Fire Escape Bonsai

Max Falkowitz
A plant killer's chronicle of growing little trees in the big city, by Max Falkowitz.
Created 07 Dec 2020
  • Suburban splendor
    26 Nov 2021 • 4 min read • 1 0
    My Japanese maple has had a busy year. It thrived through spring and most of summer in the partial shade of my fire escape. Then it got evicted and went to summer camp in my friend Nissan’s backyard. ...
  • So where have your trees been?
    12 Nov 2021 • 3 min read • 3 1
    What I left out of the story about my trees’ fire escape eviction is how devastating it felt. The loss hit like whiplash. I didn’t realize how much time I spent with my trees each day and what that ti...
  • There's some clever bonsai symbolism going on in Dune
    05 Nov 2021 • 5 min read • 2 2
    Bonsai pals: I am back. Thank you for bearing with me during a rough few weeks; Fire Escape Bonsai resumes now in earnest, with more to come on where I’ve been and what’s been going on with the trees....
  • Go have some tea
    24 Sep 2021 • 2 min read • 4 0
    I’m not satisfied with my work on this tree, but with the growing season at an end I’m accepting that I’ve done what I can. This is my first “styling” that I feel kinda decent about, and for now, daye...
  • Nice undercut
    17 Sep 2021 • 2 min read • 1 0
    It’s a new Jewish year. 5,782 years since the creation of the world, according to Maimonides. It was a Sunday. Time and I are all out of whack. It’s hard to measure time when you have no external mark...
  • Now they're camp friends
    10 Sep 2021 • 2 min read • 1 0
    Now that my larger trees have a boarding school arrangement, it’s time for them to come home from camp. Camp in this case is the sunny backyard of my buddy Nissan’s house in Queens. When my trees were...
  • Creative reuse
    03 Sep 2021 • 2 min read • 1 4
    If you grow anything indoors you have to think about humidity. This is especially the case for trees, which really want higher humidity than a typical home provides. My ficus microcarpa is native to s...
  • The internet of bonsai
    27 Aug 2021 • 2 min read • 2 0
    One of my favorite parts of a new hobby is developing a new media diet. In addition to the weekly bonsai auctions I keep tabs on, I regularly visit the Bonsai Nut forums and r/bonsai. As long as I’m o...
  • I fought the law
    20 Aug 2021 • 4 min read • 1 0
    A few weeks ago, my building’s management company wrote me to schedule insurance-mandated support brackets for my air conditioners. Oh, and could you get all that tree shit off your windows? The jig w...
  • It's not weed, I swear
    13 Aug 2021 • 3 min read • 3 0
    The past few weeks I’ve been reading about growing plants indoors. Some of my trees, like my tea plant, have to come inside during the winter, and I have a corner of my kitchen in need of a job. So no...
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