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Quick Reference Guide to Bonsai Terminology! 10 years 4 months ago #753

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Dear Members,

Being a newbie to the art of Bonsai I have found, as I read various posts on the forum and in the website's main menu, that I am often coming upon specific terms that are used in Bonsai that I am unfamiliar with. I am sure others may experience the same challenge. As a result I end up having to search all over for the definition of these terms. With the permission and support of Oscar, our Administrator, I have asked for a "Quick Reference Guide to Bonsai Terminology". Oscar thinks it's a great idea and, bless his heart ;) , he has delegated me to come up with the list :ohmy: . Oscar will then create an article specifically for this reference guide.

So, I'm asking for your help please in coming up with a list. The terms can be both Japanese and English. If you know the definition of a term, please include it in as few words as possible. If you don't know or are unsure of the definition, that's okay too...Oscar will help us there. This will be a huge benefit for all who are new to Bonsai and maybe even to some who are more experienced.

Cheers,
Leslie

I will begin the list here:

Nebari - root flare or surface roots
Back-budding -
Ramification -
Toriki - propagation technique known as air-layering
Tsugiki - propagation technique known as grafting
Jin - removal of bark on trunk to create an aged look
Shari - a bonsai tree that has had the bark removed from one side of the trunk
Yamadori -

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Re: Quick Reference Guide to Bonsai Terminology! 10 years 4 months ago #754

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NOTE:

I just realized that terms may also be in Chinese however, because of my personal ignorance in other languages I wouldn't recognise the difference. I apologise for the omission. :blush:

Thanks,
Leslie

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Re: Quick Reference Guide to Bonsai Terminology! 10 years 4 months ago #766

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this is a link that gives japanese pot terminology. as for the rest i will have to compile a list of what i know it may take a while but i'll be glad to help

www.tokoname.or.jp/bonsai/catalog/shape.htm

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Re: Quick Reference Guide to Bonsai Terminology! 10 years 4 months ago #773

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Hi Keith,

Thank you so much for the awesome link and for offering your help. It is very much appreciated. :)

Leslie

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Re: Quick Reference Guide to Bonsai Terminology! 10 years 4 months ago #891

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literati -

trunk leader - the upper most branch on a previously cut off trunk, trained to
grow vertically as an extension of that trunk.

apex -

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Re: Quick Reference Guide to Bonsai Terminology! 10 years 4 months ago #896

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This link has names and descriptions for a whole bunch of bonsai tools:

www.dallasbonsai.com/bonsai_tool_descriptions.html

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Re: Quick Reference Guide to Bonsai Terminology! 10 years 3 months ago #1108

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Thanks for the great link, Hannah! :)

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Re: Quick Reference Guide to Bonsai Terminology! 10 years 3 months ago #1109

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Question for Oscar: Is it necessary for me to transfer information shared in links to this thread?

Here are some more words to add to the list:

senescent - older; growing old

petiole - leaf stem

terminal -

internodes -

substrate -

argillaceous rock -

akadama -

banyan - style requiring dramatic, exposed roots generally forming from
branches and/or trunk, growing downward to meet the soil where it
roots itself into the soil.

mame -

shokin -

nebari - developement of surface root mound or flare.

That's all for now! If anyone has any Bonsai terms they could add to the list, with or without their definition, please feel free to post them here. Thanks! :)

Leslie

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Re: Quick Reference Guide to Bonsai Terminology! 10 years 3 months ago #1110

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Hi Leslie!
Great to see the list is coming along nicely. Ill make sure the blanks are filled in (I know most of them by heart :)).
Perhaps you can select the best info from external sites (as a summary); please list the directories you use so i can link to them in the end.

Perhaps (structure-wise) it is best to have all the terms you gather in an alphabetical or categorical order, with some links of interest (other directories/lists) at the bottom of the article?
Keep up the good work :)

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Re: Quick Reference Guide to Bonsai Terminology! 10 years 3 months ago #1667

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Friendly reminder :)

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