How to create a Bonsai tree (DIY)

How to create a Bonsai tree (DIY)

How to create a Bonsai tree The best way to start your
journey into Bonsai art, is to buy a starter kit
and grow and train a Bonsai tree yourself. This tree is a Juniper plant
which is about four years old. After pruning, wiring and
repotting, this was the result. Now let’s start from the beginning by removing the top layer of soil to see where the first roots appear. We carefully lift
the tree from its pot and remove loose
soil using chopsticks. Now that we can see
where the main roots appear we can decide on the
best front of the tree. We also take into consideration
the shape and taper of the trunk and the position of the main branches. The next step is to carefully
remove any dead branches dangling growth or dead
foliage using scissors. This basic cleaning will reveal
the structure of the plant helping us in deciding
how to design the tree. Before cleaning After cleaning The next step is pruning. To create a more compact design we remove the top of the
tree using a concave cutter. This branch will be
bent upwards later on and function as the new apex. Pruning is considered the most difficult
part of creating a Bonsai tree. Try to follow our lead or consider enrolling in our
“Getting Started with Bonsai course” where we explain the process
of Bonsai design in great detail. For the curriculum and a free lesson go to: You can safely prune up
to 1/3 of your tree’s foliage. At this point, we are
finished pruning the tree and work starts on
wiring the branches. We start with wiring the main trunk which is still flexible
enough to bend. Carefully wrap wire around the trunk
at an angle of 45 degrees holding the wire with one hand,
and the trunk with the other. Now we carefully bend the
trunk to compact the tree as well as to create a
less formal appearance. Next we wire the main branches starting with the lower branches and slowly working
our way up to the apex. Try to wire two branches
with one piece of wire. Between these two branches make sure to wrap the wire at least
once around the trunk for stability. Hold the branch with one hand,
and the wire with the other. Reposition your fingers after
each twist to protect the branch. The wire should be thick
enough to hold the branch in the desired shape once we bend it. This is the branch that will
function as the apex of the tree. Remaining wire can be
cut off using a wire cutter. Once you finish wiring the branches,
you can start shaping them moving your way up the trunk,
towards the apex of the tree. Next we prepare the Bonsai pot before we start repotting. A Bonsai pot should have
at least one drainage hole. We attach a mesh to cover this hole with a short piece of wire. We also prepare two long wires which will be used later to
attach the tree to the pot. Next we untangle the roots
carefully using chopsticks. Using scissors we prune long roots. We can prune up to 1/3
of the roots if needed. Now we add some soil in the pot. Place the tree slightly
off-center in the pot keeping in mind its front and the most beautiful
angle for displaying it. Once you are satisfied
with the placement attach the tree to the pot using
the wires we prepared earlier. Now we add more soil. Use chopsticks to make sure all
air-pockets are filled with soil. We have pruned, wired
and repotted the tree. So what’s next? First we water the tree. We will wait with
fertilizing for a month and make sure that the wires are not
damaging the branches after a few months. Before After On our website we offer
several online courses including our “Getting
Started with Bonsai course” and the “Bonsai Beginners’ Course”. Again, for more
information and free lectures go to:

100 thoughts on “How to create a Bonsai tree (DIY)

  1. watches a dozen videos on bonsais then proceeds to prune a plant for an hour only to realize it was plastic the whole time

  2. First time I see your videos that thing is I love bonsai so brother you just got yourself a subscriber good job on that bonsai and looking forward to learn more about it

  3. Is it just me or does it feel like he's beating the shit out of this little juniper? Isn't the point to let the thing gently grow into shape over time?

  4. Θέλω να ευχαριστήσω για όλες τις συμβουλές,και τα μαθήματα!!!

  5. "Next untangle the roots carefully using a chopstick"

    Few seconds later… started fucking it with the chopstick

  6. Darn …i was here for some knowledge on bonsai but now I'm literally dying of laughter, guys if you are scrolling down below in the comment section please make sure u read the replies too. This comment section is killing me 😂😂😂
    Bdw I liked and subscribed. Great video .

  7. The woman who did Bonsai trees her whole life and works for decades to craft each one of them will be offended by this video, I mean u can appreciate this easier option and diy but it sure won’t look as beautiful, kinda like making a clay replica of a sculpture

  8. I was under the impression that you had to cut leaves in half to make the tree eventually grow smaller leaves. That you gave the plant enough to survive but not to grow. But nevermind all that, just grab a sapling and bend and cut it into shape! Instant sort of Bonsai!

  9. Why many white people so stupid don't know the origin of bonsai? Bonsai is from china. Not from japan.The japanese learned the art of planting bonsai from china. The japanese culture is in great influence by chinese culture.

  10. I am fairly new to bonsai and wanting to start from seed (I know this takes years). I have purchased seeds from amazon and eBay with little to no luck, dead seeds arrive with no labeling. I was able to get two trees from hundreds of seeds. If anyone has any seeds, I would forever be grateful. Happy bonsai-ing.

  11. The reason the Japanese use wooden chopsticks so extensively is that there is little metal left in the country. Metal has to be imported.

  12. This looks like a real soul healing hobby, i am seriously considering it. Just need to learn some more, i always try to learn everything there is about a hobby before diving in. Thanks for the video, greetings from Serbia.

  13. Many Thanks Sir Bonsai Empire for ur inspiring video on how to create our own Bonsai..I will apply what i have learned from you in my next video..

  14. Leuk om nieuwe informatie te krijgen die we niet wisten. Maar waarom niet van toepassing op fruitbomen zoals fruit

  15. This is so rad! I honestly never thought much about bonsai or the process. It's amazing. Patience is obviously required. Near the end you mentioned making sure the wire wasn't damaging the stems. I'm wondering "what if"? I would love to know more or see a follow-up video. Thank you for peaking my interest. You did a beautiful job. 🥰

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