Bonsai is a centuries-old, refined art developed by talented Japanese artists, but don’t let that deter you. Anyone can learn the art and craft of growing bonsai – you don’t even need a green thumb!
Bonsai Trees for Beginners is a comprehensive course that will teach you the cultivation techniques, such as pruning, root reduction, potting, defoliation, and grafting, to produce miniature trees that resemble the shape and scale of their full-size counterparts!
In this online program, you will gain the knowledge and skills to propagate, grow, maintain, and style bonsai trees, as well as tips on landscaping and a history on this fascinating horticultural art!
On completion of this course, you will feel confident to grow, maintain and style a bonsai tree, as well as create a bonsai garden.
Unit - Bonsai
Unit 1 – Introduction
Plant Taxonomy Botanical/Horticultural Nomenclature, The Binomial System, Botanical Classification, Plant Families and Species, Hybrids, Varieties and Cultivars
Pronunciation of Plant Names
Groups of Plants
Unit 2 – Propagation
Methods of Propagating Plants sexual propagation, asexual propagation
Seed Propagation collecting seed, storing seed and sowing seed
Growing Medium Mixture functions of a growing medium, properties of a growing medium, drainage, water retention and colour and appearance.
The Nutrient Elements macronutrients and micronutrients
Common Pest Problems on Bonsai eg. aphids, borers, caterpillars, scale and thrips.
Common Fungal Diseases of Plants eg. Anthracnose, Powdery Mildew and Rust
Watering and Fertilising Bonsai symptoms of water deficiency, symptoms of excess water and fertilising.
Repotting and Root Pruning the Bonsai
Maintenance Pruning for Bonsai removing dead/diseased wood, controlling the type of growth, controlling shape and size, rejuvenating, leaf-cutting, basic rules of pruning, points to consider when pruning.
Placing the Bonsai
Unit 7 – Landscaping Principles for Bonsai
Principles of Landscape Design Unity, Balance, Proportion, Harmony, Contrast and Rhythm
Qualities of Landscape Components line, form, mass, space, texture, colour and tone
Creating Landscape Effects
Landscape Applications for Using Bonsai group plantings, ssaikei, bonseki, bonkei, miniature gardens, rock gardens, water gardens.
Bonsai in Tubs and Landscape Features
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