My goal here is to put a list of amazing resources I’ve found through years of searching the internet for information in my journey to practice bonsai at a higher level. I’ve separated it into a few different categories. This will regularly be under construction. If you’re looking for beginner tips and information continue to scroll. If you are looking for advanced information click here.
The first thing I would recommend to any beginner in bonsai is to read, watch and learn. You can avoid a large amount of mistakes and wasted money if you spend a little time doing research and learning about bonsai. That being said, here are some links to common websites where you can learn and read more:
- www.reddit.com/r/bonsai/ – This is the reddit bonsai subreddit that has a weekly thread dedicated to beginners. It also has a great beginner wiki that I highly recommend reading: https://www.reddit.com/r/Bonsai/wiki/walkthrough#wiki_beginners_walkthrough_.28aka_bonsai_mythbusters.29 and another great thread about the basics of developing bonsai: https://www.reddit.com/r/Bonsai/wiki/developingbonsai
- https://happydiyhome.com/bonsai/ – This blog post covers the basics of bonsai care for someone that may be completely new to bonsai.
- Bonsai Nut – www.bonsainut.com – Thousands of thread and posts about bonsai
- Bonsai4me – www.bonsai4me.com
- Bonsai Mirai – www.bonsaimirai.com – Great resource and personally one of my favorite teachers of bonsai. There are a few free videos and the podcasts are free, but a subscription is required for all the videos.
- Eisei-en Bonsai – https://www.youtube.com/user/bjorvalabonsai – Bjorn has a great youtube channel with tons of great information.
- Attend a local club – searching your area for a club is one of the best ways to learn more and is vital to the bonsai community.
- Social Media – https://www.instagram.com/joeybonsai/
- Map of Bonsai-related Locations around the world – https://www.google.com/maps/d/u/0/viewer?mid=1dqwKfNcvoHBB4GBSYSpd3bX7B9c&ll=38.78696922230103%2C-122.70425102302863&z=2
List of Bonsai Mirai Podcasts That I Found Necessary To Highlight
Yamadori Specific Information
These are different podcasts even though they have the same name. Great listen hearing Randy’s experiences as a collector for the last 20 years.
- Eisei-en Bonsai: https://www.youtube.com/c/eiseienbonsai
- Free Mirai Videos: https://live.bonsaimirai.com/library
- Different Species: https://phoenixbonsai.com/list-of-plants-as-bonsai/
- Fertilizing – https://s3.wp.wsu.edu/uploads/sites/403/2015/03/foliar-feeding.pdf
- Propagation: Root Cuttings – https://www.bonsainut.com/threads/elm-root-cuttings.18590/page-10
- Soil Information: https://www.sandiegobonsaiclub.com/uploads/2/4/0/4/24046255/soil_its_what_goes_in_the_pot.pdf
- Acidic Water: https://centralarizonacactus.org/assets/article/growing/CACSS_Article_An_Acid_Trip_For_Your_Plants_Lee_Brownson.PDF
- Watering: https://walter-pall-bonsai.blogspot.com/2008/12/over-watering-root-myth.html
- Colander For Sale: https://www.tigerchef.com/plastic-colanders.html
- Judging Bonsai – https://www.abasbonsai.org/pdf/youbethejudge.pdf
- Root Stand Building – https://www.bonsaiempire.com/blog/bonsai-rootstand
- Decandling Black Pines – https://bonsaitonight.com/2016/07/22/decandling-black-pine-bonsai-overview/
- Design Book – http://designprofessionalism.com/