Blog – Allshapes Bonsai A full-service bonsai nursery located in Ringoes NJ Thu, 27 Oct 2016 17:49:38 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Fruiting & Flowering August 2016 Sat, 13 Aug 2016 21:39:08 +0000 1471119862729




Brush Cherry and Miniature Hosta are currently flowering. Flying Dragon Orange and Natal Plum are setting fruit.

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New Greenhouse Construction Sat, 13 Aug 2016 21:35:17 +0000 1471119832354

This will be the new tropical bonsai greenhouse to replace the one damaged in hurricane Sandy.

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August Pruning Sat, 13 Aug 2016 21:30:57 +0000 1471119903313



This is the time to prune and check wires!

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The New Shade-House Sat, 13 Aug 2016 21:29:19 +0000 1471120311231


Sometimes the summer sun can be a bit much for some bonsai. A shade-cloth filters the light, reduces the heat, and gives plants a chance to recover from the summer stress. When hurricane Sandy damaged the tropical house, we were originally going to replace it with a new greenhouse in the same location. Instead we decided to keep the structure and to build new display benches. Here are the results.

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A Rainy Week At Allshapes Sat, 13 Aug 2016 21:23:30 +0000



It’s been a rainy week at the nursery! The new bridge was able to withstand the flash flooding and all washouts in the driveway have been repaired. Unfortunately the mailbox was washed away in the process.

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Rearranged Our Workbench Mon, 15 Feb 2016 23:33:22 +0000 When we tell people that they’re welcome to bring their trees, we mean it! We’ve rearranged our work area to make things even easier:

Rearranged Workbench @ Allshapes Bonsai

The clutter is gone, all of the tools are arranged so you don’t have to dig through a box to find the one you’re looking for, and the worn-out tools are gone. The soil bins are off of the workbench, freeing up even more space.

The table behind the workbench has been replaced with a smaller table, making it easier for people to walk past:

Rearranged Work Area at Allshapes Bonsai

The offer still stands… if you need help you’re welcome to bring your trees. You can do the work while you’re here, and if you have questions about how things are done, there’s a good chance we’ll be able to show you and/or let you try!

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Trident Maple Trunks Mon, 18 Jan 2016 23:44:29 +0000 These are some big Trident Maple trunks with some seriously great roots. The chops are a little rough and will need some carving, and the branches need to be grown. In a few more years they’re going to be great trees!

Tridents are the best of all the maples. The leaves are small to scale, and they have ferocious ability to regenerate new growth. What this means is that we can regrow our branches from the old trunks.




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Amazing Glazes Mon, 18 Jan 2016 23:34:33 +0000 There’s so much to consider when choosing a bonsai pot. There’s the obvious character, such as size, shape, and color. But how often do you look a little closer? The details range from simple to complex. Which is your favorite and why?


















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What’s In Bloom January 2016 Mon, 18 Jan 2016 23:17:13 +0000 While the weather is bitter-cold outside, the tropical greenhouse has certainly been living up to its name this week! Who would think that you could have blooms such as these in January?

Not fully open, but beautiful never-the-less.

Not fully open, but beautiful never-the-less.

A close-up view of the Brazilian Raintree flower.

A close-up view of the Brazilian Raintree flower.

These are actually leaves, but everyone considers them to be the flower.  The true flowers much smaller and white!

These are actually leaves, but everyone considers them to be the flower. The true flowers much smaller and white!

Although not the showiest, they certainly are the most fragrant.  Simply intoxicating!

Although not the showiest, they certainly are the most fragrant. Simply intoxicating!

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Gift Cards Now Available Tue, 08 Dec 2015 20:39:30 +0000 We’re happy to announce that Allshapes Bonsai gift cards are now available at the nursery!

These cards are available in any amount that you like, $5 and up, and can be used to purchase anything we offer, either online or at the nursery.

There’s no registration involved and they’re refillable too!

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