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Gafu

 - (Tree Style)  
Entry for Bonsai Gafu Tree Style  Update this bonsai term Gafu Tree Style
Bonsai_Shohin_Acer_Palmatum_10.jpg image GAFU - Tree size sub-classification in the "Miniature" BONSAI>BONSAI range, measuring 13-20 cms



Gafu-bonsai

 - (Tree Style)  
Entry for Bonsai Gafu-bonsai Tree Style  Update this bonsai term Gafu-bonsai Tree Style

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GAFU-BONSAI>BONSAI>GAFU-BONSAI - Bonsai sized under 25 cms.



Gafu-Ten

 - (Bonsai Exhibitions)  
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GAFU-TEN>GAFU-TEN - Shohin BONSAI>BONSAI exhibition held annually in Kyoto in January.



Galls

 - (Pests and Diseases)  
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bonsai_azalea_gall_02_RHS_TimSandall.JPG image GALLS - These are swollen, mis-formed LEAVES caused by a VARIETY of pests of fungi.

Some are specific to tree types e.g. oak apple or aZAlea gall.

They are generally harmless in themselves and should be removed and burned.

See also "Yew tree gall"



Gardenia (Gardenia jasminoides)

 - (Tree Type (Indoors))  
Entry for Bonsai Gardenia (Gardenia jasminoides) Tree Type (Indoors)  Update this bonsai term Gardenia (Gardenia jasminoides) Tree Type (Indoors)
bonsai_gardenia_01.jpg image GARDENIA (GARDENIA JASMINOIDES) - Tender, EVERGREEN shrub with strongly fragrant FLOWERS which appear in early/late summer. LEAVES are glossy green and lance SHAPEd, borne in WHORLs of 3.

STYLE : Suited to informal upright, slanting, semi-cascade, root-over-rock, twin-trunk, CLUMP and multiple trunk.

WARNING : This lime-hating plant needs lime free water and ericaceous soil and fertilizer.


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Thanks to - Wattston Bonsai for use of the image

Gardening Scotland

 - (Bonsai Exhibitions)  
Entry for Bonsai Gardening Scotland Bonsai Exhibitions   WWW Link  Update this bonsai term Gardening Scotland Bonsai Exhibitions
GS2012_Bonsai_Tree_Images_Gardening_Scotland.jpg image GARDENING SCOTLAND - Venue for the largest exhibition of BONSAI>BONSAI in the Scottish Calendar. Gardening Scotland is Scotland's National Celebration of Gardening and Outdoor Living.

If you want to find the best plants, catch the laTEST gardening trends, find a designer to transform your own garden or ask the experts about anything from growing vegetables to keeping bees, then this is the one Show that you won't want to miss!


Thanks to - SBA Bonsai Image Gallery for use of the image

Geometer moth

 - (Pests and Diseases)  
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GEOMETER MOTH - These CATERPILLARS eat foliage leaving holes in the buds and silken threads between the foliage and the soil, via which they climb down.

Treatment includes treating with oil-based products at winters end in order to destroy any eggs and applying lindane or PARATHION based insecticides in spring.



George's Japanese Garden

 - (Blogs and Advice)  
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GEORGE'S JAPANESE GARDEN - Not really a dealer, nor a club. Site is a walk-through of George's gardens which include many Japanese features in addition to some BONSAI>BONSAI.

Germination

 - (Procedure)  
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GERMINATION - The point of growth initiation of a seed with the seed developing initial ROOTS.



Gi sei shi (sacrifice branch)

 - (Tree Parts)  
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GI SEI SHI (SACRIFICE BRANCH) - Term used to describe a branch left to grow with the purpose of promoting overall growth of the tree as part of the development of a BONSAI>BONSAI.  Also known as a "sacrifice" branch, this would be removed or pruned once its purpose was served.



Gingko Biloba (Maidenhair tree)

 - (Tree Type (Outdoors))  
Entry for Bonsai Gingko Biloba (Maidenhair tree) Tree Type (Outdoors)  Update this bonsai term Gingko Biloba (Maidenhair tree) Tree Type (Outdoors)
bonsai_ginkgo_biloba_01.jpg image GINGKO BILOBA (MAIDENHAIR TREE) - This is a DECIDUOUS TREE, once thought to be extinct but re-discovered in China in the 17th century.

Columnar SHAPEd tree with dense upright branches which bear distinctively shaped LEAVES which turn from green to pale yellow in autumn. Although the Ginkgo is more like a conifer than a deciduous tree it is neither.  Recent research suggests that it has a unique position which is much closer to the cycads than to either conifers or deeciduous trees.

STYLE : best suited to formal upright and CLUMP styles. 

WARNING : Keep tree from prolonged freezing. Fleshy ROOTS can "explode" as a result of excess water expanding when it freezes.


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Thanks to - Dan Barton for use of the image

Girdling

 - (Procedure)  
Entry for Bonsai Girdling Procedure   WWW Link  Update this bonsai term Girdling Procedure
bonsai_girdling_02.jpg image GIRDLING - Also referred to as "ring-BARKing". The removal of a band of bark (which can vary in width) from all around the trunk of a tree or branch when air-LAYERING or trying to encourage new ROOTS to form at the point of the girdle.


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Girth

 - (Other)  
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bonsai-buttress.jpg image GIRTH - The circumference of the tree trunk as measured just above the root base.



Giseishi

 - (Tree Parts)  
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GISEISHI - This is the Japanese term for a sacrifice branch e.g. a branch grown specifically to help thicken the TRUNK OF THE TREE but which will not form part of the final image and so will be removed when the desired trunk thickness has been acheived.



Glabrous leaf

 - (Tree Parts)  
Entry for Bonsai Glabrous leaf Tree Parts   WWW Link  Update this bonsai term Glabrous leaf Tree Parts
Bonsai-Leaf-Shape.gif image GLABROUS LEAF - Smooth - without hairs



Glasgow Bonsai Group

 - (Club or Group)  
Entry for Bonsai Glasgow Bonsai Group Club or Group   WWW Link  Update this bonsai term Glasgow Bonsai Group Club or Group
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