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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
Bonsai trees come in all tree-species, sizes, shapes and... prizes. Ranging from a few dollars for a small and young plant to one plant that sold for over a million dollars in Japan!
In this post I add a few examples of expensive Bonsai trees.
Between august 31st and september 8th Fai della Paganella, a small town in the middle of the Brenta Dolomite Mountains in Italy hosted a bonsai week named Summer Bonsai Festival and organized by the Nippon Bonsai Sakka Kyookai Europe (NBSKE) with the support of Trentino Bonsai Club and the municipality of Fai della Paganella. The goal of the Association is to spread knowledge about traditional Japanese bonsai trees and its ancient art to Europe. This Association is non profit, its goals are educational and cultural in nature and it holds competitions in many forms, though they were not included in the activities this particular week.
When I was young I watched the Karate Kid movie and, as you might have guessed by reading the title of this blog post, I was amazed by those little bonsai trees that mr. Miyagi styled. I just had to have one!
And so started my passion for Bonsai. This blog post lists the bonsai moments showed in the movies, with a few screenshots. Enjoy reading.
Lone Wolf with Cub. How a Samurai became Bonsai
“Lone Wolf with cub” has won the first prize at the Swiss Bonsai Award in 2012 in the category import conifer, first prize at the EBA 2013, second prize at the Coordinamente Piemonte-Lombardia in 2013, first prize at the 2nd contest of the Bonsai Club Ticino in June 2013 and has been selected for exhibition at the Sakka Ten in Spain in November 2012. The prize is to be selected from hundereds of other bonsais!!
In this article Melanie Walzer discusses the tree's progression and the artistic considerations made when Nicola Crivelli styled it.
How “big” is bonsai these days? How popular is it in one country/territory compared to another? Where are enthusiasts concentrated? We investigated these questions and present our findings in this article.
The term “Bonsai” can refer both specifically to the Japanese form of artistically-trained dwarfed potted trees, and also generally to most similar versions, such as penjing in China, bunjae in Korea, hon non bo in Vietnam, etc. It is this wider definition of containerized, naturalistically-shaped and usually woody-stemmed perennial plants which we are using in this article.