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An essential reference for growing indoor and outdoor bonsai.
The cultivation of tropical and subtropical species is setting a new trend among bonsai gardeners. This book features a wide range of bonsai styles and shapes, along with step-by-step instructions and illustrations that expertly guide the reader through the pruning and wiring techniques.
This easy-to-use book covers how to grow bonsai both indoors and outdoors, including building a collection, diseases and pests, cultivating, and propagation.
A major feature of Successful Bonsai is the illustrated A-Z list of bonsai species with descriptions of 80 plants, including 15 classic species. Each entry details complementary training styles, ideal sowing conditions for seedlings, tips on how and when to propagate cuttings, how and when to shape an established plant, and detailed cultivation instructions.
Informative and practical, Successful Bonsai is a superb source of inspiration that will instill confidence in the beginner and spark the imagination of the professional.
David Squire is a horticulturist, gardening writer and editor, and the author of more than 70 gardening books, including The Bonsai Specialist and The Scented Garden. He lives in England.
Especially helpful graphics and photos. -- George Weigel "Harrisburg Patriot-News" (05/14/2006) Clear, illustrated instructions help beginners feel confident about starting, training and caring for bonsai in many different styles.--Mary Fran McQuade"Beach Metro Community News" (11/28/2006) This informative and beautifully illustrated book would be a fantastic addition to any gardener's library.--Tricia Landry Wallace"Country Accents" (01/01/2007) David Squire has created a superior book for aficionados and novices alike. Successful Bonsai: Raising Exotic Miniature Trees is worth every penny. It turns a complex form of gardening into an easy-to-understand process. The book features exceptional illustrations that are large and detailed so you get a clear look at what's going on... The 50-page, fully illustrated archive of bonsai plants at the back of the book is a treasure trove of information and ideas... David Squire has indeed written one of the most intuitive guides to growing bonsai for the westerner. It's an affordable paperback that will not only help save the lives of bonsai trees all across America, but likely will inspire the birth of millions more. Readers will be surprised to find a number of common indoor plants, such as the jade plant and the ficus, can be trained and pruned into exciting bonsai.--Ken Smith"London Free Press" (07/22/2006) A joy to read, with excellent instructions and gorgeous photographs.--Patty Jessome"Edmonton Sun" (09/24/2006) Especially helpful graphics and photos.--George Weigel"Harrisburg Patriot-News" (05/14/2006) A superior book for aficionados and novices alike... It turns a complex form of gardening into an easy-to-understand process... exceptional illustrations that are large and detailed... one of the most intuitive guides to growing bonsai for the Westerner. It's an affordable paperback that will not only help save the lives of bonsai trees all across America, but probably will inspire the birth of millions more.--Maureen Gilmer"Scripps Howard News Service" (08/13/2006) Lavishly illustrated with photographs and drawings so large and clear they seem to leap from the pages... comprehensive... step-by-step instructions are understandable.--Marilyn K. Alaimo"Chicago Botanic Gardens Current Books on Gardening" (05/17/2006) [3/5 starred review] Clear, illustrated instructions help beginners feel confident about starting, training and caring for bonsai in many different styles.--Mary Fran McQuade"Beach Metro Community News" (11/28/2006) Successful Bonsai combines visual appeal with meticulous detail to inspire both novice and experienced bonsai practitioners.--Helen Chesnutt"Victoria Times-Colonist" (01/12/2012)