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Successful Bonsai: Raising Exotic Miniature Trees
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Successful Bonsai: Raising Exotic Miniature Trees

by David Squire
 

An essential reference for growing indoor and outdoor bonsai.

The popularity of raising exotic miniature trees continues to grow, with bonsai gardeners cultivating tropical and subtropical species. Successful Bonsai is an essential reference, providing a wide range of bonsai styles and shapes, along with step-by-step instructions and illustrations

Overview

An essential reference for growing indoor and outdoor bonsai.

The popularity of raising exotic miniature trees continues to grow, with bonsai gardeners cultivating tropical and subtropical species. Successful Bonsai is an essential reference, providing a wide range of bonsai styles and shapes, along with step-by-step instructions and illustrations that expertly guide the gardener through the many pruning and wiring techniques.

This easy-to-use book explains how to grow bonsai both indoors and outdoors; features an illustrated A-Z list of bonsai species with detailed descriptions of 80 plants, including 15 classic species; and recommends a proven pruning regimen. It includes information on:

  • Choosing appropriate training styles
  • Cultivating and propagating
  • Dealing with diseases and pests
  • Shaping an established plant
  • Sowing seedlings
  • Building a collection.

Successful Bonsai is not only an informative and practical guide, but also a superb source of inspiration. It will instill confidence in the beginner and spark the imagination of the experienced bonsai artist.

Editorial Reviews

London Free Press - Ken Smith
Readers will be surprised to find a number of common indoor plants, such as the jade plant and the ficus, can be trained and pruned into exciting bonsai.
Edmonton Sun - Patty Jessome
A joy to read, with excellent instructions and gorgeous photographs.
Harrisburg Patriot-News - George Weigel
Especially helpful graphics and photos.
Scripps Howard News Service - Maureen Gilmer
A superior book for aficionados and novices alike... It turns a complex form of gardening into an easy-to-understand process... exceptional illustrations that are large and detailed... one of the most intuitive guides to growing bonsai for the Westerner. It's an affordable paperback that will not only help save the lives of bonsai trees all across America, but probably will inspire the birth of millions more.
Chicago Botanic Gardens Current Books on Gardening - Marilyn K. Alaimo
Lavishly illustrated with photographs and drawings so large and clear they seem to leap from the pages... comprehensive... step-by-step instructions are understandable.
Beach Metro Community News - Mary Fran McQuade
[3/5 starred review] Clear, illustrated instructions help beginners feel confident about starting, training and caring for bonsai in many different styles.
Country Accents - Tricia Landry Wallace
This informative and beautifully illustrated book would be a fantastic addition to any gardener's library.
Maureen "Mo" Gilmer
David Squire has created a superior book for aficionados and novices alike. Successful Bonsai: Raising Exotic Miniature Trees is worth every penny. It turns a complex form of gardening into an easy-to-understand process. The book features exceptional illustrations that are large and detailed so you get a clear look at what's going on... The 50-page, fully illustrated archive of bonsai plants at the back of the book is a treasure trove of information and ideas... David Squire has indeed written one of the most intuitive guides to growing bonsai for the westerner. It's an affordable paperback that will not only help save the lives of bonsai trees all across America, but likely will inspire the birth of millions more.
Victoria Times-Colonist - Helen Chesnutt
Successful Bonsai combines visual appeal with meticulous detail to inspire both novice and experienced bonsai practitioners.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781554071579
Publisher:
Firefly Books, Limited
Publication date:
03/15/2011
Edition description:
Reprint edition
Pages:
160
Sales rank:
1,334,318
Product dimensions:
8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.50(d)

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Meet the Author

David Squire is a horticulturist, gardening writer and editor, and the author of more than 70 gardening books, including The Bonsai Specialist and The Scented Garden. He lives in England.

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