Repotting to Bigei Pot for Kifu Taxus

kifu-yew-mar-2017I collected this Taxus Baccata in 2004 and it has been through many iterations before arriving at the Kifu size (Ian Warhust always said that the tree should be a small one)

Take a look HERE at a possible early pot selection from Tom Benda, or HERE  or HERE for a progress post.

The pot that the tree has been in for the last two years was purchased when I was judging a show in China and it’s the right size for sure. BUT the quality is not great, it’s a good training pot but not good enough for exhibition. I intend to show this tree over the next three years so a change of pot was required. This Tokoname Bigei Pot is by – Mr. Hirata Atsumi and was purchased in 2016 for this tree.

Creating a cascade pine rock planting

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Planting a pine tree in the cascade style is not an easy task, selecting stone that has both the weight and interest is important. The stone was collected by my wonderful friend in Bonsai Terry Foster. It is Devonian schist and very old indeed. It is extremely hard and not easy to drill or cut.

The video and the photos covers most of the ‘how to’, placing the Keto is important so that the soil mixture stays in position and does not wash away when watering.

Bonsai Europa 2017 Promo video

Bonsai Europa is the largest exhibition of Bonsai from across Europa to be staged in the UK. Over 150 World Class Bonsai from over 12 countries will be on display to the public, live demonstrations and lectures a free hands-on children’s workshops including a tree to take home and a huge bonsai Market Place. There is also a Bonsai Clinic for visitors to get advice and help. Visit the event website

2017 91st Kokufu Bonsai Exhibition­– Part 1

Great post from my buddy Bill

Valavanis Bonsai Blog

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The 91st Kokufu Bonsai Exhibition is being held on February 4-8, 2017 at the Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum in Ueno Park, Tokyo, Japan. The exhibition is being held in two parts in order to display more trees. On February 9th, all two hundred plus trees will be replaced by another two hundred plus more masterpiece bonsai. Part 2 of the exhibition will be held on February 10-13, the same time as the Nippon Suiseki Exhibition, also in the same building on the fourth floor.

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Observations on Part 1:

There are new backgrounds in the main gallery where most of the larger size bonsai are displayed. The old backgrounds are beige, smooth and shinny and are still being used in the other three galleries. The new ones are white with a slight texture like burlap and a bit reflective. Well, the entire room is bright white and quite…

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