How to create a Bonsai forest planting
First of all suitable Bonsai plants need to be selected; a group planting should consist of different sizes of trees, a few tall ones for in the middle and several smaller ones to plant on the sides. Use trees mostly growing upright, as the composition could look unnatural when using many different shapes of trees. How many trees to use in total is up to you, most group plantings contain 7-15 trees.
Selecting the right Bonsai pot is very important; choose a large and quite shallow pot and take into account the normal guideline for deciding on color etc. A pot with many small holes in the bottom will be useful when attaching the trees to the pot.
Use a standard Bonsai soil mixture of Akadama, Pumice and Lava rock mixed together in a ratio of ½ to ¼ to ¼ (read the Bonsai soil mixtures article for more detailed information on soil mixtures for different species of trees, climates, etc.).
After having selected the trees and the pot, follow the step-by-step plan below to create the group planting. We also created a video about creating a small forest from Maple trees, see above, or read about this mini forest.
The spring season is the best time of year to create a group planting, the ideal time is when the trees you are combining into a forest planting are starting to show signs of new growth.
Place the newly formed Bonsai group planting in the shade for at least a month and wait with styling the trees until the next spring.