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Growing miniature trees is now simpler than ever before. Noted Bonsai expert and best-selling author Herb Gustafson has made this ancient art accessible to anyone by presenting shortcuts, new ideas, handy tricks, and time-saving techniques for every aspect of successful Bonsai growing. Begin by carefully choosing a pot by taking into account its size, shape, color, and material. Next select your plant. Handy lists, including recommended plants for beginners and one of plants to avoid, help you find the species that's right for your climate, schedule, and personality. Prepare your soil and get ready to train your Bonsai. Learn to shape with and without wire and by using weights, clamps, and turnbuckles. Important information is also included on repotting, watering, dealing with pests and diseases, and other care and maintenance concerns. Glorious full-color photographs showcasing beautiful, thriving Bonsai will inspire you to get started. By eliminating the common pitfalls into which beginners tend to fall, this unique handbook turns a once daunting activity into a joyous, peaceful pastime. 96 pages (all in color), 6 1/4 x 10 1/4.