• Ulmus in Bonsai Museum Dusseldorf

    Ulmus by Werner Busch

    A very refined bonsai in the Bonsai Museum in Dusseldorf, in the middle of winter. Look at the fine twigging, and the forst crystals on the branches. Exceptional quality!

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  • Larix Landscape

    Walk in the forest

    A nice Larch forest with some figurine in it.

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  • Toringo Crabapple

    Toringo Crabapple

    Toringo Crabapple ‘Malus Seiboldii’ donated to National Bonsai and Penjing Museum US, by Shyuichi Ueda. It has been in training since 1905.

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  • Larch – Before and after

    Larch – Before and after

    During a workshop in Wales, in March 2015, Pavel Slovak put a finishing touch on this larch, owned by Jeremy Wheeler. Over several variations this exploded bush with a big trunk -no pun intended- has become an elegant bonsai. Such a great transformation. Note that This tree went through several alterations over the year, before the final styling that led to this image. First major style & deadwood styling by Bob Hill Widening of the canopy and refining of deadwood […]

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  • Hawthorn Raft

    Hawthorn Raft by Tony Tickle

    Tony Tickle (http://yamadori.co.uk) is well known for his Yamadori collecting sprees and the resulting amazing trees that he is able to find. One of his earliest trees is this Hawthorn raft. The leaves are the size of finger nails, and it gets better every year. This is a truely spectacular tree. In winter it sits outside on his benches:

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  • Repotting Bonsai by Graham Potter

    Graham Potter (Kaizen bonsai) has a great series of bonsai videos. In this one, he shows step by step, how to repot a bonsai tree. In the example he shows how much rootmass you can remoe when you take a potted up plant, and move it into a nursery container.

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  • Bonsai Privet by Harry Harrington

    Privet by Harry Harrington

    This privet Bonsai by Harry Harrington has been in training for 11 years at time of this picture. In this time, he has managed to turn a stumb from a hedgerow into a beautifull piece of art. The tree is complemented by a custom made pot. The pot was made by Victor Harris of Erin Bonsai.

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  • Elm by Paul Spearman in 2011

    Elm raft – Paul Spearman

    Paul bought this elm of Will Baddely in 2011. By January 2015 the basic structure is very clear. A clear example of what a little bit of vision, combined with skills can do. Can you imagine what this tree will look like in another 5 or even 10 years? Before repotting on the slab (Winter 2014) and in leaf (summer 2014):

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  • Refining Larch branch structure – MiKo Bonsai

    When you grown Larch as bonsai, it quickly becomes clear that these are strong growers. This puts some strain on keeping the tree at bay, and the branches nice and refined. This video shows how Mike cleans up an overgrown Lrach and brings it back to a stage that gives andother 2-3 years of growth. Well-explained why certain cuts are made and a must-see if you are growing Larch for bonsai.

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  • Big branch bending – Seok Ju Kim

    Even very thick branches can be bend, provided proper technique is used. Seok Ju Kim is a Korean bonsai professional that gives workshops and stylingdemonstrations around the world. In the Isabelia workshop in Czech republic this video was shot by Bonsai Focus.

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  • High levels of ramnification shown clearly

    Ramification shows age

    This image of a highly ramified tree in the north-British hills was captured by Tony Tickle, a well-know British bonsai artist. He announced this tree online with the words Ramification… this is a perfect model! And we can only agree. A nice example of how our finely ramnified bonsai do follow nature. And besides that, it is just a beautifull serene image of nature in early winter display. Just a sprinkle of snow is missing. Just one thing left to […]

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  • Hawthorn raft

    Hawthorn raft

    Chris Guise took this picture of a Hawthorn (Crataegus spp) in Basildon Park, Cookham. It is a perfect example for a natural looking raft-style bonsai. It shows the process through which a raft may for in Nature. As thwe tree ages, some section rot, or are broken by wind and/or lightning. As the canopy gets too heavy for the thinner trunk to support, the tree falls over, but continues growing. This may happpen multiple times and a crawling tree forms.

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Growing Bonsai Posts: Growing Bonsai

Tamarix bonsai full of surprises

Tamarix bonsai full of surprises

Tamarix is a fast growing species featuring a spectacular bark with age. Untill something goed wrong, as with mine..

Nature’s little helpers

Nature’s little helpers

Ladybugs are great to get rid of aphids. A little reminder to not use insecticides unless one really has to.

Removing azalea bonsai flowers

Removing azalea bonsai flowers

Spring has arrived. The Azaleas are flowering. Great views in the garden. But.. A moment will come when the first flowers start to whilt. It is time to consider removing …


Recent Videos

  • Forest inspiration


    Growing along the edge of Copper Canyong, this group of oaks is a perfect example of a small tree group.

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  • Literati by Qingquan Zhao

    Literati by Qingquan Zhao

    This literati by Penjing Master, Qingquan Zhao, is top of its class. Literati are often dramatic, with many twists and bends, defying logic. however, when expressed properly, a good Literati comes across as a balanced, calm image. The slender long cruved trunk reflecting on the struggle the tree has had to survive. Master Qingquan Zhao is one of the best bonsai artist in his area.

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  • Airlayering – The basics by Graham Potter

    Airlayering – The basics by Graham Potter

    Graham potter is a well-known bonsai artist, amongst others known for his massive online website based in the UK. In this post he explains in simple terms, with very clear footages, the steps to set an airlayer. One of the best tutorials on the process available. A definate guide to airlayering. Air layering is a method to grow roots on a trunk or branch in a place where normally no roots would grow. It can be very usefull if you […]

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  • Twisted pines

    Twisted pines

    These twisted pines were photographed on Formentera by Jelle Ferwerda from Growing Bonsai. A perfect exampe on how windblown bonsai and informal uprights can be combined in a natural look. This forest is right at the beach, subject to strong mediteranean winds.

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  • Socota dragon tree in Broom style

    Socota dragon tree in Broom style

    This tree is the perfect example of a broom-style tree in the wild. Dracaena cinnabari, the Socotra dragon tree or dragon blood tree, is a dragon tree native to the Socotra archipelago in the Indian Ocean. It is so called due to the red sap that the trees produce. (Src: Wikipedia).

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  • Baggins Bonsai Home by Chris Guise

    Baggins Bonsai

    This amazing bilbo-baggins house, as inspired by the hobbit and the lord of the rings book series, was created by Chris Guise, a bonsai artist in the UK. He is also the creater and distributor of the Bonsai Nibbler.  

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  • Treehouse by TAKANORI AIBA

    Bonsai treehouse

    Takanori Aiba created this bonsai treehouse. A truely magnificant piece of work, worthy as a first post on this wbsite. We fully recommend visiting his website

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