Bonsai for the Tropics

ISBN 978-81-8322-129-0, Author: Jyoti Pandya, Publishing year: 2009

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Jyoti Pandya, in her book, Bonsai for the Tropics, has given a much wider, more detailed definition of bonsai which, to lay eyes, has opened a new perspective.

Jyoti has divided her book into eighteen chapters, each of which is issue-specific, succinct, yet detailed enough to cover the topic. She begins with looking at different methods by which plants can be propagated and then goes on to give us the details of how these plants can be converted in to bonsai.

The Chapters dealing with these subjects are so beautifully written that even a beginner can start the learning process without a live guru. This is the biggest strength of Jyoti’s book. Because of the manner in which it is written, it is almost as if the expert is before us and lecturing and demonstrating to us the art and technique of bonsai.

One of the problems with masters of an art is that they have reached such heights of advancement that they cannot visualize that a novice is unfamiliar with the language and techniques of bonsai and, therefore, what the master teaches goes above one’s head. Jyoti is self-taught bonsai master. So she has written the book from the perspective of a person who has taught herself and, therefore she leads her readers step by easy step, in the simplest, most easily understood language, into the art and science of bonsai. This is a remarkable tour-de-force by a person who has achieved nirvana through her own efforts.

The book brings to the fore the practical and local aspects of bonsai growing, while also locating them in the context of the theoretical concerns that have shaped this wonderful art of miniaturizing natural trees and plants.It is important to understand that if one adopts local trees of bonsai, the results are far more likely to be encouraging as these trees are acclimatized with the local environment. In most of the books on bonsai, one finds some exquisite pictures of bonsai Maples, Pines and Junipers, which grows in cooler climate and are not very tolerant to hot and dry weather conditionS. When developed as bonsai in tropical conditions, they require very special care, Keeping these concerns in view, a greater emphasis is given in the present book towards creating lovely bonsai from locally flourishing trees.

Contents of the Book:

I Procuring plants for bonsai: The horticultural aspect

II Characteristic elements of bonsai

III Shaping techniques: Pruning

IV Shaping techniques: Wiring

V Considerations of form and style: The aesthetic aspect

VI Root pruning: Potting and Re-Potting

VII The maturing process of a bonsai: Defoliation and Aging

VIII Maintenance and growth: Watering

IX Maintenance and growth: Fertilizers

X Preparing soil

XI Flowers and fruits in bonsai

XII Controlling pests and diseases

XIII Bonsai paraphernalia: Tools and Containers

XIV Saikei and Suiseki

XV Moss and Ground Covers

XVI Advanced techniques for refinement of bonsai

XVII Display, Exhibition and Judging

XVIII My educational tours: Bonsai outside India



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