The Complete Book of Bonsai is a comprehensive practical guide to the art of bonsai written by Harry Tomlinson, one of Europe's leading artists. This book covers all the basics and then some, and will impress beginners as well as experienced enthusiasts alike. It includes an overview of more than 100 bonsai species plus tools and techniques; tips for cultivating and training from seed; detailed instructions for shaping and pruning; information on care and general maintenance. Add this to your library as your go-to compendium: it's filled with essential information and inspiring ideas, and includes more than 150 photographs and illustrations. It is considered by many to be the definitive bonsai book for the hobbyist.
- The Complete Book of Bonsai,hardcover, 224 pages
- Authored by internationally renowned European bonsai artist and lecturer, Harry Tomlinson
- Explains classic bonsai styles, artistic forms and creative expression
- Clear, easy-to-read step-by-step instructions for cultivation, shaping, care and maintenance
- Filled with more than 150 gorgeous how-to photos and illustrations
Tips on Watering
Careful watering is key to maintaining healthy bonsai. Never allow your bonsai to completely dry out. Watering instructions may vary slightly depending on the tree or plant species. Please refer to the information tag attached to your bonsai for specific information. Over time you will be able to evaluate each particular bonsai's water requirements and create your own watering schedule to accommodate it. Note whether your bonsai is considered an indoor or outdoor tree and refer below to more specific watering tips for each type.
Best results are achieved by watering with a small watering can or hose attachment with a fine-spray nozzle so that water cascades are softer, avoiding blasts to bonsai and potting soil. To water, thoroughly soak the container's soil until water runs out of the bottom drainage holes. Periodic misting of the tree's foliage is also recommended.
Trimming and Pinching
Bonsai trees benefit from trimming to maintain their miniature size and beautiful form. Pinch and trim new growth back to the farthest safe point, being careful not to remove all new growth. For more in-depth tips about trimming (and training) techniques, an instructional book will provide the best, safest recommendations to keep your bonsai in tip-top shape.