Introduction – My sincere apologies for not posting any recent articles, but it has been a bit of a ‘roller-coaster’ year nonetheless, I have completed the first draft of my book. Taiga Bonsai – Simplifying the art
As we know bonsai is not just the oldest living art form, it is also considered a science meaning that there are many horticulture aspects to consider. And from the many scores of questions I get asked, I have based the book contents on these, which are listed below. Therefore, from those faithful readers of my articles, I would ask and appreciate any comments from an editing viewpoint of what you think is irrelevant and what needs further emphasis.
Your points of view can be sent directly to me at firstname.lastname@example.org I thank you in advance for your assistance and wish you the compliments of the season and until next time BW, N.
Chapter 1 Bonsai a brief history – The classical era – Modern bonsai
Chapter 2 Tree classification (sizing) – Tree classification (styles) – Trunk orientation – Trunk root and placement –Trunk bark and surface – Dead and drift wood – Different perspectives – Breaking the rules
Chapter 3 Collecting material for bonsai – Arboretums – Reputable dealers – Nurseries and garden centres – Cuttings – Grafting – Air- layering
Chapter 4 Growing from seed – Dormancy – Cold stratification – Warm stratification – Hot water treatment – Warm and cold stratification – Scarification
Chapter 5 Collecting from the wild
Chapter 6 Getting started – Tools and equipment
Chapter 7 Bonsai soil pH – Soil types – Soil test kits
Chapter 8 Pruning – Root pruning
Chapter 9 Wiring
Chapter 10 The tree and the pot – Pot shape and dimensions, colour & texture
Chapter 11 Lighting for bonsai – special needs
Chapter 12 Toxicity
Chapter 13 Pests and disease