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In the section “Basics” we have discussed the general knowledge of Bonsai care and cultivation. Here in our Blog we write about current and more advanced topics.

Articles are added regularly, enjoy reading!

Bonsai Starterkit, learn how to grow a Bonsai tree yourself

Bonsai starterkit

 

 

Buying a Bonsai tree in a shop is nice, but wouldn't it be much cooler to do it yourself? A great way to start growing Bonsai trees is to buy a starterkit and style the tree into a Bonsai. A starterkit can be purchased at many (online) Bonsai shops, but you could also choose to buy only a young plant at a local gardencenter.

This article (including a movie) explains the steps to grow a Bonsai tree from a starterkit, all by yourself!

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How to create a Bonsai Rootstand

Bonsai rootstand

 

 

Have you ever made a Bonsai rootstand? Until a year ago, I had no experience with it either! With some creativity, exercise and patience the results will get better and better. This article will explain the basic steps involved, with many images to describe the process of creating a rootstand. Enjoy reading.

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Bonsai Masterpieces movie

Bonsai masterpieces

 

 

A year ago we decided to start the big project of shooting a series of short, but inspirational Bonsai movies. To celebrate the completion of the project, we created one movie with all the best footage.

Sit back, relax and get inspired by seven minutes of Bonsai Masterpieces!

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The Basic Requirements Of Bonsai Soils

soil for bonsai

 

One of the most widely debated subjects for most bonsai enthusiasts is soil composition. Good bonsai is not merely on the design, but a good bonsai should portray a healthy tree that grows in a small container and this strongly depends on the soil used.

It is the fact that still many people have misperception that bonsai is being tortured to be small, and this is absolutely wrong. Bonsai need extra loving cares and suppose to be healthier than a tree living in the nature due to the limited space it grows. Either the misperception or the unavailability of good quality soil, there are still many bonsai are planted with poor quality soil which consequently affect the slow growing, unhealthy foliation or even sudden death of the tree.

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To Akadama, or not to Akadama?

Akadama

 

 

At Bonsai Empire we receive questions about Akadama, and its use for Bonsai soil, quite a lot. With the recent price increases, troubles in supply and proposed alternatives (including cat litter) people seem to be in doubt wether or not to use Akadama at all.

Many factors come into play when trying to say anything sensible about Bonsai soil (climate, tree-species, stage of development of the tree, etc); this article generalizes some of these factors to not over-complicate the issue even further.

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Where to find Bonsai trees for sale, Bonsai shops in the USA

Bonsai for sale

 

 

Finding quality Bonsai trees for sale in the United States can be a real quest, as there are literally hundreds of shops that sell Bonsai trees.

In this article we review the main Bonsai shops in the US. We also created a map so you can find Bonsai retailers near you.

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From ‘Mallsai’ to Bonsai, examples of Ficus Bonsai progressions

Ficus mallsai to bonsai

 

 

They are well known all over the world. S-curved tropical ficus plants. Mass produced  in Asia and exported to be sold as ‘bonsai’. You can buy them at nurseries, at Ikea and even at supermarkets. People who take the art of bonsai seriously will never feel this is bonsai. To them it has little to no potential to become a high quality tree. But, for a lot of people these kind of trees are the start of a new hobby.

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Top 5: Oldest bonsai trees

Oldest Bonsai trees


Trees can grow for thousands of years. Bonsai trees, if well kept, can also become very old. Some of the oldest bonsai in the world are over 800 years; the result of many generations of patience and hard work.

This article lists some of the most famous and oldest trees, enjoy!

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From clay to Bonsai Pot; the process of pottery explained

Pottery how-to

 

 

Making bonsai pots is a complex process which requires a lot of knowhow, experience and artistry. To appreciate the work of a bonsai potter but also in order to know what to expect when you want to try working with clay yourself, the following documentation will give you an idea.

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Hornbeam Forest - Carpinus betulus in netsuranari style

Bonsai forest

 

 

I collected it in March 2011 in Zselic hills, in a wonderful valley where I’ve been collecting bonsai material for years. I found this Carpinus betulus with a beautiful root collar on the side of some bushes by accident.

The tree was growing in a clay soil, so it was easy to dig it out without harming the roots too much: the roots were only 5-10 cm in the soil.

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