Make A Bonsai



Creating your first bonsai is not as hard as you may think. In this section we will take you through four stages.

  • Selecting suitable stock to work with.
  • Selecting a suitable style for your tree and creating it.
  • Potting soils and wiring your tree.
  • Care and maintenance of your new bonsai.
  • If you follow these steps in progressive order you should end up with a passable tree that will only improve with age. Don’t be upset if it is not up to show standard on your first attempt, you will learn all the basic techniques in this exercise and the more you look at trees the more expert you will become.

    I still have the first tree I made although it has been through several incarnations and restyles and if I was doing it from start it would probably be quite different, but it still holds sentimental value.

    So start at stage one and return to this page until you have completed stage four.

    Then send me a photo I would love to put it on this site to inspire others to take up this absorbing hobby.

    I have picked up a Juniper procumbens from our local plant store to give you a photo demonstration of each step as well as having the written instructions





    This is a quick slide show of what we will cover.

    Please follow the links below for more detailed instructions.



    1. Selecting Stock

    Stage One Start Here - Selecting Stock



    2. Styling Your Tree

    Stage Two Styling your tree



    3. Potting & Wiring

    Stage Three Potting & Wiring



    4. Care & Maintenance

    Stage four Care and Maintenance



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    Please don't use this page to ask questions go to the contact us page. This is for you to display your new bonsai and keep an online picture of its creation. please give us a discription and the type of tree used if you know. If you have any problem click on the question marks for help.
    Thanks Mark

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    Sets of Potted Tree Collection 
    Old materials collected in the wild, indeed looks more mature aged tree.

    New Zealand Coprosma Bonsai 
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    Boxwood green velvet bonsai from NY, USA 
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    Juniperus Procumbens 'Nana' 
    This is my first ever Bonsai, i have wanted to do it since i was a teenager, i love them so much, and i came across your website and decided its now or …

    Ficus panda 4 years old 
    well, i just saw this site today and just wanted to share this photo i made on 3.10.09 of last year...i am into bonsai for 8 yrs now, though still in my …

    alnus 
    this tree growth in north of iran, mazandaran. just have 5 years old.

    Ficus Benjamin 
    I have this bonsai 3 years, then 1 month ago i decided to make bonsai :))

    my perfect bonsai 
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    sancang 
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    PAKUR TREE 
    IT IS MY SECOND BONSAI, I TRIED HARD , BUT MOST TIME I FAILED , I WORKED HARD , HOPE IT WILL BE BIGGER IN FUTURE

    FICUS ROOT OVER ROCK 
    THIS IS MY FICUS ROOT OVER ROCK THAT I MADE BY CUTTUNG IN 2003..

    Scots/Scotch Pine Uncovering The Beauty of Traditional Christmas Tree 
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    Just planted Juniper Procumbens 
    I helped my youngest son make this Juniper Bonsai about 1 month ago. Quite a lot of fun. One of our favorites.

    parrotia persica 
    this tree just growth in north of iran. that is an espicial tree with very pretty autumn. this picture that you see, just 15 cm. if you have any question …

    NIKOLAI 
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    Juniper Bonsai Winter Care 
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    Rod whites first bonsai 
    This is my very first try at bonsai

    my first chinese bot 
    it is about 3 years,6months ago I repott it on bonsai plate.so have a look on my bonsai and give me some suggetion.thanking you. Poonam hossain.

    defeat to victory 
    I have this tree which has thick shiny leaves, and which was first introduced to me by the plant/tree supplier in the Philippines as "Cassandra", easily …

    My first bonsai after his first hair cut! 
    This is a small bonsai I picked up at the local store. I have zero experience with bonsai and I am eager to learn.

    Shavdog 
    A Japanese Maple, 3 y o. Informal upright style.

    ficus - roots over the rock slanting 
    this tree is from my collection in 2000 from cutting.The rock that i collect from quarry was very unic because there was 2 parts red and white.

    Ficus - Slanted/Winswept 
    A two year old Ficus, slanted style root over the rock.

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    bogainvillea 
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    my new ficus over a rockstone about one year oldt Not rated yet
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    my new ficus over a rockstone about one year oldt Not rated yet
    This mature looking ficus plant found on our ground floor.brought home to make a bonsai.its alive in this small bonsai container....i am just wonder what …

    potting 2 junipers together? Not rated yet
    my 2nd. bonsai is just a little smaller than the one you show, my 1st one is much smaller, can both be potted in the same pot together?

    Shohin Shimpaku Juniper Not rated yet
    Nursery stock with an excellent character as a bonsai in the future. The branches are young, flexible enough to wire and bend. Twisting the trunk helps …

    Juniperus Bonsai plant Not rated yet
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    These are my latest collection and need some more years to wait.

    First one..... :) Not rated yet
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    My First Bonsai Not rated yet
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    Rare in Europe and almost any bonsai Not rated yet
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    collected wild plum first styling Not rated yet
    I collected this tree last spring from my dads property. Im not gonna repot it until next spring or the following spring but I figured i could get some …

    japanese holly Not rated yet
    Bought this as a nursery plant from home depot. I've trimmed it twice since I got it in april. Next year ill start looking for a more suitable pot! Open …

    Alfonso Not rated yet
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    my baby bonsai  Not rated yet
    i have been wanting to create a bonsai for quite some time..i got my hands on a pot and realized..that i had no idea what i was doing. this website helped …

    My Baby Not rated yet
    well it's not realy new i've had it for a little while maybe about 4-5 months I think it's a Ficus Nitida i'm not to sure..... Ty for looking

    FICUS ROOT OVER ROCK Not rated yet
    THIS IS MY FICUS ROOT OVER ROCK THAT I MADE BY CUTTUNG IN 2003.. AND THE ROCK HAVE 2 SIDE RED AND WHITE

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