Greetings Evergreen Azalea lovers!
This article provides a solid background on Evergreen Azaleas, including Satsuki azaleas. The content is from, and credited to, the Italian Satsuki Bonsai Website and is named "Satsuki Tutorial". This is not a tutorial per se, but an article that provides a really good basis with which to learn about Evergreen azaleas, including Satsukis (https://satsukibonsai.com/tutorial/). In the future it is hoped that this guide will expland to cover more topics, especially horticultural, that will help you identify good techniques to keep and style your azalea bonsai.
So why post a website article about Evergreen Azaleas and Satsuki? First, was looking for good satsuki information and I found this free resource in Italian. I can't read Italian and figure some of the other Nuts couldn't either, so I translated the document via Google Translator. Afterwards I edited and formatted the text without changing the content. I did add a few resource links to provide further information. Secondly, this will help provide a place to search for good information about all Azalea bonsai's in one place.
The tutorial will be expanded over time. Presently it provides basic information on
- Satsuki origins,
- flower form, size, color, nomenclature,
- leaf characteristics,
- basic cultivation,
- display and
- repotting and others.
- Maintain the right color distribution of the flowers on Satsuki bonsai
- Perform the different Japanese pruning practices used to cultivate bonsai. (Mesuki, Kiri-Modoshi, Motobadome, Kojiko-kiru and Higari)
Cheers and good reading!
Deep Sea Diver sends
PS: I did contact Satsuki Bonsai to request permission in May. Regretfully, they never responded. I waited and waited, then decided as this is part of the public domain it would be ok to post.