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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!

Satuki azalea Bonsai festival in Ueno

Satsuki Azala fetsival



The "Satsuki Azalea festival" is held every year in late may, when the trees are in full bloom. Now I always loved Azaleas, but when they flower they are without doubt stunning.


Bonsai is fine art, an interview with Ryan Neil

Ryan Neil bonsai artist



Bonsai is an ancient art-form originating in China and Japan, dating back centuries, even millennia.  Although Bonsai became incredibly popular in the West, it never reached the status as “fine art” like it does in countries like Japan.

We’re very interested to hear what Ryan Neil has to say about this, as he is currently working on creating an event that might change our perception of Bonsai, finally.


Impossibly detailed miniature Bonsai Landscape, Vietnam style

Miniature landscape from Vietnam



We have seen realistic miniature landscapes before, but this particular one really stands out. It consists of a traditional Vietnamese farmhouse, two small Bonsai trees and outer walls.

Its creator is still unknown to us, but most likely a local farmer from the Bắc Ninh area  in Vietnam made it. Making the bricks, tiles, doors and window-frames must have been an incredible amount of work.


The time for American Bonsai

Artisans Cup 2015



The buzz has been going around for a few weeks now. Ryan Neil and his team are working around the clock on creating an astonishing event, planned to take place late September. About time we investigated what’s going on!


Marijuana Bonsai?

Cannabis bonsai



Bonsai is something that fascinates people, and this fascination has led to several jokes and hoaxes on the internet. The Bonsai kitten (little kitten held for years in small glass jars) is probably the #1 story in this category, it was even investigated by the FBI, and luckily turned out to be fake!

Another story we heard before is about Marijuana Bonsai plants. Hoax or not?


The smallest of the smallest; Mame Bonsai

Mame Bonsai



Bonsai are known for their small size. But Mame Bonsai (up to 4'' / 10cm) take the quest for miniaturization one step further.

Mame and pottery artist Haruyosi (Japan) shares with us several of his miniature works of wonder.


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!


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