A comprehensive course to gain a full understanding of techniques needed to ensure full health of trees, as well as covering aesthetic principles and design-related techniques to create truly great bonsai from yamadori material.
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Maintenance of Bonsai requires the long-term cultivation of trees in containers, which is not their natural habitat. Containers restrict and affect root growth, nutrition uptake, and transpiration (soil moisture). Basic understanding of plant physiology and the horticultural requirements of plants in containers is therefore critical for maintaining and developing healthy trees over time.
To transform yamadori material into great bonsai requires first and foremost strong health in the trees to ensure positive responses to techniques used during their formation. However developing bonsai requires much more than growing small healthy trees in pots. The proportions, shape, design and details are all critical to obtain beautiful bonsai appearing as mature old trees despite their small sizes. Forming a bonsai therefore requires understanding of bonsai aesthetics to guide the long-term design, as well as a good command of the techniques that allow the realisation of the design on the tree.
We will cover both the fundamental topics associated with the growth and maintenance of health in bonsai, as well as topics related to bonsai aesthetic principles and the techniques that can be employed to create truly great bonsai from yamadori material.
The topics covered will include...
Topic 1: Introduction to plant physiology and bonsai cultivation
We will cover basic plant physiology and its relevance to bonsai cultivation.
Topic 2: Soils and their characteristics
We will cover soil science topics, focusing on types and characteristics of soils used for bonsai. How to use and mix them according to the species and cultivation conditions.
Topic 3: Repotting
An in-depth session focused on the process of repotting bonsai. How to recognise when trees need repotting, specific repotting techniques and methodologies.
Topic 4: Fertilizing
We will cover types of nutrients, as well as appropriate feeding regimes during different seasons and stages of bonsai development.
Topic 5: Pests and diseases
We will cover a wide range of topics covering pest control. Types, identification and treatments of pests and plant diseases most relevant to species generally used in bonsai.
Topic 6: Design principles
We will cover basic design principles important for bonsai creation and development, including movement, balance, simplicity or space.
Topic 7: Selecting and establishing plant material/yamadori
We will look at desirable qualities to look for on plant and yamadori material including trunk and branch features. We will also cover techniques for successful establishment of newly collected yamadori material.
Topic 8: Wiring
We will cover this crucial technique extensively as it is necessary to train and style bonsai trees and therefore realise bonsai designs.
Topic 9: Prunning
Like wiring, correct prunning decisions are essential for the correct development of bonsai. We will cover detailed prunning in different species.
Topic 10: Development and maintenance techniques
We will cover specialised techniques used in the maintenance and development of tress, including pinching, defoliation, metsumi, meikiri, etc.
Topic 11: Advanced techniques for bonsai development
We will cover specialised techniques used to transform and develop trees, particularly yamadori material. These techniques will include grafting, air layering or branch bending.
The course, theory and practice, will be taught by Nacho Salar and will take on Sundays (10am-6pm). The class group will be limited to a maximum of 10 students.
Things students should bring:
The cost of each class is £125 + 20%VAT (£150).
The classes for 2023 will be:
Sunday 5th of March 2023
May 2023 (date tbc)
June 2023 (date tbc)
October 2023 (date tbc)