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Everything you need to know about bonsai care, maintenance, design, and arrangement. With clear explanations of bonsai and what it is, these 101 easy-to-grasp tips have everything you need to get the results you want.
Build knowledge and confidence with this must-have pocket guide, filled with the essentials you're looking for including pointers and advice on cultivating bonsai plants. Create a sense of balance and serenity in your home with these beautiful miniature trees and bring the ancient practice into the 21st century. Using a step-by-step approach, 101 Essential Tips: Bonsai explains design and style principles, which containers to use, how to cultivate a bonsai plant and more. Learn about the different suitable species, from Japanese red maple to Scots pine, find out how to prune, reshape with wiring, implement Saikei and rock planting, and develop a watering routine to keep your living art healthy.
Whether you want to build on your basic skills or become an expert, 101 Essential Tips: Bonsai is right for you. This pocket guide is chock-full of information to guide you, inspire you, and give you the knowledge and confidence you're looking for.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful.
Not a Guide
If it hadn't only been $5, I would have returned it. I was looking for a book to get started with bonsai but this book is terrible. If you only have an interest in looking at pictures of bonsai and not in growing them, you might like this book. If you actually want to try your hand at the art, look elsewhere for a guide because this one won't even get you started. It would be an okay book for a children's classroom to introduce them to something new but is otherwise useless.
A lot of the information it does have is useless, it will tell you that you can grow a bonsai from cuttings(which anyone with any plant experience would already know) but it does not tell you how to cut and prepare it(someone that didn't know you could get a tree from a cutting would need this information).
Additionally, it does not deliver on the promises it has on the back cover. It's like a badly organized power-point turned into a book.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful.
Its good for looking at nice pictures..
Since this is the shorter version of another bonsai book, a lot of info is left out, like how to do things step by step. I realize these are just tips but if you are getting tips then that most likely means you're more of a beginner and if that's the case then the lack of step-by-step instructions makes it not the best books for beginners.
I would suggest you try to get a more fuller book if you really want to get serious.
0 of 0 people found the following review helpful.
This would make a great addition to a gift set for someone wanting to get started with bonsai.
By D. Briscoe
Bonsai - 101 Essential Tips, won't be the only book I read on the subject, but it is great for a beginner to bonsai. It was only $5 at the time of purchase, and a very good value for that price.
This is the size of a pocket book rather than a full sized book. I wish that this had been even more in depth. Maybe that would discourage some people from the hobby though.
This was a concise overview and how to. It explained the history, why to do it, ways to get started building your collection of specimens ( grow from seed, grow from cuttings, collect from the wild, etc). It showed how to take cuttings, how to root them, how to do air layering, etc. It explained the different bonsai styles and included pictures of each. He listed attributes that give bonsai character - texture, bark, shape, taper, ...ways to give your piece that aged and graceful look. Then for each style it explained the tools used, plants, methods of achieving the styles, wiring, pots used, ways to display, and methods of collecting trees. There was a fair amount of attention given to root trimming and care. There was also a fertilizing and care/maintenance guide. Finally, it gave a list of about 20 trees that tend to work well for bonsai. Each explanation and each tree or plant explained had a color photo to accompany it.
It is surprising just how much information fit into such a small and short book. Harry is a man of few but well thought out words.
This would make a great addition to a gift set for someone wanting to get started with bonsai. It is encouraging, not condescending in any way, easy to follow, and makes it seem like with a bit of patience, even the beginner reading the book can achieve good results with the advanced methods presented (rooting on rocks was even completely shown/explained). I really think it gave about as much information as a much longer book simply because it was about the art and methods and was not filled with fluff and anecdotes.
It would not be something I would select for an intermediate to advanced bonsai hobbyist though. This book was not meant for that level of bonsai enthusiast.
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