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Organic Bonsai Techniques

Because of the toxins associated with fertilizers and pesticides, many people are turning to organic gardening. The Bonsai is one plant that people are adding to their organic gardens. Originating in Asia, bonsai gardening has become very popular throughout the world. Bonsai plants require a lot of loving care. Growing them is often considered an art form.

Organic Soil and Fertilization
The proper soil mixtures and fertilizers are essential for healthy bonsai growth. Research shows that the best bonsai soils are soils that have organic matters. Bonsai soil tends to be a loose, quick-draining mix of natural and non-chemically treated soil. The foundation is a mixture of sand or gravel, fired clay pellets, or shale, which is mixed with an organic compound such as peat or bark. Volcanic clay soils are a preferred selection in Japan. Kadama and Kanuma are two popular choices.

Bonsai trees require a fair amount of organic fertilizer. Fertilizer should only be given to the bonsai after watering. Feeding is usually performed once every two weeks during the summer months, and then reduced to once a month for the remainder of year. Organic fertilizers, organic liquid fertilizers are available at many online organic plant stores. You should call your local plant store to see if they have any organic bonsai supplies in stock. Manure and compost are two examples of organic feeds that can used when growing a bonsai tree. It is important to work organic mixtures into the soil.

You use your own compost in your bonsai organic soil mix. To do this, you will require more than one type of compost. According to most bonsai experts, the best organic bonsai soil mix is 40% compost, 30 % seramis clay granule, and 30% grit.

Watering Your Bonsai
With minimal space in a bonsai pot, careful and frequent attention is required to make sure the tree is adequately watered. Sun, heat and wind can dry bonsai trees in a short time which ca result in permanent damage. You need to know the needs of your particular tree because some trees can survive short periods of dry spells, while others need constant moisture. Deciduous trees are more susceptible to dehydration. Evergreens can appear to handle periods of dry conditions better, but do not display any signs of damage until it is has occurred. One indication of damage is that the leaves will start wilting.

The process of watering is different than how you would normally water regular houseplant. Bonsai trees require submersion of the whole pot in water for several minutes. Once you remove the pot, allow the bonsai to drain. Too much watering can result in root rot and fungal infestations. Free draining soil prevents water-logging. To maintain proper soil, provide water in small amounts frequently because there is a flushing effect when the water is added. Bonsai plants are repotted regularly during their development. This encourages new feeder root growth so that the tree will be able to absorb moisture better. When they mature, they are repotted less often.

Young bonsai, known as potensai, are placed in ‘growing boxes.’ The large boxes permit the roots to grow which allows for food and water consumption as well as adding life to the tree. When the bonsai has outgrown the ‘growing box,’ it is then replanted in a ‘training box.’ This box is smaller allowing for a denser root mass. This makes replanting the bonsai in its final pot much easier.

Growing bonsai trees can be a very peaceful and spiritual experience. With the right care and trimming techniques, you can grow a beautiful living piece of art.

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Growing Orchids

orchidIf you are a serious orchid grower, you know too well that eventually your plants will take over your house, so building a greenhouse for orchids is a great idea. If you are a beginner grower and are seriously thinking of giving your plants a permanent home, you probably have a lot of questions – will controlling the environment as well as the climate benefit your orchids? Is it easy to use a greenhouse? The answer is yes.

Today, there are lots of folks out there using greenhouses and are quite successful at it. Your orchids will definitely thrive, and may even bloom more frequently for you!

Here are some great tips for those who want to build a greenhouse for orchids:

1. The ideal greenhouse runs from west to east to take advantage of available light. If you are building a greenhouse specifically for your orchids, you don’t need the glass to extend right down to the ground. The orchids will be grown on staging so light from below is not necessary.

2. A brick base will keep the greenhouse warmer. If you choose to put up a greenhouse with situ and glass slides, you can close it with a polystyrene panels or similar materials to aid insulation. An earthen floor is better than a cemented one, it will be easier to keep wet and provides a better atmosphere for the orchids. Low light, ground hugging plants including ferns and brightly colored impatiens can be panted in this floor area. It looks attractive and helps maintain humidity.

3. An open slated staging is ideal for the orchids and tiered if the area permits. This allows for free air movement. You can also choose to put up a sheet staging with gravel which is kept wet. Greenhouses come with sufficient ventilation in the roof, and for orchids, it’s beneficial to have bottom vents as well. Used together they give a good flow of cooling air in the summer. On hot days the door can be left open to prevent overheating.

Before you buy a greenhouse for orchids you have to understand that it’s essential to control both light and temperature. I’ll give you more useful tips on greenhouses on my next article.

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Giving nature a helping hand!

Last year after years of wishing and saving I bought what most gardeners wish for, a ‘Greenhouse’.

 

When I lived in Kimmage, Dublin, our humble capital. I lived in a terraced house with a backyard that was challenging to grow anything in, well almost anything. The shade loving plants thrived and for the back wall that got the sun in the morning, the glory vine was producing flowers in abundance.

My interest in growing tropical plants and Bonsai was limited by the small windows and lack of available light. I used to make frames with day light bulbs and tin foil to emulate enough light that the trees would stand a chance in getting enough light for healthy growth. As I said the backyard was challenging it was only 15 by 30 feet.

So when I moved down to Wicklow (the garden of Ireland) I had a blank canvas and a garden that isĀ  16,000 sq feet.

16,000 sq feet… where was I to start.

The plan was straight forward. Plant grass seed, get a feel for the wind, what direction it blew strongest, what part of the garden water gathered most in and as for light, this wasn’t going to be an issue.
The back of the house is south facing with clear views of the Wicklow mountains. On the North and West side we are protected by the native species Ash tree. These stand at about 40 to 60 feet tall.

So a number of years later the garden is planted up, shade loving plants up near the Ash trees, the pond is built (it is half the size as my old houses backyard), the Bonsai trees that got too big for training are thriving in the wild and now it was time to select the greenhouse.

As with planning the garden, the greenhouse had to fit the environment. The house is aptly named ‘Windy Acre’, not after me but we do tend to have some very strong winds at times. So my criteria for selection was a sturdy greenhouse, one that was large enough for growing veg, tropical and propagating tree seeds.

Their are no greenhouse manufactures in Ireland only resellers and most of these provide the same models except for one that specialises in polytunnel’s. If I was going to invest in anything it had to have a once off install cost, I don’t mind ongoing maintenance as long as its a low cost.

So after milling over different options I went for the Eden Gardener. A strong greenhouse that has been through force 10 winds already.

gardener. copyright. eden greenhousesThe greenhouse is a way of giving nature a helping hand
and also if you enjoy eating what you grow it does help
a lot. Some people say it is a luxury, perhaps so.

What a greenhouse does is open up opportunities for growing plants that would be difficult to grow in normal
circumstances.

For me it is not just about Bonsai. You can’t really eat trees, can you?