A pine slowly starts to die off, so what is happening here?
Tag: root system
When and how to repot
Finding out for yourself the best time to repot deciduous trees isn't easy. Our smart guide to varieties and their cultivars gives you the answers you need.
How to create rock plantings: A basic guide
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…...
Masahiko Kimura's famous rock plantings.
See it from a different angle
Creating the moyogi style from a field-grown satsuki with Masaki Yoshii
Would you dare?
Chojubai, the dwarf variety of the Japanese quince, is cut in half.
The challenge to grow bonsai from scratch: Ficus
The charm of the very, very small . . .
Wake up, Sleeping dragon
Mario Komsta works on a yamadori pine, Pinus sylvestris.
Dead or alive?
A mind boggling creation,
Beginners’ guide to repotting
Early spring is the start of the repotting season. See our guide for what to do and when to do it.
Planted on a plastic tray?
Peter Warren continues with the second major stage of the maple he planted on a plastic tray.
Just a plastic tray
Working with deciduous trees is always a long-term project which needs some clever thinking, too
What’s happening here?
A different approach to air layering with a 'rough edge'
The making of Jeremiah’s Sierra juniper bonsai.
The scent of a bonsai
Developing a giant gardenia into an orthodox informal upright over three years.
When Andrea Meriggioli dived into the fascinating world of the Japanese maple, he learned all the techniques of how to prune, grow and maintain.
Trick of the master
Grafting techniques taught by bonsai Masters to improve your bonsai These techniques can all boosts the quality of your bonsai. Grafting, approach grafting and some simple bending are are just a few of the options…...
Elandan, a world of rock, wood, and bonsai by Dan Robinson ‘A beautifully groomed tree in the prime of its life doesn’t tell me much of a story. I want my trees to look profoundly…...
How to create foliage pads on the so popular five needle pine, work on its roots and watering It’s needless to say that five needle pine (Pinus parviflora) is a very popular species for bonsai…....
How to repot small trees in spring Yukio Hirose (Yamato-en) guides you through the principle techniques of repotting deciduous bonsai. According to Yukio, ‘In spring you have the chance to give the tree fresh new…...
Orihime and Maihime are two maple varieties with very tiny leaves With the discovery of a very small-leafed variety comes a new chapter for the maple bonsai. Mr Katsumi Komiya (Shofu-en) guides you through the…...
Why are black pine needles so short? With the guidance of shohin expert, Hiroki Miura (Miura Baijyu-en, Osaka) the Japanese popstar, Ayaka Yamamoto, learns how to shorten needles on pines. In comparison to larger trees,…...
Styling and caring for Portulacaria afra Jerome Kellerhals’ bonsai garden is in sunny Florida, where he mainly works on semi-tropicals. Here he is going to talk of styling and caring for Portulacaria afra, known as […]
Mind the gap!
The problem of poor roots on a pine can be solved Can you improve the root base of a pine, just as you can with deciduous trees? A good question, so it seems a good…...
A dull juniper is matched with a rock full of character A rather dull juniper can become very striking when a rock with lots of character is added, Nishikawa Tomoya (Shirasagi-en, Himeji) shows how that…...
Chronicle of a Mop Top
Martin Nielsen tells his story of the broom style The broom style or whatever you would like to call it – maybe ‘Hokidachi’, as the Japanese say, even ‘mop top’. It is up to you…...