Over the past years Kusamura Bonsai Club has written a large number of articles for our newsletters or as handouts for our meetings. Our Bonsai Basics series addresses basic questions that anyone who is new to bonsai might have - or as a checklist to remind more experienced members. All other articles are listed after the Basics list. Because we are currently converting our website not all articles are available yet.

Bonsai Basics

About Your New Tree - an "owner's manual" for starter bonsai that we sell at our Annual Shows

Azalea Basics - a quick introduction to pruning, fertilizing, wiring azaleas

Black Pine Basics - a quick introduction to candling, choosing buds and thinning needles

Boxwood Basics

Bougainvillea Basics

Bonsai Care in the Time of Drought - some suggestions about how to care for bonsai during drought conditions

Elm Basics

Fertilizer Basics - a quick introduction to fertilizer for your bonsai

Finding Bonsai Material at the Nursery - a checklist of things to look for when at the nursery

Ficus Basics - Basic information about Ficus as bonsai

Maple Pruning - Describes steps to follow when pruning your maple

Moss Basics - an introduction to Moss

Mycorrhiza Basics - An introduction to how Mycorrhiza (fungus) suppliment a tree's roots to provide water and nutrients to the tree.i

Procumbens Juniper - an introduction to this easy to grow juniper

Oak Basics

Pest and Fungus Control Basics - Information about how to control pests and fungus that may attack bonsai

Pruning and Pinching - Basic information about two techniques used to create and maintain fine branch structure

Redwood Basics

Soil Basics - how to create a bonsai mix for planting your trees

Selecting the Right Pot - an introduction to how tree style, size, color, etc. should be considered when chosing a pot

Subtropical Bonsai for Indoor Gardening - an introduction to bonsai that can be grown indoors

Summer Care - discusses how to handle hot summer weather

Tool Basics - what you need to know about buying your first set of bonsai tools

Tree Styles - an introduction to the different ways of styling a bonsai

Unusual Bonsai - brief discussions about a few plants not typically used for bonsai

Watering Basics - an introduction to watering your bonsai


Advanced Articles

Displaying Shohin - A quick introduction of how to display Shohin (small bonsai)

Propagation of Woody Plants by Cuttings - Quick summary of how to make new plants via cuttings

Nitrogen Cycle - A detailed look at how Nitrogen moves from plant to animal to atmosphere and back again. Not actually critical to understand in order to do bonsai, but still an interesting bit of biology.

Tree that Survives - Story of a 390-year old bonsai tree that survived the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima, Japan