012 – How to Make and Care for Bonsai Trees with Robert Pressler

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In this episode I sit down with Robert Pressler to talk about bonsai maintenance, how to grow your own, and the oldest bonsai he owns.

  • How he got started in the bonzai business
  • The number one thing you need to make a bonsai tree
  • Why it’s better to start with bigger trees and make them smaller
  • Why it’s important to leave your trees alone and allow them time to grow back
  • The qualities he looks for in a potential bonsai

Notable Quotes:
“How do you make a bonsai tree? Time is the number one thing.” – Robert Pressler
“Generally the easiest thing to do is to take a big tree and make it smaller.” – Robert Pressler
“A lot of times people get caught up in the ‘art’ of bonsai but you have to remember that they are trees.” – Robert Pressler
“The first thing always has to be the health and survival of the tree” – Robert Pressler
“I’ve been accused of torturing trees because we use wire but our trees are probably healthier than many others in the world.” – Robert Pressler
“Horticulture is more important than the art.” – Robert Pressler

Resources:
Kimura Bonsai Nursery
Kimura Bonsai Nursery Facebook
Robert Pressler Facebook
American Bonsai Society

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