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Indoor Bonsai for Beginners: selection, care, training [Paperback]

Werner Busch
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24 April 1997
Don't buy a scrawny, mass-produced bonsai tree from the shopping mall. Grow your own by cooperating with its natural growth direction as you sculpt it into its greatest potential beauty. Learn how to pick a specimen, how to estimate its age, and how and when to replace the soil, plus tips on techniques, containers, and combating pests. All aspects of daily care are covered. 112 pages (all in color), 6 1/2 x 9 1/2.

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  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Cassell Illustrated (24 April 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0706375831
  • ISBN-13: 978-0706375831
  • Product Dimensions: 24 x 17 x 0.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 113,126 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The term bonsai means a plant, usually a tree or shrub grown in a container, that is made to look like a mature tree through the use of various training techniques. Read the first page
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69 of 70 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent bonsai book for all beginners. 6 Jan 1999
By A Customer
This book is a must have for all bonsai lovers and beginners. It is highly informative, straight to the point, easy to follow for beginners. The book covers briefly on the selection, care and training for bonsai, together with an A to Z bonsai species, which is highly useful as a reference to bonsai buying. This book is highly praised and recommended.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book ! 21 July 2010
An excellent book that makes the art of bonsai seem very simple, and it is a very easy to follow instructions !
I would definitely recommend this to anyone wanting to get a bonsai tree !
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good Read 4 April 2014
By tormoss
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Very good book worth the money , but would have preferred a few more illustrations compliment the text , well worth reading
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4.0 out of 5 stars Beginning Bonsai 15 Sep 2013
By speedy
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This is a fine wee book for anyone interested in Bonsai plants, or just like me having a dabble at it. It has some good photos, and explains in general, things one ought to know about the hobby. Yep I like it .
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5.0 out of 5 stars This book is my Bonsai trees' best friend. 24 Jun 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
I would recommend this book to every first time bonsai owner. I'm sure that if my current trees could speak, they would thank me for reading this book prior to making my bonsai selection. My first bonsai tree did not fair so well. It appears I did everything wrong the first time around. First I selected an out door tree for an indoor garden. I did not know when to trim the tree or how to fertilize. I thought all bonsai needed the same care guidelines. I was very wrong and the tree died.
I love the section on individual tree care. Now when I find a bonsai that I love, I just pull out my copy of Indoor Bonsai for Beginners: Selection, Care, Training, and find out if the tree will thrive in the location I have available. If not, I do the tree a favor and leave it for someone who has the proper location.
Thanks to this book I know which trees will fair well in an office window with only the morning sun. I know to have a drip tray, sprayer and other supplies waiting for the trees to arrive. I know to find out when the bonsai was last transplanted and fertilized. This book is definitely my Bonsai Trees' best friend and a MUST READ for anyone thinking about owning a bonsai. Just do your tree a favor and read it before you make your tree selection.
33 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not many books on indoor bonsai! 1 Mar 2008
By Ralph Busch - Published on Amazon.com
The first part of this book is general information and it is written for indoor bonsais. The pictures of the bonsais are of smaller trees, not the large bonsai trees that you see in many books. These are trees that the average person can have in their home. I think that indoor bonsais are smaller than outdoor bonsais. The author says much of the fascination of this hobby is derived from the experience of watching a plant grow. So the first section he describes in detail how to grow a bonsai from the very beginning.

An indoor bonsai does not mean that it lives indoors all year. All bonsais grow better if they are outside as long as your area will permit. An indoor bonsai is one that can live in the house during the winter without a dramatic set back. Outdoor bonsais on the other hand must spend the winter out doors. If you try to keep them in the house for the winter they will eventually die. Most bonsai books include many of the indoor bonsais, but they don't label them as indoor bonsais and they don't tell you how to keep them thriving in the house for the winter.

The second section is the "A-Z of Indoor Bonsai Species". There are 45 indoor bonsais in this book. Each bonsai has a brief description of the tree or shrub. Position, Soil, Watering, Feeding, Training, Acquiring a plant, and Pest are described for each bonsai. It ends with any particular features that make it suitable for training as a bonsai. There is a picture for each bonsai described. The name and age of the bonsai are under each picture.

There are not many books that are devoted to indoor bonsais. The section on each species gives you good information. There is more information in this book than you will often find in a larger book. It's a good book for indoor bonsais. This book is not only for beginners it is for anyone who wants to learn more about how to care for indoor bonsai.
41 of 45 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good introductory indoor bonsai book 6 Feb 2001
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
As stated in the title this book is about indoor bonsai, or more precisely how to grow and maintain tropical bonsai indoors. It doesn't contain much info on non tropical species, which are more appropriate to growing outdoors. There are many beautiful pictures that will inspire the beginning bonsai artist to create masterpieces of their own. Highly recommended beginners book.
23 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Indoor Bonsai for Beginners 19 Jun 2000
By Alberto D Gomez - Published on Amazon.com
This is an excelent book about indoor bonsai. I've been buying books looking for tips in selection,care and training of indoor bonsais but most of the authors insist that this is an outdoor activity. In Indoor Bonsai for Beginners I found helpful information and a lot of pictures and drawings
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bonsai for Beginners 17 Oct 2009
By Lynn Maize - Published on Amazon.com
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This is an excellent book for anyone just getting interested in Bonsai. It gives you just enough information to make informed decisions - without overwhelming you.
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