Developing bonsai maple branches – spring work

May 7, 2017 – 7:20 am

With spring in full swing in Texas, USA, Scott Barboza has worked on one of his maple bonsai in development again. On one of...

Build instructions for a bonsai growbox

January 15, 2017 – 9:44 pm

A basic instruction to create a wooden growbox for bonsai It really is very easy to build a basic growbox for your trees. Besides some...

Winter in Bonsai Museum Dusseldorf

December 18, 2016 – 6:46 am

Location of the Bonsai Museum It is still early on the 4th of December when I arrive in Dusseldorf. I am visiting the Bonsai Museum...

  • Sap transport

    February 26, 2013 – 8:21 pm

    Understanding sap transport in Bonsai
    . Whether it is setting an air layer, understanding growth or...

  • Why trunks grow thick

    February 23, 2013 – 9:48 pm

    Carved trunk Why bonsai trunks grow thick
    . It is good to understand how trunks grow if you...

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Birch trunk

The base of a good bonsai, is a good trunk. The main thing giving the impression of age are the trunk and bark of your bonsai. And all too often this aspect is overlooked when people just start off with bonsai. How to create the perfect trunk for bonsai? To know that, one first needs to define what a good bonsai trunk is. Let’s take a closer look.


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Japanese Maple as bonsai
. one of the speciees with the most delicate foliage and an instant favour for most people that see this plant. The japanese maple makes excellent bonsai!


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Ficus microcarpa as bonsai
. Sold by the thousands daily, the typical ficus retusa / micropcarpa is not per se a good plant for bonsai. However, when working these species, some excellent plants can be grown.


Sageretia Theezans

Sageretia Theezans as bonsai. A nice subtropical plant very well suited for bonsai.


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