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Keywords: Chaenomeles, Bonsai

PAL Question:

I was given a 40-year-old Quince bonsai tree and I would like to get some advice on taking care of it. I have a great book called, Bonsai Basics which has given me some insight as to how to take care of it, but I am looking for more information. I was also wondering about getting the tree repotted and the roots trimmed (which needs to happen very soon, as far as I can gather.) The roots have not been trimmed on this particular tree for about 3 years, and it has survived a pretty hard hit of insect and fungus pests.

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The Puget Sound Bonsai Association has a website with useful information and links to other bonsai-related organizations and information. This is an active group with regular meetings, some lectures/workshops, and a good newsletter.

Nurseries such as Bonsai Northwest, a specialty nursery in South Seattle, often offer classes on bonsai care.

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Date 2007-12-13
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Keywords: Bonsai

PAL Question:

I am looking for a class or program that shows how to grow bonsai trees.

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The Pacific Northwest Bonsai Clubs Association has a list of bonsai instructors in our area.

Bonsai Northwest, 5021 S. 144th St., Tukwila has classes that cover outdoor repotting of bonsai.

Several local nurseries occasionally offer classes or presentations on bonsai, so it would be worthwhile to check the event listings on the Puget Sound Bonsai Association website.

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Date 2007-01-18
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PAL Question:

I have a Laburnum grown from RHS seed. I wish to bonsai the tree (it is currently about 2" high and in the UK). I would like to know when the tree should need root pruning, branch pruning (obviously when it is much bigger). What is the best soil mixture and what should the watering regime be. I have looked in my bonsai books, but Laburnum trees are somewhat neglected. Any help would be appreciated.

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I consulted the many bonsai titles in our library, and found only one which mentions Laburnum in the index, The Complete Book of Bonsai by Harry Tomlinson (Abbeville Press, 1991). The book offers no specific pruning directions for Laburnum. I will paraphrase what the author says: The bonsai specimen should receive full sun, and daily watering plus feeding every 2 weeks during the growing season. It should be repotted annually in early spring, using basic soil mix. Trim shoots to 2 or 3 buds. Appropriate bonsai styles for this plant are informal upright, slanting, semi-cascade, cascade, twin trunk, clump, and multiple trunk.

The book Bonsai: The Art of Dwarfing Trees by Ann Kimball Pipe (Meredith Press, 1964) offers general directions on maintaining a bonsai specimen. Pruning of roots and branches is probably best done in early spring before new growth begins.

There are also online resources. I explored the website of the American Bonsai Society, which led me to this list of articles on bonsai trees, written by Brent Walston. Here are links to a few of the articles:

Root-Pruning Bonsai

Pruning and Pinching

Soils

Watering

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Date 2008-02-14
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