jacqueline hill elm

some new project in my collection. It is dwarf elm -“Jacqueline Hill” variety. I think it has lot of potential to be nice shohin size tree in short future. We will see 🙂

It is grafted to some sort of elm stick and need to be air-lay next season.

the graft was made so badly that will become some nice trunk base in the future tree.


Some nebari to noodle

Nebari Bonsai

A different view from Bill Valavanis‘ garden. The well-developed nebari on these trees is a result of doing the right work, right from the beginning…spread the roots radially, let them develop just under the soil surface, exposing them gradually after they’ve thickened sufficiently underground, then repotting on a sparing timeline. Enjoy!










Next week we’ll take a look at a white pine’s journey back to health over the last year.

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Mini-bonsai (shohin) exhibition in China

wish to visit place like this someday

Shohin Bonsai Europe - Morten Albek

The 2nd Mini-bonsai exhibition September 2014 in Changzhou Qinxin Garden was an experience and a surprise to me. I had not expected something like this when I was invited to China to be part of this event.


At the exhibition I counted about 130 Mini-bonsai displays and many of high quality. Shohin- or Mini-bonsai, are growing rapidly in popularity in Japan, and in the west too. But clearly also in China, who can now make an event like this, showing the best of Mini-bonsai although still having a very short history of this type of bonsai. Not at least set up against a more than 1300 year history of bonsai in China.

Mini-bonsai has a different perspective than normal larger bonsai. Where large bonsai are displayed by themselves to show the beauty, strength and elegance of the tree, Mini-bonsai are focused on showing the beauty of the season too. This is done by displaying two or several trees…

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Tigerbark Ficus clean up.

worth to read if have some indoor trees

Chris V bonsaiblog

Although many bonsai artist stick with outdoor trees when not living in the tropics, most of them do have some trees indoors. A lot of the time it’s a ficus. I also have a couple of them. Ficus are easy bonsai to keep indoor because they are able to survive and even slightly adapt to the harsh conditions our living rooms have. Dry air with minimum humidity, drafts, temperature fluctuation and low light. I’ve seen ficus trees that barely get watered with almost no soil, dry and  full of cracks and still they had some branches with leaves. Now that isn’t the reason I keep them it’s more about that ficus are the only trees I can keep alive in my house that comes close to bonsai as I know it. I’ve tried many species but they all wouldn’t last long except for my ficus. I defoliate them, repot them any time…

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