Miura Hiroki (from Miura Baijyu-En nursery) is a specialist in shohin bonsai. Here he shows how to improve trees with reverse tapering trunks by using air-layering techniques
The empty space
Bruno Proietti Tocca works on a native yew
All about roots
Hiroki Miura guides you through the struggles of repotting pines, pruning and cutting their roots
A Pine Puzzle
Scots pine, Pinus sylvestris, is one of the most popular pine varieties and one of the most commonly styled tree.
An offer one can’t refuse
'The tree featured here is an eastern white cedar (Thuja occidentalis), which is native to Eastern Canada and much of the north-central and north-eastern United States'
By my front door
Tatsuo Fukugawa works on a white pine taken from his garden
THE GIANT LOOP
Mauro Stemberger styles a massive Scots pine with a loop shaped trunk
The challenge to grow bonsai from scratch: Betula
Out of the box
Harry Harrington works on a very bulky elm that has no tapering. By carving the trunk the problem is solved.
Creating shohin from faulty material
Use dull material to make impressive bonsai helped by grafting techniques. Here we show you how easy it can be. Pyracantha is in the Rosaceae family in the subset that contains Crataegus. It provides bright…...
Just drop it
Creating a literati red pine by focusing on the dropping branch
Is this a bonsai?
Ken Fujiwara works on a massive black pine
How to create bonsai from cuttings; the Korean juneberry.
Dead or alive?
A mind boggling creation,
Less can be more
A lesson in how to cut more branches for better results
A step back to go forward
Maintaining and improving the branching of Japanese elm
A ‘needle wrap’
Grafting is a very useful technique for conifers such as junipers and pines.
The ‘Mugo’ team
The mugo pine is an extraordinary example of a yamadori, an impressive trunk with some natural shari and lots of compacted branches on top. A real challenge for Matt and Tyler
Jack & John
British artist, John Milton, works on a white pine in Japan.
A corky type
The challenge is to create bonsai from scratch How to create bonsai from cuttings, grafting and other methods using interesting and unusual species. With the help of illustrations we will see how to take a…...
Jean-Philippe Hoareau (JP) works with the prickly juniper The needle juniper or Juniperus rigida, is a far more rugged tree than the Chinese ‘shimpaku’. Its deadwood is spikier and so is its foliage, too. You…...
A clever operation
Getting rid of faults and improving good characteristics Hiroki Miura works on a Chinese quince. It’s too heavy at the top, so that it is not entirely suitable for becoming an interesting shohin. It has,…...
Alexsandre Escudero works on a tiny Itoigawa juniper An average juniper can be changed into something interesting, you just need to have a vision and opt for doing something different to make it less regular…....
Shigeo Ebihara’s unbelievable method of trunk shortening This operation on an old maple took more than four and a half years to complete. The tree has one major fault that is impossible to solve using…...
How to make an air layer.
Just too long
Jan Culek copes with a tree that is almost impossible to style The pine Jan has chosen to work on (Pinus sylvestris) hasn’t the most ideal branch setting and trunk shape. It is a clump…...
Mike Lane gives an in-depth look at the venerable Sea Hibiscus An unassuming bonsai subject at first glance, the sea hibiscus appears to lack any of the desirable traits we pursue when looking for good…...
It’s a ‘mossy’ world
Moss is essential for bonsai, but you can enjoy it for itself, too If you have a garden where nothing will grow, cultivating moss in pots is the solution. Enter the ‘mossy’ world of Junichi…...
The Sardinian coastline consists of numerous small beaches embeddedin outstretched tongues of land. No wonder this Italian island is so popular among the tourists. But if you can make the effort to travel inland you…...
A semi-cascade for this oak was so logical René Alber: ‘This huge, but compact cork oak (Quercus suber) is ready for styling. The trunk is massive, has a wonderful curving movement and a fantastic corky…...