In this book, horticulturalist Richard W. Bender shares his innovative technique, providing you with advice on choosing the appropriate herbs for the kinds of bonsai you wish to create. Practical instructions guide you through every step of the process: Training container-grown and field-grown bonsai; shaping, pruning, and wiring; choosing the right pot; dressing with rocks and ground covers; and caring for herbal bonsai.
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The main concept of the book--growing bonsai in 6 months to a year from herbs like thyme and rosemary--may appeal to a few novices (and I consider myself a novice) who want instant results. But the results are mostly skinny, scraggly, unattractive plants that can hardly be considered true bonsai. The ugly picture on the cover just about says it all, with its oversized pot heaped with large rocks, totally out of proportion with the mess of twigs that the author wants us to call a bonsai tree. The quality of the book is redeemed somewhat by providing an easy introduction to the basic principles and methods of bonsai creation. It might be worth a look if you know nothing about bonsai and would like to grow some herbs on your kitchen counter or window sill.
I have already read many bonsai books, and this one didn't bring any techniques that I didn't already know. The herbs suggested (though not all herbs, per se) are relatively common plants. If you are a creative thinker and a bonsai enthusiast, you already look at things with an eye towards trying it out.
If you're new to bonsai, and looking for inexpensive or quick growing plants to learn with, this book will be helpful. You'll want to find other books to teach the actual techniques though.
Very good basic guide to herbal bonsai. Didn't answer all my questions, but most of them. Feeling a little more confident about my attempts.
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