Intermediate / Advanced
This seminar provides a comprehensive discussion of the annual growing cycle of pines. The stages of the cycle and characteristics shown by pines during those stages are defined and heavily illustrated. The timing for successful application of pine bonsai training techniques is related to the stages of the pine cycle in a logical fashion based on signals given by the plant rather than arbitrary calendar dates. Among the techniques discussed are growth restraint, needle length reduction, back budding, feeding, energy distribution, and more. A significant feature of this course is an explanation of how and why black pine bonsai techniques differ from those for most other pines. The confusion surrounding black pine needle size reduction is removed by revealing the reason for those techniques and relating them to the annual cycle. The complexity of conflicting "rules" is replaced with the simplicity and clarity of understanding. Those who attend this seminar will leave with confidence in their ability to successfully grow pine bonsai.
This course also includes a small 2 or 3 year Japanese black pine seedlings grown from Japanese seed. Participants will do preliminary wiring and pruning to begin the creation of a small literati black pine bonsai. The object is to set the path for the plants' future refinement recognizing that a finished tree often takes several years to create.
A CD/DVD of the entire on screen presentation will be available to participants for a small additional fee.
This class will include all material and a coffee break
Julian Adams has been actively engaged in bonsai since receiving a gift bonsai in 1971. In pursuit of this interest, Adams has studied extensively, traveled in Japan to learn about bonsai and to improve his personal skills. Over time, Adams has become a frequent writer of bonsai articles, participates in national bonsai activities, and devotes much time to promoting the art of bonsai. He also regularly teaches at events throughout North America. Now retired, Adams has become a full time bonsai farmer with several thousand plants in process of becoming bonsai. For more information check out his web site www.adamsbonsai.com