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Step by step with Hemlock

Teunis Jan Klein shows us how to create a medium sized bonsai in just a few steps. This time he works on hemlock (Tsuga), a variety less commonly seen as bonsai. 1. Analysis The shrub has grown in the field for approximately 3 years. No pruning or other work has…...


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Just a simple line up?

Nobuichi Urushibata creates a rock planting with cheap material. Making a group planting on a rock with inexpensive material is the goal here. Bonsai Master, Nobuichi Urushibata, Taisho-en Nursery, has much expertise in growing and applying advanced techniques, such as grafting and air layering. This time he shows us how…...


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A double life

A JUNIPER IS SPLIT UP TO CREATE TWO SEPARATE BONSAI Minoru Akiyama is well-known for his refined work. In summer 2017 he was invited by Frank Busch, of Bonsai Park Nursery, to carry out some workshops and to do a special demo with us on a very unusual juniper. Minoru…...


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Bonsai ‘built’ on a frame

How to create a bulky maple As I have said previously, this technique implies wrapping a number of young plants, seedlings, around a man-made structure, called a ‘frame’. Its shape will be the one the finished maple will take on eventually. The structure can be made of metal or wood…....


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The aim for perfection led José to Japan

José Guerao Navarro’s own pottery didn’t satisfy him and so he went to Japan to become an apprentice at the studio of famous potter Youkizou Nakano who lives in Tokoname. When I started with bonsai, about 25 years ago, few pots arrived in Spain and those that did were expensive…...


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Is it natural? (1)

Harry Harrington guides you to create and use deadwood features on deciduous and broadleaf bonsai


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Cotoneaster – A friend to everyone

An extremely versatile and easily grown plant. It enables the grower to happily style away with very satisfying results. Bruno Wijman shows the amazing results after a few hours’ work. 1. Analysing the tree This shrub originates from a very large bonsai nursery in Spain, Mistral. In Spain the climate

Yama no seishin – The beauty of cherry bonsai

One can find great strength in the depths of winter from the dignified beauty of the white flowers and luxurious fragrance. The beauty of Prunus bonsai is imbued with a sense of wabi. In Japan, wherever one focuses on the tree there is a sense of an ancient Prunus, the…...


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Spiralling veins

Jan Culek sketches options for Max Ludwig’s juniper  The tree looks quite fresh and I would like to recommend working first with the essential things for junipers — the live veins and deadwood. The trunk needs first of all to develop stronger character by creating shari and establish the live…...


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Prunus

You can propagate and create bonsai from cuttings and by grafting, especially with unusual and interesting species.  We are creating a slanting style bonsai with a mountain cherry: Prunus jamasakura SPECIES 1st – 3rd year Grafting February – March Grafting method Planting method Soil mix: Akadama 7 – Kiriyu 3 – charcoal 0.5 June –

Chopped off

Bjorn Bjorholm is challenged by a chunky pine on Mallorca. In collaboration with the Bonsai Sense Nursery.


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