Trimming, Repotting, and Thread Grafting (Oh, My)


Last Sunday I went with Jason to Palm Coast where I watched him trim and re-pot several trees that were in a personal collection. If I didn’t know exactly how to re-pot a bonsai tree before Sunday then I definitely do now. I did already have a little bit of experience watching Jason work but this really hammered the entire process of repotting into my head. We will actually have a video up on YouTube later this week that shows exactly how to do it.

What I’m trying to say is that I’ve got it down. I could do it if I had to and hey, that’s cool. Look at me, learning stuff and paying attention.

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Jason Schley is a Swamp Guy

Muddy Boots

I spent last Sunday ankle-deep in mud. Not my usual idea of a good time but I did end up learning a little bit about the behind the scenes efforts that go into having awesome bonsai trees. It’s called collecting and it is hard word, luckily all I had to do was hold a camera. Others were less fortunate.


Since I tagged along I was able to record some of the magic, which you can see right here. (That’s the official YouTube channel for Schley’s Bonsai and we are going to start uploading videos much more regularly, so subscribe!)

I don’t think most people understand just how much effort it takes to get some of the bigger trees out of the ground, those suckers were heavy. At one point I did attempt to hold one of the trees down while the roots were cut and all of my weight was barely enough, which is further proof that I seriously need to start working out. Maybe if I do I’ll be a little more useful when it comes to collecting in the future.

I also got the chance to film another video this week, which will be uploaded sometime soon. The video is about thread grafting, which is something I had never heard of until recently. After editing the video on it, I am fairly confident that I could not only explain the process to someone but that I can probably do it myself. Under the supervision of Jason,of course. I wouldn’t trust me completely, I know me better than that.

Spoiler image for next week’s video:


An Introduction

Full disclosure: I know almost nothing about bonsai trees or the art of bonsai-ing (see, I’m not even sure what to call it). Funnily enough, I have now found myself working in the business of bonsai semi-regularly. Life is strange.
Part of this work has me helping out with this blog, so consider this my introduction. Hi, nice to meet you…yes, I am kind of short, thanks for noticing. How’s life been for you? Cool, always glad to hear that things are going well with my friends (or more accurately, my anonymous internet readers/skimmers/people-that-accidentally-clicked-on-this-link-whose-eyes-fell-on-this-particular-block-of-text).
Here’s something else about me: I like trees. Big fan. Totally think that they are pretty rad. Of course, this doesn’t mean that I could tell you anything about them that goes beyond some basic biology lessons that I’ve managed to retain over the years. Something about trees puts me at peace and helps me to think much more clearly than if I were working in an office. Thinking is one of those things that I hold in high regard, I’d like to call myself a writer so thinking is kind of a big deal for me. Basically what I’m getting at is that trees + Jaime (that’s me!) = good.
Since I do plan on being around not only trees (what a nice life that would be) but also people who are knowledgeable about all things bonsai, I am hoping to eventually gain some sort of understanding, at least on the basics of bonsai. You can, if you’d like, follow me on that journey to enlightenment or whatever you want to call it. Maybe in a few months I’ll be able to teach you a thing or two…doubtful but again, life is strange and pretty darn unpredictable at times. We shall see.
P.S. Say hello to one of the trees I photographed yesterday.
(And okay, that’s not the whole tree, it’s just one of the flowers that was growing on it. But it’s called a Lavender Star Flower…which sounds like it should be the name of some kind of cartoon princess. And yes, that is why I picked it to show on here.)