Instructor Mike Lane featured artist at 2018 Lonestar Bonsai Federation’s Annual State Convention, TX
Wigert's Bonsai Instructor, Mike Lane, gives a re-cap of his most recent trip out to Texas as a "featured artist" for their annual bonsai convention! Check out photos from his trip and read about his adventures below: "I was invited to participate as a featured artist at the 2018 Lonestar Bonsai Federation's annual state [...]
SHOHIN BONSAI KEYPOINTS What are Shohin bonsai- Shohin bonsai are typically under 10 inches from the soil to the top of the tree. Mame bonsai, a sub-category of shohin, are bonsai under 4 inches from the soil to the top of the tree. More about feel. Trees should be physically small and express the feeling [...]
Ficus “Melon seed” Bonsai Ficus retusa var. melon seed With more than 1500 species of Ficus, 800 of which are actual trees it is exciting to find a new cultivar to bonsai. The “melon seed” as we know is great bonsai material due to tiny leaves. I have found that the interior leaves may grow [...]
Buttonwood Bonsai Conocarpus Erectus The buttonwood is native to tropical America and Africa. It is an absolute must for tropical bonsai. Known for their hard wood, natural Jins and amazing Shari collected buttonwoods are one of the most sought after species for bonsai. Sometimes included in the mangrove family, it is not a true mangrove [...]
I was always drawn to this species since I first noticed the delicate compound leaves and interesting growth pattern it exhibits. The Brazilian Rain Tree is native to South America,more specifically Brazil. It is a tree that can grow to over 15 feet tall, and spread over 18 feet in diameter. It has crooked stems and branches, thorns, and a peeling grayish bark. It has compound leaves with 3 pairs of bipinnate leaves. It has white flowers and corkscrew shaped seed pods.
Keep your bonsai in a well lighted area they grow best in a location which receives morning sun and afternoon shade. The morning sun is not as hot and dehydrating as the afternoon sun. Bonsai are not houseplants so they should be kept outdoors. A screen porch is ideal there they can receive filtered light. You need to protect them from strong winds and temperature extremes.
Ficus natalensis Also known as the natal fig tree Characteristics: Epiphytic or terrestrial shrub or tree, if epiphytic sometimes becoming a strangler. In favorable conditions can reach heights of 90 feet tall. Long leathery spatula shaped leaves. Temperature: Grows well between 59 and 75 degrees. However will tolerate hot summers in south Florida up to [...]
DESCRIPTION Spiny Black Olive, Dwarf black olive Though commonly called “black olive” this tree does not produce an edible olive, but rather a small seed pod. Native to the Caribbean and the Florida Keys this delicate tree grows into a bonsai almost by itself! It is a evergreen tree, with a smooth gray - [...]
Limeberry, Limoncillo Triphasia trifolia Origin: Java, Indonesia, Suriname, and Puerto Rico Description: A member of the rutacae (citrus) family. Grows as a shrub to a height of 9 feet. It has trifoliate dark green leaves, and small white fragrant flowers. It has small thorns, and half inch round red fruit. The fruit is edible and [...]