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Bonsai (101 Essential Tips) Paperback – Illustrated, September 8, 2003
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- Paperback : 72 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0789496879
- Item Weight : 3.84 ounces
- ISBN-13 : 978-0789496874
- Dimensions : 4.9 x 0.24 x 6.94 inches
- Publisher : DK; Illustrated edition (September 8, 2003)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #5,058 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I would suggest you try to get a more fuller book if you really want to get serious.
A lot of the information it does have is useless, it will tell you that you can grow a bonsai from cuttings(which anyone with any plant experience would already know) but it does not tell you how to cut and prepare it(someone that didn't know you could get a tree from a cutting would need this information).
Additionally, it does not deliver on the promises it has on the back cover. It's like a badly organized power-point turned into a book.
This is the size of a pocket book rather than a full sized book. I wish that this had been even more in depth. Maybe that would discourage some people from the hobby though.
This was a concise overview and how to. It explained the history, why to do it, ways to get started building your collection of specimens ( grow from seed, grow from cuttings, collect from the wild, etc). It showed how to take cuttings, how to root them, how to do air layering, etc. It explained the different bonsai styles and included pictures of each. He listed attributes that give bonsai character - texture, bark, shape, taper, ...ways to give your piece that aged and graceful look. Then for each style it explained the tools used, plants, methods of achieving the styles, wiring, pots used, ways to display, and methods of collecting trees. There was a fair amount of attention given to root trimming and care. There was also a fertilizing and care/maintenance guide. Finally, it gave a list of about 20 trees that tend to work well for bonsai. Each explanation and each tree or plant explained had a color photo to accompany it.
It is surprising just how much information fit into such a small and short book. Harry is a man of few but well thought out words.
This would make a great addition to a gift set for someone wanting to get started with bonsai. It is encouraging, not condescending in any way, easy to follow, and makes it seem like with a bit of patience, even the beginner reading the book can achieve good results with the advanced methods presented (rooting on rocks was even completely shown/explained). I really think it gave about as much information as a much longer book simply because it was about the art and methods and was not filled with fluff and anecdotes.
It would not be something I would select for an intermediate to advanced bonsai hobbyist though. This book was not meant for that level of bonsai enthusiast.
But as I thumbed through its pages I was pleasantly surprised to find a wealth of information on Bonsai and beautiful photographs on every page! The information is well organized and presented in a clear, concise manner with step-by-step photographic tutorials. It actually contains 101 tips including the history and art of Bonsai, suitable tree species, potting, cultivating, pruning and shaping your tree and the tools required and many more topics all found in the index at the back of the book.
"Bonsai (101 Essential Tips)" is truly a User's Guide and quick reference that every Bonsai novice must have. Will be interesting to hear my son's impression once I give him this amazing little book.
As a complete novice who has never done anything with bonsai and very little gardening at all, this book is GREAT.
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It is well laid out and has many inspiring, pretty pictures of Bonsai but no real substance to it.
I needed some real instruction on the care of individual species and meticulous instructions on root pruning and arrangement... needless to say this book didnt provide what I need.
To be honest I would look elsewhere if you are serious about learning the art of bonsai.