mxd
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New to the bonsai

Hello all I'm new here and I love bonsai trees. Now normally I don't just buy then research but I did. I am the proud owner of 2 small juniper bonsai trees. I hope you don't mind me picking your brains but any books you could recommened would be great. I love to learn as much as I could to give them the best lives I can. I am a newbee but I want to do this right. So hello and happy bonsai-ing

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MXD,
Welcome to the forum & Bonsai.

There is an absolute ton of info available on bonsai on the net.

In fact, It is at your fingertips as you read this.

Here are a few books for you. The first two are my favorites & take note of 'The Nakas'

'The Living Art of Bonsai' by Prof. Amy Liang:
This is an excellent Book IMO {With a strong Chinese perspective}, Lots of good info wrt to root work and branching as well as the pics.
More than pictures here.
The ISBN# is 1402719019 For that one btw.

Here are a few more:

Even better IMO 'Bonsai: It's Art, Science, History, and Philosophy' - By Deborah Koreshoff ISBN 0881923893.

Bonsai techniques Vol I & Vol II by John Yoshio Naka
ISBN 0930422317 & ISBN 093042233
These two books are often referred to [in America] as the 'Bonsai Bibles'.

A few more books and authors you may want to consider checking out:

Be aware of their initial publishing date as often they are reprinted [but not updated] Opinions on {IE} soil components [As well as their availability]
have changed considerably over the past decade and a half or so.

Bonsai in your Home by Paul Lesniewicz - ISBN 0806907819

Grow your own Bonsai by Colin Lewis & Neil Sutherland - ISBN 1402713584

Complete book of Bonsai by Harry Tomlinson - ISBN 1558591184

Bonsai 101 essential tips by Harry Tomlinson - ISBN 0789410753

Pocket Bonsai by David Prescott - ISBN 1843305860

Bonsai a Care Manual by Colin Lewis - ISBN 157145988X

The Art of Bonsai by Colin Lewis - ISBN 1402700709

Bonsai survival manual by Collin Lewis - ISBN 0882668536

Bonsai Ortho Books - ISBN 0897214986

Beautiful Bonsai by Bruno Delmer - ISBN 1402714335

Bonsai by Susan Lang - ISBN 0376030461

Creating Bonsai Landscapes by Su Chin Ee - ISBN 1580174841

Mountains in the sea by Phan Van Lit - ISBN 0881925152

Bonsai Landscapes by Peter Adams - ISBN 0706377672

Totally Bonsai by Craig Coussins - ISBN 0804834202

Bonsai School by Craig Coussins - ISBN1402703686


Learn about the profound difference between the Chinese, Penjing, approach to bonsai, and that of the Japanese.
These two books are by a curator of the Shanghai Botanical Garden:

CHINESE PENJING, Miniature Trees and Landscapes
Hu Yunhua, Text translator: Karin Albert-Shue
1987, Timber Press, Portland, Or; $39.95
Intermediate [No ISBN sorry]

Penjing, The Chinese Art of Miniature Gardens
Hu Yunhua ISBN 0917304705
1982, Timber Press / Am Horticultural Soc.
Beginner

If you have anymore questions, Just ask.

ynot

mxd
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Thanks for the info I will check out the books and the web.

ynot
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mxd,

I have no idea what size stock/trees you are working with but you may find [url=https://www.bonsai4me.com/AdvTech/ATJuniperStory.htm]this[/url] quite interesting.

ynot



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