Modern Bonsai Practice: 501 Principles of Good Bonsai Horticulture by Larry W MortonModern Bonsai Practice: 501 Principles of Good Bonsai Horticulture by Larry W Morton

Modern Bonsai Practice: 501 Principles of Good Bonsai Horticulture

byLarry W MortonBy (artist)Walter Pall

Hardcover | May 25, 2016

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The most current, useful information on growing Bonsai.  Fresh, practical, definitive, comprehensive reference guide to the finest art of horticulture: growing miniature trees. Common sense bonsai answers separating myth from fact with depth and detail. Appropriate for both bonsai hobbyists and experienced practitioners. Featuring Walter Pall Bonsai.


Foreword, by Walter Pall 7

Acknowledgements 9

Introduction: From the Plant’s Point of View 11

Soil and Substrate Questions

Out of Sight Is Not Out of Mind 17

Organic and Inorganic Materials 20

Physical Properties 26

Chemical Properties 32

Biological Properties 35

Understanding Fertilizers

Essential Elements 38

Organic and Inorganic Fertilizers 40

Fertilize Flawlessly 43

Feeding 101 47

Fast or Slow 49

Liquid or Granular 52

Spring or Fall 54

By the Numbers 55

Fertilizers Are Supplements 62

Can’t Always Blame Fertilizers 64

Understanding Biostimulants and Other Such Chemicals 635

Growing Superb Roots

The Perfect Tree 73

Growing Superb Roots 73

Sink Your Roots 75

How Roots Respond 81

Root Pruning 86

The Root Collar 90

Getting Back to Roots 92

Keeping Branches Happy

Branch Parts 97

Keeping Branches Happy 97

Switching Systems 101

Branch Responses 104

The Form of Trees 106

Branching Out 112

Pruning and Manipulating Stems

What Is Pruning? 117

Responses to Branch Pruning 117

Before Making the Cut 119

That Was a Kind Cut 123

Prune Like a Pro 127

Wiring, Major Bending and Minor

Tree Surgery 135

Tools of the Trade 139

Treat My Cuts 139

Keeping Foliage Happy

Solar Power 144

How Foliage Responds 146

Budding Bonsai 151

Leave Our Leaves 152

They Shrunk My Leaves 157

Leaves a’ Blazing 158

Responding to Potting

Plants Grow in a Tightly Connected Systems 162

Why and When to Repot 162

Before Potting or Transplanting 166

During Potting 167

After Potting 170

Water, Light, and Temperature

Water Wisely 175

Lighten Up 182

This Cold, Cold Pot 185

Extreme Heat 188

Bonsai Challenges

Content with Our Natural Beauty 192

Why We Are So Small 192

How We Adapt 194

Looking Good 197

Pestering Pathogens 200

Good and Bad 202

Crawling Critters 203

Time to Recover 204

Walter Pall Gallery 209

Index 335

About the Author: Larry Morton, BS Ornamental Horticulture, is the former owner of Landscape Consultants, Inc, and Preferred Trees Nursery. He provides seasoned, proven, professional advice on how you can care for your miniature trees.

BS Ornamental Horticulture . Former owner of Landscape Consultants, Inc., and Preferred Trees Nursery. Larry Morton provides seasoned, proven professional advice on how you can care for your miniature trees.Walter Pall is the world renowned bonsai artist/photographer of all the bonsai images in Modern Bonsai Practice. From his website...
Title:Modern Bonsai Practice: 501 Principles of Good Bonsai HorticultureFormat:HardcoverProduct dimensions:346 pages, 10 × 8 × 1.06 inShipping dimensions:10 × 8 × 1.06 inPublished:May 25, 2016Publisher:Larry MortonLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0692521399

ISBN - 13:9780692521397


Table of Contents

Foreword, by Walter Pall 7Acknowledgements 9Introduction: From the Plant's Point of View 11Soil and Substrate QuestionsOut of Sight Is Not Out of Mind 17Organic and Inorganic Materials 20Physical Properties 26Chemical Properties 32Biological Properties 35Understanding FertilizersEssential Elements 38Organic and Inorganic Fertilizers 40Fertilize Flawlessly 43Feeding 101 47Fast or Slow 49Liquid or Granular 52Spring or Fall 54By the Numbers 55Fertilizers Are Supplements 62Can't Always Blame Fertilizers 64Understanding Biostimulants andOther Such Chemicals 635Growing Superb RootsThe Perfect Tree 73Growing Superb Roots 73Sink Your Roots 75How Roots Respond 81Root Pruning 86The Root Collar 90Getting Back to Roots 92Keeping Branches HappyBranch Parts 97Keeping Branches Happy 97Switching Systems 101Branch Responses 104The Form of Trees 106Branching Out 112Pruning and Manipulating StemsWhat Is Pruning? 117Responses to Branch Pruning 117Before Making the Cut 119That Was a Kind Cut 123Prune Like a Pro 127Wiring, Major Bending and Minor Tree Surgery 135Tools of the Trade 139Treat My Cuts 139Keeping Foliage HappySolar Power 144How Foliage Responds 146Budding Bonsai 151Leave Our Leaves 152They Shrunk My Leaves 157Leaves a' Blazing 158Responding to PottingPlants Grow in Tightly Connected Systems 162Why and When to Repot 162Before Potting or Transplanting 166During Potting 167After Potting 170Water, Light, and TemperatureWater Wisely 175Lighten Up 182This Cold, Cold Pot 185Extreme Heat 188Bonsai ChallengesContent with Our Natural Beauty 192Why We Are So Small 192How We Adapt 194Looking Good 197Pestering Pathogens 200Good and Bad 202Crawling Critters 203Time to Recover 204Walter Pall Gallery 209Index 335