Aqua Bonsai is a new Bonsai style using the technology of hydroponics (a method of growing plants using mineral nutrient solutions, in water, without soil).
First, a Bonsai that was initially growing in soil is put in a circulation system of water and growth-lights. The details about this system are a well kept secret, but it results in a Bonsai tree that can thrive without any soil.
How to grow an Aqua bonsai?
Select a nice glass pot to display the Bonsai in. Per 250ml of water we add 2 drops of the fertilizer.
Place the tree at a window at a sunny spot Discard the liquid once a week, replacing the water and adding nutrients again.
Photos of Aqua Bonsai
Adding fertilizer to the water, on this tiny Ginkgo bonsai.
We place the Aqua Bonsai at a window facing the south, for enough light.
Once a week we change the water and nutrients.
Japanese craftsmen have created these glass containers by hand. These are absolutely beautiful.
Different tree species can all be kept as Aqua Bonsai. including pines and maples.
Some tiny little Aqua Bonsai displayed indoors.
A maple, wax tree and a young pine tree.
Wonderfully designed glass pots!
The process of creating Aqua Bonsai
With this circulation system, Bonsai are grown with new roots (suitable for hydroponic cultivation).
The water in which the Bonsai is placed is not normal tap water, as the tree would wither and eventually die. So we add certain fertilizers to the water, making it weakly acidic and promoting growth.
Every day, mr. Nakajima held a record of the hydroponic results, perfecting the mix of fertilizers to add to the water. This took well over three years to perfect. And so Aqua Bonsai was born.
We thank Daisuke Nakajima (AQUA bonsai), for sharing these insights. Sales will start spring 2016, find the website here.