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  1. William N. Valavanis

    Japanese bonsai, 2021

    From the photos I've seen this year, from both part 1 and part 2, it looks to me like the quality is better than in the past. Probably because there are over 100 fewer trees this year because of space so the judges were more critical of the entries. But, beautiful as ever and sorry I had to miss...
  2. William N. Valavanis

    Which Trident maples to purchase from International Bonsai for ground growing?

    Those are the bare-root seedlings. There are 10 per bundle. Each bundle has different sizes for forest plantings
  3. William N. Valavanis

    Which Trident maples to purchase from International Bonsai for ground growing?

    I forgot to mention that my Trident maples have small foliage, not the large size leaves. Thanks for your order!
  4. William N. Valavanis

    Which Trident maples to purchase from International Bonsai for ground growing?

    My bare-root seedlings will require a year to develop a fibrous root system and have a large tap root, with some small roots. During the second year they will begin to develop and grow vigorously. All my potted seedlings have been established in the small pots for one to three years, only have...
  5. William N. Valavanis

    What adhesive to attach wire tie downs to rock prior to planting.

    Baking soda and super glue works great. Masakuni in Japan originally started selling this combination about 40 years ago. We finally figured out the adhesive was simply super glue, not the gel. But, we had a difficult time figuring out what the white powder was. One time I returned home from...
  6. William N. Valavanis

    What adhesive to attach wire tie downs to rock prior to planting.

    I’ve been using Epoxy Putty for about 30 years now with great success. It comes in a long tube. The putty is dark grey with a white center. Kneed the two until it is a uniform color and simply put your wires inside. It is available at Home Depot and Lowes in the plumbing department. Clear two...
  7. William N. Valavanis

    How do I hide this?

    Before and after photos of one of my student's pine during a workshop. Wood glue was used and the wire was removed the next day.
  8. William N. Valavanis

    How do I hide this?

    Simply remove two small pieces of the winged cork bark from the upper trunk and glue them to the bottom of the thin trunk.
  9. William N. Valavanis

    New International BONSAI OnLine Now Available!

    2020/no4 is in the mail. Thanks for waiting for the slow USPS
  10. William N. Valavanis

    New International BONSAI OnLine Now Available!

    www.internationalbonsaionline.com
  11. William N. Valavanis

    New International BONSAI OnLine Now Available!

    Wishing everyone a Merry Xmas and Happy Holiday Season! After publishing International BONSAI for 42 years and producing 164 issues, in order to advance classical bonsai art to a broader world-wide audience, I have decided to suspend the printed edition and expand my educational offerings with...
  12. William N. Valavanis

    Picea Jezoensis/ Yezoensis/ Glenhii/ Sakhalin/ Jezo/ Yezo/ Ezo... SPRUCE CLARIFICATION?!

    I'm working on a rather comprehensive article on Ezo Spruce which will be released soon. But here is some of the text: There are six spruce species native to the northern and high mountain regions of Japan. The “Ezo spruce,” Picea glehnii is the best and most commonly trained spruce for bonsai...
  13. William N. Valavanis

    ***Looking for White Chojubai***

    Hi I have one White Chojubai available. Please e-mail me so I can send photos and information. Thanks, Bill wnv@internationalbonsai.com
  14. William N. Valavanis

    MIRAI YATSUBUSA ELM

    When transplanting wrap wet newspapers around the trunk to protect delicate bark, but still lift carefully. Try to use the upper branches rather than the lowest limbs.
  15. William N. Valavanis

    Weeping Ryusen Maple...winter was harsh

    When I first saw Darlens Ryusen Weeping Japanese maple I wanted to purchase it. She did not want to part with her special tree. So, I went to a local nursery and purchased this specimen for $75. Have been training it for two growing seasons, studying the growth characteristics. Here is what it...
  16. William N. Valavanis

    Chrysanthemums as Bonsai, or Kusamono or Sanyasou

    All the chrysanthemums have been grown outdoors in the full sun. They were brought into a greenhouse a few days ago when the temperature reached 28F. No bugs at all this past summer. I hope to try to keep them over the winter and continue their growth next year. But, I expect the branches to die...
  17. William N. Valavanis

    Chrysanthemums as Bonsai, or Kusamono or Sanyasou

    Like I said only 4 months old.
  18. William N. Valavanis

    Chrysanthemums as Bonsai, or Kusamono or Sanyasou

    In early June I decided to begin experimenting with bonsai chrysanthemums, again, after a 40 year break. Fortunately, I was able to get six cuttings of three different cultivars from Kings Chrysanthemums on June 15th. That is generally too LATE to start training bonsai chrysanthemum which are...
  19. William N. Valavanis

    NEW SHOHIN BONSAI BOOK!

    Yes, this is an all around complete book. The illustrated trees are small, but the same techniques and care applies to all size bonsai.
  20. William N. Valavanis

    NEW SHOHIN BONSAI BOOK!

    Just received a new book! The Ultimate Bonsai Handbook– The Complete Guide for Beginners By Yukio Hirose Softcover 7.5” x 10” 256 pages, HEAVY! Over 1,000 photos and 70 types of bonsai $25, US Shipping $7, ask about foreign shipping This is the newest bonsai book published to date. Mr. Hirose...
  21. William N. Valavanis

    Japanesae company sells akadama with Walter Pall RMJ on it!

    your beautiful juniper has been used on akadama bags for several years. I thought you knew it.
  22. William N. Valavanis

    US NATIONAL BONSAI EXHIBITION ENTRIES NOW OPEN!

    Greetings from Rochester, New York, home of the US National Bonsai Exhibitions. Tomorrow the 2020 7th US National Bonsai Exhibition was scheduled to open. Unfortunately, due to travel and health safety issues of the COVID-19 Virus, the exhibition has been postponed to September 11-12, 2021...
  23. William N. Valavanis

    Kumquat... fortunella hindsii

    Working on an article on Flowering Bonsai which will have extensive information and lots of photos of Dwarf Kumquat. Should be in the next issue of International BONSAI 2020/NO. 3 issue.
  24. William N. Valavanis

    What wine goes with a JWP “Nano”?

    You know my choice. sweet tea!
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