Its almost the end of the year , and we here at Bonsai Jack's are grateful for all the people who support us day in and day out! We thought it would be neat to share a few little known facts about us:
We have shipped out over 70,000 POUNDS of product!
Thats 35 TONS!
We have shipped to all 50 states in the U.S.
Our products are in 34 countries outside of the U.S.
Our newsletter reaches over 6,000 active bonsai enthusiasts in 27 countries!
We spend over 20 minutes per 6 lbs of product, while losing almost 50% of product due to the fact that its unsuitable for bonsai grade soil! That means on average we have spent over 23,000 hours ensuring that the product you receive, is up to Bonsai Jack standards!
Our brand new website took over 600 man hours and has over $2,000 in code designed to streamline customer service and enhance your experience on www.BonsaiJack.com!
Photo Credit: Mick Harper
Having the correct soil can mean the difference between a healthy, beautiful and thriving plant or having a leafless twig straight out of a Halloween movie!
Bonsai soil has a few key moisture retention features:
It provides water for the roots
Soil must retain an adequate amount of water for the plant between watering.
It provides oxygen to the root system
The larger particle size of your soil will allow it to partially dry out between watering. Store bought soil, which contains peat, can prevent the soil from drying out. This can result in wet feet and root rot.
It provides good drainage
Excess water should drain from the bottom of your container IMMEDIATELY. Store bought soils, which are produced for pennies a bag, hold too much water causing root rot or damage to the root system.
Did you know we spend an average of 18 minutes of labor to produce a single bag of bonsai soil?
The raw ingredients for regular store bought soil can be purchased by the truck load for $450. A truck load contains about 8000 gallons of product. Regular store bought soils are often produced from fill dirt and recycled landscaping material which contain any number of pathogens. Our truck loads run between $2000 and $14,500 each. It then needs to be processed. Our soil and components never touch the ground and are screened exactly to spec. Its not cheap but it is the best.
Photo Credit: Walter Pall
All parts of a Yew plant (Taxus Baccata) are toxic to humans with the exception of the yew berries even though their seeds are. The male Yew also releases toxins that cause headaches, lethargy, aching joints, itching, and skin rashes and is known to be a trigger for asthma. The pollen is so small that it can literally pass through window screens. The leaves remain toxic even when dry and wilted, and actually increase in toxicity the more drier it becomes.
There are a few very famous Yews in existence, but perhaps the most known is also the oldest specimen recorded for that variety. Known as the Teixu l'Iglesia, it stands 49 ft tall with a trunk diameter of 22.4 ft. Declared a Natural Monument on April 27, 1995 by the Asturian Government, this tree is known around the world for being a spectacular tree to look at.
Credit: Mick Harper
A cascading bonsai is meant to show a tree that has determination and has persevered through a rough time. Usually this happens because of heavy winter snows, land slides or mud slides. These completely natural catastrophes will bend the tree down in nature. The main trunk of a bonsai in a cascade form will bend downward, past the lip of its container and past its root line. In Japanese bonsai, a cascade bonsai form is called a kengai bonsai.
Credit: Christian Papainog
What is the difference between Bonsai and Penjing?
Bonsai and penjing are closely related art forms. Penjing takes its name from the Chinese name for miniature trees or landscape plantings and predates the development of bonsai. Elements of penjing eventually migrated to Japan and became known as bonsai, which is the Japanese word for miniature trees and forest plantings. In the past, penjing took on unusual shapes that were symbolic, and sometimes the styling of early penjing was far from the natural form of the plants used. Over time, bonsai slowly began to adapt a more naturalistic, free flowing style. More recently, some penjing have also come to embrace a style that echoes nature as well. Today, it is very difficult for those outside the bonsai and penjing communities to tell the difference between bonsai and penjing. Both are outstanding examples of Asian art expressed in plants and natural materials, and both forms continue to evolve.