Cultivating Prunus from winter into spring..
How to create bonsai from cuttings, grafting and other methods using interesting and unusual species...
Between the buds
Using graft techniques to improve the quality of trees
What happens inside?
Defoliation is applied to promote back budding on trident maples
Harry Harrington rapidly develops a field elm into a bonsai...
Left twigs, or right?
Japanese maples with great ramified branches...
Just drop it
Creating a literati red pine by focusing on the dropping branch
The rough type
The arakawa maple is one of the most popular trees in the bonsai world. Andrea Meriggioli shows why.
Just a plastic tray
Working with deciduous trees is always a long-term project which needs some clever thinking, too
In the blink of an eye…
The world of beech (Fagus) by master craftsman, Iemitsu Ooishi.
The bold cut approach
Growing new bonsai material by layering and a bold cut.
Pruned by bacteria?
Using beneficial bacteria for stronger, better ramified and disease-free bonsai.
Hidden in cones
According to Todd, Douglas firs are one of the most unpredictable trees he has worked with.
A ‘needle wrap’
Grafting is a very useful technique for conifers such as junipers and pines.
It has to be perfect
Katsushi Miura (Miura Baijyu-en Osaka) shows us a number of grafting techniques for improving material.
Pomegranate: The challenge is to create a finished tree starting from scratch
Get the most from your trees by making corrections for the future. Harumi Ishii (Ueharu-en) specialises in shohin of which refinement is a key element, so ugly cuts or disordered branch settings need to be…...
Little to do
During the growing season there is always something to do, even if the bonsai are of a small size. With the guidance of shohin expert, Hiroki Miura (Miura Baijyu-en, Osaka), the Japanese popstar, Ayaka Yamamoto,…...
How to create bonsai from cuttings, grafting and other methods with interesting and unusual species. With the help of illustrations we will see how to take a piece of material through to completion The pear…...
Simple adjustments can make a big difference Kenichi Suzuki (Onari-en) is very much into shohin-size bonsai. With simple material he demonstrates how you can change the design by adjusting the planting angle, or the pot…....
Cherry on the rocks
The challenge is to create a finished tree starting from scratch How to create bonsai from cuttings, grafting and other methods withinteresting and unusual species. With the help of illustrations we will see how to…...
A date with spring
Spring tasks for native deciduous bonsai Repotting is the primary focus for bonsai enthusiasts during spring. However, there are a number of other tasks, often forgotten, that are worth carrying out at this time of…...
What’s under the soil?
Repotting your bonsai is rather like a health check The trees of Hiroshi Takeyama, the head of Fuyo-en bonsai nursery, have a distinctive character and elegance. He is renowned for his conscientious and thorough work,…...
How to create a twin trunk style tree with a ‘Yatsubusa’ ezo spruce, Picea glehnii ‘Yatsubusa’. In this series we look at creating bonsai from cuttings, grafting and other methods with interesting and unusual species. […]
Acer palmatum, the Japanese maple, has a wide distribution and grows at many elevations throughout its native habitat. In cultivation, it is seen everywhere as a garden plant and as bonsai. Under good conditions, the…...
Branch development on an elm Inspired by a colourful autumn, we look at how to develop branches on deciduous trees that show seasonal colour. Guided by Master Hiroki Miura, Ayaka Yamamoto, a famous popstar in…...
As the leaves fall in autumn, it is time to study the branch structure of the tree in detail and begin pruning This article describes the pruning of deciduous tree branches in autumn. I believe…...
The birth of new buds
In autumn you can improve the branch setting of your maple The bare branch structure is revealed and good and bad things are seen. You’ll note where node length has become too long, whether there…...
A solid regime…
Bonsai need water, air and sunlight in order to photosynthesis and grow. The combination of these three elements is enough for a tree to manufacture the sugars and starches it requires from its leaves. Harry…...