include such trees and shrubs as the elm, birch, apple, ginkgo, and spirea. These types of plants lose their leaves in the winter when the days grow shorter. They require cooler temperatures, but above freezing in the winter. In addition, they don’t need light when they don’t have any leaves.

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What Bonsai Supplies Will I Need?

Growing Bonsai is a rewarding hobby that is accessible to all. You hardly need any room at all and you’ve probably got most of the tools already lying around the house and garden. The only specialist equipment you may need to go and by will be a pair of chopsticks (yes, you read that right), a Bonsai pot and of course the tree or plant that you intend to turn into your [eafl id=”9040″ name=”The Bonsai Tree Care System” text=”Bonsai”] masterpiece.

bonsai
bonsai

You will need a small pair of sharp scissors as well as a larger pair. You will need wire to shape your branches and fine wire cutters. A small set of garden shears and a large set of garden shears just about completes the set however as you throw yourself more and more into Bonsai (once youíve got the bug there will be no stopping you) you will probably want to consider purchasing slightly more specialist Bonsai tools including miniature Bonsai rakes and root combs. Don’t panic though, the price tag size matches the tool size and most are very affordable.

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How To Properly Winter a Native Bonsai Tree

Winter a Native Bonsai Tree
Winter a Native Bonsai Tree

Many people do not realize that most [eafl id=”9039″ name=”Bonsai Beginners Course 1″ text=”bonsai”] plants are outdoor plants. To properly cultivate and maintain most bonsai trees they should not be kept inside but should be outside year round.
There are a group of what are called indoor bonsai trees. These are from warmer climates and are usually non-traditional species such as palm trees. Because they are from a warmer climate they do need to be kept indoors in most locales.
However if you are keeping traditional native [eafl id=”9040″ name=”The Bonsai Tree Care System” text=”bonsai”] trees in the US then chances are that tree needs to be outside. Most people do not realize how important it is for these trees to be wintered outside in a natural climate. For your tree to have a healthy and natural growing cycle it is critical for it to have this period of winter dormancy.

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Growing Cacti in an Indoor Garden

Growing Cacti in an Indoor Garden
Growing Cacti in an Indoor Garden

The homeowner who wants to start a home [eafl id=”8658″ name=”Grow your own Herb Gardening” text=”garden”] that is light on the maintenance needed may decide to buy cacti. This is a good plan because they need less water than
most plants and are quite hardy. Although there are still care instructions that need to be followed to increase the life and longevity of a cactus.

Cactus plants are used to the heat and being dry, for this reason putting them in a windowsill with full sunlight is optimal. Depending on the cactus and the amount of heat
it is getting you may not have to water it for weeks at a time (once a month is the recommended watering schedule). Cacti like coarse soil, it is recommended to use a soil
that is meant specifically for a cactus instead of a generic mix. When a fertilizer is needed you should also purchase a fertilizer that is just for cacti.

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Japanese Beetles in the Roses

Japanese Beetles in the Roses
Japanese Beetles in the Roses

Adult Japanese beetles are one quarter to one half inch long with copper coloured wing covers and a shiny metallic green head. Between the green head and tiny tufts of white hair along their side you’ll recognize them easily as they happily munch on your [eafl id=”8657″ name=”Landscape Ideas” text=”roses”].

While they generally donít eat dogwood, forsythia, holly, lilac, evergreens and Hosta, they’ll eat darn near everything else. These beetles feed on flowers and fruits making a skeleton of the leaves by eating the green parts and leaving the veins. Adults are most active from 9 a.m. ñ 3 p.m. on warm summer days. These voracious pests prefer plants in direct sun, so shady areas are usually less damaged.

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History Of Plum Trees And Their Hybrids

plum trees
plum trees

The documentation of ancient plums growing in antiquity is sparse. The best evidence of that oldest existence is best documented through Americaís most famous pomologist, Luther Burbank, who reported in his twelve volume botanical literary classic, Small Fruits, Volume IV page 136, that the European plum, Prunus domestica, and its ancestor fruit originated in the Caucasus Mountains near the Caspian Sea. Burbank detailed evidence that the prune (dried plum) was a staple food of the Tartars, Mongols, Turks, and Huns who maintained a crude horticulture from a very early period. Several websites have put forth the absurd idea that, because the European plum, Prunus domestica, seeds were not found in the ruins of Pompeii after the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD, ìwhereas, most other old world fruits were,î that this plum could be concluded to be a recent hybrid of ìspontaneous chromosomeî doubling to produce a hexaploid offspring.

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