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Thursday, April 4, 2013

Peg Graft. Reblogged, sort of.

     A couple of weeks ago I was contacted by Paul Stokes at ofBonsai, the online magazine. He had received permission to republish an article by José Rivera of Puerto Rico; and having learned that I'm not just an until-I-die bonsai practitioner but also a professional translator, he asked if I would be willing to translate  Mr. Rivera's short article into English. I agreed.

I had never heard of Mr. Rivera's technique before. I'm calling it a "peg graft," for lack of another term; you
may prefer a different name. How well it works -- well, I think that is demonstrated by the fact that the tree on which he performed it is being readied for next year's FELEB convention!

The tree on which Mr. Rivera did the peg graft was a Ficus 'Green Emerald.' But I don't think use of the technique needs to be limited to tropical trees. In fact, if I get a good chance I intend to try it on a maple.

This link will take you to the translated article on ofBonsai. A link to the original Spanish is also available on ofBonsai's home page.


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  1. Hi my name is Jose O Rivera from Puerto Rico, if you like this works go to my blog for see others


    I am available to teach these works in any demonstration which can coordinate.

    1. Buenas tardes, José. Para mí fue un gran placer traducir tu artículo para que los que no sepan español puedan disfrutar, y aprender, de lo que escribiste.

      Un saludo.

      (Good afternoon, José. It was a great pleasure for me to translate your article, so that those who don't know Spanish can enjoy it and learn from it.

      Best regards.)