Bonsai Herps

Always something new in the garden! I moved my Dawn Redwood ‘Bonsai’ dwarf conifer and found a surprise resident under the pot. I think it is a Northern Brown Snake. Herpetologists please chime in.

I put the pot back to restore the summer condo….

Making Moss Staples

I use aluminum wire staples to help keep moss pieces in place until the moss takes hold on its own. I make the moss staples by wrapping multiple turns of light gauge wire around the Bonsai Wire Bending Grip. Then I remove the coiled wire and cut the ends off with heavy duty scissors or wire cutters. The staples are barely visible when pushed below the surface of the moss.

Inexpensive tool protection

Pieces of closed cell foam 1/2″ or 3/4″ pipe insulation works very well to protect the sharp, polished cutting surfaces of my bonsai tools while in storage. If the tool roll pocket openings are the right size you can also insert the foam insulation into the pockets to protect the cutting ends of smaller tools.

Plastic salsa bowls make great bonsai starter pots!

Used plastic salsa bowls make great, inexpensive bonsai starter pots! I found mine at a local thrift store. Just drill a large hole in the bottom. A Unibit type drill bit works best to make larger holes in controlled progressive steps. This drill bit also works well for adding or enlarging holes in heavy gauge plastic nursery pots and mica pots.

New Bonsai Wiring Product!

The Bonsai Wire Bending Grip was developed and designed by because of the need to make quick, accurate, well formed and fitting bonsai pot drainage hole “looped” wire screen retainers of different sizes and wire diameters. Especially during the busy tasks of re-potting multiple trees, swapping and preparing new pots!

The Bonsai Wire Bending Grip supports making many other useful retainer styles, wire bending/shaping needs and accurate measurement tasks.

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