Hawthorn, or Crataegus, is a great subject for bonsai. Easy growing and very forgiving when mistakes are made. It will send out multiple new shoots, giving you plenty of opportunity to grow new branches.
What happens inside?
Defoliation is applied to promote back budding on trident maples
All about the leaves
Harry Harrington shows how to improve ramification in deciduous trees by partial defoliation...
The challenge to grow bonsai from scratch: Betula
Left twigs, or right?
Japanese maples with great ramified branches...
The Rock eater
Maintaining and improving a rock-grown Japanese maple.
Dead or alive?
A mind boggling creation,
The rough type
The arakawa maple is one of the most popular trees in the bonsai world. Andrea Meriggioli shows why.
Harry Harrington's story of an oak grown from an acorn
Pruned by bacteria?
Using beneficial bacteria for stronger, better ramified and disease-free bonsai.
A wooden base?
A practical case study of trident maple by Andrea Meriggioli Andrea: I want to show you how correct timing and techniques may turn initially poor material into a good tree you can work on over…...
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…....
The branch doctor
Master Oota is the expert on grafting new branches on junipers From grafting branches to finishing a tree and his selection of famous needle junipers, these are trees that have been created by Nobuharu Oota…...
On a tightwire?
Winding wire around a branch is easy; effective wiring is more difficult Wiring is an indispensable skill in bonsai; it is something that needs to be used at many stages in tree development, from the…...
The Edo cherry
The challenge is to create a finished tree starting from scratch. In this series we look at creating bonsai from cuttings, grafting and other methods from interesting and unusual species. With the help of illustrations…...
Where are the roots?
Air-layer experiment. What works best: Sphagnum or a tourniquet? Yukio Hirose (Yamato-en) is up for an experiment. Which of the air layer techniques gives best results, the one that uses sphagnum only, or the technique…...
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…...
Yew can do it
A simple yew can be made into a stunning small bonsai in just a few steps. Michael Tran of Minoru bonsai guides you step by step in how to create a bonsai from a yew…....