Heavy Bends with Guy Wire

Guy Wire The guy wire technique is used both in landscape trees and bonsai trees. You'll often see trees that have branches with wire attached...

Heavy Branch Bending with Raffia

Heavy Branch Bending For most of us, we always wish that a branch could be moved lower. However, we're often limited by our technique or...

Clip and Grow Method: Developing a Pad Layer

The clip and grow method is a great way to familiarize yourself with the growth patterns of your tree.  For beginners, it's also a...

Bonsai Training: Clip and Grow Method Basics: Tip #1

Bonsai Training: Clip and Grow Method Of the methods in which you can train your bonsai tree, the clip and grow method is the easiest. ...

Preparing your Bonsai for Winter

Bonsai Winter Preparation For many, the winter season storms have already begun and brought snow.  For others, as we get closer to the winter season,...

2 Wiring Tips for Improving your Technique

Wiring Tips Nearly every bonsai enthusiast is always trying to improve their technique.  After looking at trees in books, we would all like to know...

Working with your Bonsai Tree’s Roots

Working with your Bonsai Tree's Roots: The Right Tools for the Job Working with your bonsai tree's roots is sometimes a neglected task.  Most enthusiasts...

Trimming Roots: Will it kill my tree?

Trimming Roots Trimming roots is a maintenance necessity that can sometimes cause anxiety.  However, trimming the roots of your tree when repotting will help your...

Base Layer: 3 Elements to Consider

Base Layer Adding a base layer to your pot while repotting works wonders for your bonsai tree.  Not only does it prevent compaction, but it...

Watering : Checking for Signs of Stress

Watering In Japan, only the most senior level apprentice or student is permitted to water the trees.  The reason for this is because watering the...