Bonsai Soil Particle Size

I researched the hell out of bonsai soil components. Then I spent more than I’d like on said components under the promise of growing better bonsai. Then I did the thing that stops me up every time. I actually did the thing I just researched. Reformed from using potting soil and any premade mix called “bonsai soil,” I took out …

13 Sure Fire Ways To Piss Off a Bonsai Nut

I’m going to get really irreverent here.  I’ve been tinkering with bonsai for about six years now.  I’ve found peace working on bonsai that I haven’t found doing anything else.  But, there’s a sort of attitude out there with bonsai.  A certain, well, vibe that kinda comes across as snottiness that I can easily see rubbing someone the wrong way. You …

How to Save a Dried Out Bonsai Tree

Perhaps you went on vacation.  Or maybe you just forgot to water, for a week.  You might be wondering how to save a dried out bonsai tree.  You know I’m talking about you if your bonsai is now more brown than green, and has seen better days.  If that’s the case, your tree is in need of emergency care. The …

Do I Need a Humidity Tray for my Bonsai?

If you’ve seen pictures of large powerful or graceful, amazing bonsai trees, many of them are pictured in stunning bonsai pots, with a humidity tray, and then placed on a beautiful stand. It’s easy to conclude that your bonsai thus also needs a humidity tray for optimal health. Humidity is the amount of moisture in the air. A humidity tray …

Recommended BETTER Beginner Bonsai Tools

One of the more commonly heard refrains from bonsai professionals and serious enthusiasts is that beginners in bonsai shouldn’t spend their money on cheap tool sets. They argue that cheap tool sets are worthless.  Instead the serious beginner should invest in just two or three better quality tools. The trouble I have with this recommendation is the ambiguity of exactly …

Recommended BASIC Beginner Bonsai Tools

One of the more commonly heard refrains from bonsai professionals and serious enthusiasts is that beginners in bonsai shouldn’t spend their money on cheap tool sets. They argue that cheap tool sets are worthless and instead the serious beginner should invest in just two or three better quality tools. The trouble I have with this recommendation is the ambiguity of …

How To Care for Your Bonsai Tools

FORWARD Failing to take care of tools can cause tools to rust, bend or get chipped, stick together, dull, and corrode. Bonsai tools are generally expensive and worth taking the time and effort to clean and properly care for. Having tools in good clean condition can also make bonsai work easier and more enjoyable.     CARBON VS STAINLESS In …

How to Water Your Bonsai

This sounds like a stupid question: “How do I water my bonsai?” Um, you put water into the pot.   This is not a dumb question. Over and under watering is a prime cause of dead bonsai trees. It’s the prime cause of death of potted plants in general, and bonsai have more specific needs than other potted plants. Anyone …

What is a Mud Man?

They’re called mud men. You likely saw them on mall bonsai all over the place a decade or so ago. He was small and made of different color clays, and he may or may not have been holding a fishing pole. Perhaps instead he was looking into the distance in a reflective manner.   Lately, most people would say no …

Review: Best Packaged Bonsai Soil Mix

For those of you who have been tinkering in bonsai for a while, you’ve likely learned that just because a package says “bonsai soil” on it doesn’t mean it’s actually good for your bonsai.   From buying soil that that is too moisture retentive and you might as well just pot in potting soil, to getting a product that seems …