New 2019/20 Catalogs

After a number of failed attempts to upload some new catalogs I’ve managed to get them onto the catalog page and actually work – Yay!

Just go to the catalog page and click on the blue links to see what Shibui Bonsai has available this season.

As usual, please be aware that some of the trees featured in the catalogs will already have been sold. I’ll attempt to update the files whenever I can but the reality is they will usually be way behind the actual stock. Thank you for your patience.

Field grown pre bonsai stock

By spring sales stock at Shibui Bonsai are usually at the lowest levels. Most of the trees Shibui offers are grown on site. We dig new trees from the grow beds in late winter and pot them up but it takes a few months for those trees to grow new roots. Shipping trees with tender new roots would likely damage those fragile roots as the tree is jostled and shaken in transport. To give you the best stock I don’t ship trees until I am sure the new roots are strong enough to handle the rigors of the postal service.

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Spring 2019

It is officially spring here at Shibui Bonsai and, this year, the trees match the calendar. Most of the trident maples have begun to open new buds with those lovely red new leaves. Here are a couple of my trident maples today.

Trident multi trunk
trident maple
trident maple informal upright
Smaller informal upright trident
Hollow trunk trident shohin size
A really small trident with contorted trunk

Most of the Chinese elms have also started to unfold new leaves. Chinese elms start off with brilliant green buds.

shohin broom style ‘Seiju’ elm
Another shohin sized twin trunk style ‘Seiju’
Another Shohin ‘Seiju’ but slightly behind in budding up this year
Slightly larger ‘Seiju’ elm. First season in a pot for this one.

Finally for today, a crab apple. Leaves have opened fast this year. Flowers should follow soon after. This one is old enough to have developed plenty of fruiting spurs so it is usually a mass of flowers. Crab apple flowers come and go pretty quick but I’ll try to catch it at its best for you.

Crab apple

Root over Rock tridents – 1 year on

In the last Shibui Bonsai post I showed how I start root over rock trident maples. They are then planted in large pots or boxes in the nursery for the summer. I find the nursery is the best place because the trees get regular water that can trickle down between the rock and foil and keep any of those shorter roots alive until they grow long enough to reach out the bottom and into the potting mix.

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New root over rock tridents

Spring is rapidly approaching at Shibui bonsai nursery. Some of the Chinese elms already have tiny green shoots opening so the trident maples can’t be far away from starting to grow too. That means I need to get on with any jobs that involve root work.

Making new root over rock plantings is one of those jobs, so this week I emptied out a polystyrene box of last year’s trident seedlings to select some candidates for new root over rock plantings.

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