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Author: Bonsai Matsu - Scott Martin

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A bonsai based podcast from Melbourne, Australia by Scott Martin from Bonsai Matsu. A diverse, informative and thorough podcast for everyone that loves bonsai!
20 Episodes
This episode is raw and exposing. Sometimes the best lessons in life are the ones that are learnt the hardest. So as a snapshot for this podcast, I'd been to Japan in 2012 and returned home to practice the skills I'd been taught. Racing in head strong and focusing on the process and not the impact, I paid the price, well the Japanese Black Pine did unfortunately. I don't think there has been another tree that has been more beneficial to my development than this bonsai. Taking it to the brink and bringing it back over and over and over has reinforced the need for determined patience and perfect application of good techniques. Any way, this is me, exposed and vulnerable and just like everyone else that love bonsai. Enjoy!
What's on the bench this episode is the Scots Pine and how brilliant they are as bonsai. I also chat about the turbulent times in bonsai, jumping from one season to the next and the commitment and maintenance needed. As repotting comes to an end, I always like to reflect on the season that was and look at what was done right and what needs improvement. Bonsai has come a very long way in the last 20 years but is all progress necessary? When should we stop the search? Can we be better? The thought of 'Is Progress Negative?' is discussed too. Enjoy the podcast and thanks again!
When the fundamentals are incorrect, you're not giving yourself a chance. In this podcast I run through the fundamentals of repotting, resource allocation, watering, feeding, positioning which comes well before styling and design. I walk you through Repotting Aftercare to ensure you maximise your bonsai's strength and there is also some chat that not all bonsai stocks are created equal and what to look out for. The On the Bench species for this podcast is the humble Hawthorn and how they offer perfection in imperfection to bonsai enthusiasts. Enjoy as always and check out my YouTube channel too!
I walk you through the repotting of a Trident Maple live and explain each of the steps involved. Pot preparation, soil mix, tree removal, working the rootball, cleaning the trunk, securing your bonsai, repotting frequency and so much more. Repotting correctly is crucial to successfully developing your bonsai. Repotting live makes a riveting podcast...
In this podcast, as we head into the depths of Winter in Melbourne, Australia, pine season is about to finish and just over the horizon, repotting season starts. No rest for the wicked they say... We discuss soil mix, air flow and positioning, what happens when you experience a set back and that your focus shouldn't necessarily all be about right now. Planning for the future should be the goal with your bonsai. I also chat about proportion and it's importance with everything bonsai.'On the Bench' this episode is the humble Chinese Elm, a worthy staple of many collections and a valuable partner on your bonsai journey. It's a tree that will show how your skills have developed over time.Enjoy, stay positive and take care!Scott
This is a really practical podcast where I talk about wiring your bonsai which is quite interesting considering it's a non visual medium! As we stroll through Autumn I discuss deciduous colouring and the importance of feeding your trees well. It's finally time to start working on your pines also. I run through my process of which trees to start with first and then progress through my collection. Balancing your bonsai through needle distribution and how we can manage the resources of a bonsai is an interesting discussion too. With so much happening around the world at the moment, it's nice to stop and smell the fertiliser... Enjoy the podcast and please reach out via Instagram or Facebook. There's no What's on the Bench in this episode, I just got carried away with wiring so next episode I'll make it up to you.
This episode is packed with information! I discuss how I shape pads and work the pad profile. Also when you look at a cluster of buds and new growth, how do you decide what you keep? This is a really common issue and I'll discuss the Process of Elimination I use when pruning these areas. It's really easy and will be a great help.On the bench this episode is the Cedar. They are a really common bonsai and I discuss how I maintain and develop the species. They make a brilliant bonsai and should be part of everyone's collection. I also talk about what my plans are for the coming month in my garden and what the start of Autumn means to my bonsai. How good is bonsai???
In this episode I introduce a segment called 'What's on the Bench?' which is for a large Needle Juniper that's been in development for 5 years. I find Summer a perfect time to undertake juniper maintenance and there's a few important areas that cannot be missed. I also discuss managing Japanese Black Pines after decandling as the new buds have emerged. I run through a disaster that happened recently to one of my large bonsai that was blown off it's podium! From misfortune comes opportunity, I suppose...
In this jam packed podcast I discuss decandling Japanese Black Pines, Defoliation when to and when not to, Summer watering and protection for your bonsai as well as the need to do a health assessment before doing anything. I also talk about how I develop young stock and what my thought process is. Having things go wrong is bonsai happens, just try not to get disheartened. I talk about what happened to me and how I 'got over it'. And to finish, we talk about Australian natives as bonsai and just how good they are. Enjoy and thanks for listening.
Well Spring is here and I have put together a six step approach to a successful season. I also talk about the "Thin Red Line" of bonsai and what your focus should be. Bonsai life is a good life for all of us and we are all part of a strong, kind community and that is very reassuring and comforting. Oh and now you're part of the Australian Bonsai Crew too! Enjoy.
This podcast focuses on some of my Dos and Don'ts of bonsai. I also focus on how I approach the working and fertilising of my bonsai in Spring always keeping in mind whether it is development or refinement that is my target. This is definitely not about the so called 'rules' of bonsai but more an approach you should consider. And never forget why you started in bonsai in the first place, because you enjoy it and you always should!
Developing bonsai is like building a house, one brick at a time. I discuss different ways to avoid your development and the development of your bonsai from stagnating. As we head into spring in Melbourne, Australia and the repotting season draws to a close, it is important to stop and smell the roses (or cherry blossoms) too. It's a great time for a fresh start!
With repotting season in full swing I discuss root health, pots, pot size as well as the soil mix I use. Bonsai is not a static art form and we should embrace that fact. It is also a very personal art that needs to only make one person happy, you! Enjoy the podcast.
Episode 7 - What Now??

Episode 7 - What Now??


In this podcast I explore my process of managing issues that arise with my bonsai and more specifically trying to find the cause of the issue as well as it's treatment. I also discuss the "First Wire" concept for developing bonsai and the buzz it gives me. And finally finishing with the true secret to successfully developing bonsai.
In this episode I chat about my last month which included a National Bonsai Show focused purely on Australian Natives as bonsai, lots and lots and lots of work on pines, plenty of training courses, workshops and demonstrations. As well as being fortunate enough to have a tree selected to be loaned and on display at our National Collection in Canberra. I also talk with a long term customer and friend, Bayley about his take on bonsai and then look forward to the next month ahead. Enjoy!
In this podcast I talk about pruning, the technique I use and bonsai tool maintenance as well as the need to give each tree the respect they deserve. I also discuss how wire removal is an opportunity to learn and finally I break down my approach to bonsai review, step by step, every time I work on them. Should be an enjoyable listen for all bonsai
In this podcast I explore what it is about bonsai that drives and excites me every day. Bonsai offers a lot to many people around the world and I have found it very interesting to put thought into what motivates me as well as offering an insight on how to look at your trees a little differently. I hope you enjoy the podcast and see what we have in
In this episode of Bonsai Stuff I discuss some common issues you and your bonsai face during autumn in Melbourne, Australia. These include -* Watering* Sacrifice Branches and resource allocation* Feeding* Structural
Some thoughts on developing bonsai and practices as we head into Autumn in Melbourne,
The very first podcast of Bonsai Stuff from Bonsai Matsu!
Comments (2)


great story Scott! thanks for sharing and brave enough to commit to your faults.

Nov 3rd

Nathanael Smith

will listen to this more than once - much to think about

Apr 1st
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