Heart of Dixie Bonsai

Growing Bonsai in South Alabama

Welcome to The Heart of Dixie Bonsai

A website dedicated to the growing of bonsai in the deep South.  I hope to use the pages to share with you the joy and heartaches of this rewarding hobby.  Also, maybe share some of the fun we have here in South Alabama.

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Azalea City Bonsai Society

I hope to fill these pages with bonsai, tips, and techniques; but there really is no substitute for the "hands on" type of experience that you get from working with people in your area.  I recommend that you seek out a local bonsai club.  I live in Mobile, Alabama and our club is the Azalea City Bonsai Society.  We meet the first Tuesday of the month, except for July, at 6:30 PM in the Garden Center.  The address is 4690 Springhill Avenue, Mobile, Alabama 36608.  I would like to personally invite you to join us.  If you need more info, just use the contact button below.


SEE YOU THERE!

Site Updates

Updated the Bald Cypress I Progression Page - 6.5.2018
Started the Bald Cypress Clump Progression Page - 6.16.218
Started the Satsuki Azalea "Wakaebisu" Page - 8.11.2018

Latest News, Articles, and Additions

HEDGE TRIMMING A COUPLE OF ELMS

I do this many times throughout the growing season - hedge trimming.  Walther Pall has an excellent article on the subject, read it here.  It is a great tool for development of your trees.  I mean why not hedge if it is not a show tree, who cares...


Category: Blog Post

SAVING A SERISSA

If you have been keeping up with the blog, earlier you nay have read, "A Goodbye for an Old Friend".  I posted an update to that article showing how it had recovered today and it was an impressive recovery.  So, I thought that I would try it on...


Category: Blog Post

OK, MY AZALEA HAS FINISHED BLOOMING, WHAT NOW?

I see this question asked a lot on various bonsai forums and, at times, on Facebook so I thought I would write and article about how I treat my azaleas post flowering. Before I get started, let me offer this little disclaimer: This is by no means...


Category: Blog Post

OVULINIA AZALEAE, OR PETAL BLIGHT, THE BANE OF THE AZALEA ENTHUSIAST

You may have experienced it, I know that I have.  One day you are outside admiring your azalea bonsai’s beautiful blooms, the next day you check them and they have all turned to jelly and are hanging off the plant like some type of slime.  What...


Category: Blog Post

USING A BOARD TO IMPROVE NEBARI AND ROOTS

This isn’t anything new and not my idea or innovation, but it is, however a great way to improve the nebari and roots on your bonsai.  What is “nebari”, you ask.  Well for those who aren’t familiar with the term, it is a Japanese term, and simply...


Category: Tips and Tricks

WHAT ABOUT NAPA FLOOR DRY?

If you read the post on Optisorb (if not, read it here), you know that I have been shopping around for a replacement for pumice in my soil mix.  I have read in various places on the net that a lot of people are using Napa Floor Dry so I found some...


Category: Tips and Tricks

A LOOK A OPTISORB

Since I am having a difficult time sourcing pumice in the Heart of Dixie, I have been looking at alternatives.  I read about Optisorb on my favorite bonsai forum, www.bonsainut.com, and found out that it was available a Oriley's for $16.99 for a 25...


Category: Tips and Tricks

NEW TRIMMERS

Up for review is the thinning shear by Corona.  I have used Corona tools before, I found a pair of shears that were very "bonsai" tool-like years ago at target and they ended up being the best pair of shears that I have ever owned.  They are...


Category: Tips and Tricks

THE SECRET LIVES OF APHIDS, PART II

If you liked this article, The Secret Lives of Aphids, You might find this one interesting as a follow-up.  There is something about bugs...I don't know, maybe it is just the kid in me--poor mom, I was always bringing something home in a jar to...


Category: Everything Else

HAPPY ST. PATRICK'S DAY FROM THE HOME OF THE CREIGHTON LEPRECHAUN

Happy St Patrick's Day from the Heart of Dixie, home of the Creighton Leprechaun.  While leprechauns are usually associated with Irish lore and are home based in Ireland, apparently one made it across the pond years ago and appeared one night in...


Category: Everything Else

DRAGON'S DUST

Favorite Minion and I have always liked to add a little spice to certain dishes, either to add a little flavor or maybe even a little kick.  There are a lot of things out there on the market, like hot sauces that will turn your mouth to and inferno...


Category: Everything Else

SPICY PEAR CHOW CHOW

In September, the local pears start getting ripe.  I am not sure of the type of pear they are, I have always heard them referred to as a “sand pear”.  Unfortunately, the past winter did not have enough chill to it to produce enough chill in my area...


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