Masahiko Kimura restores a very old juniper
The graceful fir
The graceful fir is an excellent choice for bonsai.
Pop or rock?
Pop star Shintaro Akiyama jumps into the deep when creating a rock planting in cooperation with Kunio Kobayashi and Osamu Fukudate of Shunkaen
Walk the wire
Learn professional techniques: wiring a juniper
Just drop it
Creating a literati red pine by focusing on the dropping branch
Hawthorn from cuttings
Hawthorn: The challenge is to create a finished tree starting from scratch
The first cut…
Pruning deciduous trees in the spring. A beginners' guide
The rough type
The arakawa maple is one of the most popular trees in the bonsai world. Andrea Meriggioli shows why.
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.
Looking for simplicity
François Jeker takes a look at Jos Sprengers' Buxus.
What’s happening here?
A different approach to air layering with a 'rough edge'
Less can be more
A lesson in how to cut more branches for better results
Man of the Mountains
Mauro Stemberger works on a yamadori pine
Wisteria from scratch
How to create bonsai from cuttings, grafting and other methods . This time we work with Wisteria
Jack & John
British artist, John Milton, works on a white pine in Japan.
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.
Is it just one blob of green?
Manuel Germade re-styles an Itoigawa juniper This very compact juniper, grafted with Itoigawa foliage, has grown out of proportion. The shape of the trunk with its deadwood is very attractive. The main task for Manuel…...
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,…...
Is this worth spending time ?
Prunus spinosa/blackthorn as bonsai Harry Harrington explores the virtues of the blackthorn with its white flowers contrasting beautifully against its dark black bark Prunus spinosa is a tree species native to the UK and Northern […]
Why does he want to break free
Massimo Bandera wants to work unhindered by convention For Massimo Bandera bonsai is very much an art form. The bonsai artist should be free from conventions and rules. In the process of creating an extraordinary…...
Can Kimura dance with a shari?
Masahiko Kimura rearranges the foliage around a dancing shari Exploring the artistic sensitivity of Mr Kimura, we take a look at the material he will work on. The transformation is not tremendously dramatic, however the…...
How to ‘crack’ a white pine
Masayuki Fujikawa transforms a white pine by changing the angle and compacting an elongated trunk. One of the best characteristics of this tree is the aged appearance of the bark, making it look as though…...
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…....
A good omen
It is a deciduous tree of the Fagaceae family and grows naturally in the mountains of various parts of Japan, also on the coastline on the side of the Sea of Japan. The oak’s local…...
A fruitful day
How to pollinate flowering bonsai Under the guidance of Hiroki Miura, Japanese popstar Ayaka Yamamoto tries her luck with fruiting fruit-bearing trees. The fruit of a tree is not always produced when it flowers. If…...
Bjorn Bjorholm works on a pine grown from seed Bjorn gives an initial styling to a more than 50-year-old pine, grown from seed. This classic informal upright bonsai has a long and much told history…...
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…...