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!

Bonsai gardens, inspiration for displaying your trees

Bonsai garden


A well designed Bonsai garden makes your trees stand out more than anything else. But designing one is incredibly difficult, especially because you need to find a way to display your trees at eye-level, while keeping in mind the individual requirements of each of your trees. This article can help you to find inspiration and offers a few guidelines to get started; good luck!


7 Great Bonsai forests

Forest Bonsai (Yose eu)



The forest style (in Japanese "Yose-ue") is one of the most popular styles of Bonsai. Instead of creating and displaying a single tree, with a forest we create a complete landscape. Enjoy viewing seven stunning examples of Bonsai forests!


Tree VS Bonsai, nature as source of inspiration

Tree vs Bonsai



It will be no surprise to anyone that nature is a big source of inspiration for those interested in Bonsai. After all, the ultimate goal of growing a Bonsai is to create a miniature version of nature.

In this article we have combined trees and Bonsai trees that look alike; you might be surprised at how incredibly similar some Bonsai trees are to their full-grown counterparts. Enjoy!


Bonsai movie

Bonsai movie



Sorry to have kept you waiting, but we’re finally done. Several days of filming and lots of hard work resulted in the best Bonsai movie we made so far.

We filmed ten trees, including a blooming Wisteria and a bright red Acer Palmatum, a very diverse selection of true Bonsai masterpieces. Please feel free to share or embed the movie to your blog if you like it!


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!


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.


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!


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.


To Akadama, or not to 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.


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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