10 Trees That Can Save The World

Posted in Fusion Bonsai on September 17, 2015 by Greg Wentzel

Several months back a Canadian Documentary company contacted me and asked to use one of my photos in an upcoming documentary tentatively titled 10 Trees That Can Save The World. I agreed to let them use a photo of an Albino Coastal Redwood.

Not my best photograph but one the producers liked.

The movie is now in post production and is set for release in mid January 2016. For more information about the movie go to  http://dianasjourney.com.

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Upside Down Black Pine update 8/16/2015

Posted in Fusion Bonsai on August 16, 2015 by Greg Wentzel


The needles on my Black Pine have begun to turn yellow. I have fertilized and sprayed with fungicide regularly. I was concerned so I asked Uncle Pete for his thoughts. He suggested that I look at the roots.

This tree is growing out of a hole in the bottom of a grow tray. To get it out I have to destroy the tray. So I got my rotary tool and cut away a section of the tray. 

As you can see the rootball is intact however there are no signs of roots.

I was surprised to find this tree has so few roots. It is amazing that it has grown so well in the past 3 years.

Instead of putting the tree back in the grow tray I planted it in a bonsai pot. It is early to choose a front but this is probably my choice.

A view from the other side.

I soaked the tree in a B1 solution for 15 minutes and then set it in the shade.

I will monitor this tree closely and if all goes well I will begin fertilizing in a few weeks.

Have fun!


Upside down Black Pine (update 6/18/2015)

Posted in Fusion Bonsai on June 19, 2015 by Greg Wentzel

  If you follow my blog you already know that I like to try new ideas. Here is a wacky idea that has far exceeded my expectations. I wanted to grow a cascade Japanese Black Pine and instead of fighting gravity trying to force the growth down why not plant the tree upside down and let tree grow upward. After I was satisfied with the size I could simply flip the tree over and have a fully developed cascade.

This tree is very healthy and robust. There are even 2 tiny pine cones forming. As you can see I have wired the tree to give the trunk more character. Last year the wire was starting to cut into the bark so I removed it. Within a week the weight of the trunk had pulled all of the upward growth down. So I had to rewire and now will keep it wired until I flip it over.

 On the underside I had to enlarge the exit hole because the trunk had thickened so much that the plastic was digging into it.


From the other side you can see a lower branch that will become the future apex.

The current plan is to grow the tree aggressively for another 2 or3 years before repotting.

Have fun!