Bonsai blog

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!

Winter Silhouette or Fresh Spring Colors

Oak bonsai winter



Deciduous trees make great material for Bonsai. The most loved feature is their changing character throughout the year. Spring is the season of new growth, while fall is the season of changing colors, signalling the upcoming winter. This tree is absolutely stunning in all seasons.


Help my Bonsai is dying > revival advice

Help my bonsai is dying



"Help! My Bonsai tree is dying!"

Unfortunately, we get these cries for help quite often on our forums. So it was time a guide on reviving a dying Bonsai was written. I take you through the steps needed to rescue your Bonsai.


Before and After shots

Bonsai before and after



On our Facebook page we regularly share interesting progressions (before and after shots of Bonsai trees being styled). I find these shots very interesting as it shows how much a skilled artist can do to design a Bonsai tree, often in just hours work. In this post I share 18 great examples.



Masashi Hirao Bonsai demonstration

Masashi Hirao



Masashi Hirao (aka Bonsai warrior) travels around the world as a Japanese cultural envoy. Last weekend he gave a interesting Bonsai demonstration at Deshima Bonsai, styling a Spruce. Enjoy the movie!


Generation Bonsai 2015, Germany

Generation Bonsai



The Generation Bonsai 2015 event was held at Minoru Bonsai in Germany. Two famous Bonsai experts, Taiga Urushibata and Bjorn Bjorholm, gave demonstrations on styling Bonsai trees and several shops set up a sales booth. With an interesting lecture on displaying Bonsai in Tokonoma, great food and wonderful people, the event was a success!


Cherry blossom Bonsai

Cherry bonsai in blossom (sakura)



(In Japanese: 啓応桜, or: Sakura)

In Japan's Nara period (710–794) a tradition began of watching and appreciating the cherry blossom. The short period in which the cherries bloom has become a national obsession and is a period of great importance to the Japanese. Needless to say, many cherry blossom Bonsai trees are kept in Japan.


Artificial Bonsai, can't believe its fake

Artificial Bonsai trees



Bonsai trees can grow very old, and it takes years (even decades) to create a full grown tree. Paul Finch did something amazing, he created an Artificial Bonsai that looks so incredibly real that I still can't believe it's fake!

Have a look for yourself, fake or not?


Bonsai prices, what's a tree worth?

Bonsai prices



Bonsai are living works of art, some famous trees are hundreds of years old. These trees are priceless and when for sale, very expensive. But at the same time, we can also purchase Bonsai at a local garden center, for just a few bucks.

So how do you put a price tag on a Bonsai? What are they worth, what price makes sense for an individual tree? In this article we investigate the variables that are important and we look at a few examples of bonsai for sale.


How to start shaping Japanese azaleas

Azalea shaping



Jérôme Hay invited readers to follow his shaping of an azalea, starting with a classic 2-to-3-year-old seedling. After preparatory work last April, these Japanese azalea plants are ready to begin being shaped into future bonsai.


Bonsai and Tokonoma displays




A Tokonoma is a dedicated space in a Japanese style reception room, in which items are on display for artistic appreciation. Often this includes a Bonsai tree, a Suiseki (viewing stone), a scroll and an accent plant.



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