Bonsai The Best Gift For The Holidays

Bonsai The Best Gift For The Holidays

Bonsai The Best Gift… History of Bonsai as gifts – The origin of bonsai may have dated back to the Buddhist Monks migrating from China to Japan and brought Potted Trees as Gifts.

The word Bonsai itself which means Potted Tree originated in China and was then brought to Japan along with the tradition.   Besides being a symbol for good fortune luck and vitality the very beginning of bonsai is thought to be traced back as a gift.  The Buddhist monks when migrating to Japan brought Bonsai Trees as Gifts.  Along with representing good fortune, Beauty, and serenity bonsai is a very special art form, it has been one of the bests gifts in the world for thousands of years.  Our bonsai trees are all one of a kind and designed by South Florida’s best Family Owned Bonsai Vendors – Best Bonsai, Inc.

Here are just a couple of our current Finished Bonsai Trees


Root Over Rock Japanese Holly Bonsai Tree Fall Flowers Progression

Holly Bonsai Tree Root Over Rock

Japanese Holly Bonsai Tree Progression of Fall Flowers.


Japanese Holly Bonsai Tree Styled Root Over Rock  in a 6″ Ceramic Pot – Sequence of the Fall Flowers.

Root Over Rock Holly Bonsai Tree
Fall pre flowers beginning to bud.

In Japanese Aesthetics The term “Wabi-Sabi” which refers to the transient nature, the impermanence of things.  The cherry blossom blooming beautifully and falling to the ground.  This Bonsai tree embodies the concept of Wabi – Sabi while you watch the process of the fall flowers open and slowly fall to the ground.



Japanese Holly Bonsai After Rain
Buds starting to swell tree will flower in the Next couple days



Japanese Holly Bonsai
Japanese Holly Bonsai Tree just after a soft rain










The Fall Flowers are in full Bloom today 10/05/17


Flowering Bonsai Tree
Fall Flowers In Full Bloom.




Holly Bonsai Flowers
Holly Bonsai Flowers. Root over Rock Style Trunk.












Holly Bonsai Tree Root Over Rock
Bursting with Flowers.



Purchase this one of a kind Holly Bonsai Tree

Next Level of Lizard Lessons

Bonsai Lizard Lessons

Continuation of Lizard Lessons in the last blog on this Page Here Lizard Lizard Lizard….

Lizard Lessons
Zen Lizard
Bonsai Lizard Lessons
Lessons from nature

Zen Lizard on Bonsai










I mentioned that Nature has always been my teacher and that on the ladder of my understanding and growth using lizards as an archetype.  Depending on how on track I am the more I see and the larger the species get.  The pecking order would start with the little Brown Anoles common, average, but still a reminder. The Green Anole is special as it’s very rare in south florida can turn brown or green to match its surface.  Then the next level up is the Shrub Lizard, tough resilient and adaptable.  Then Finally Iguana’s they are past basic survival at the top of the food chain have no predators and tons of food.  So My last blog was about a brown anole who found his home on my Japanese Elm.  Today a Shrub lizard on my Juniper.  I feel growth and I am excited for what is to come.

Lizard, Lizard, Lizard. Brown Anole Elm Bonsai Tree

Brown Anole on a Elm Tree Bonsai

Lizard, Lizard, Lizard. Brown Anole Hanging On My Elm Bonsai Tree

Here Lizard, lizard, lizard…. “Eat anything you don’t see fit to enjoy theBrown Anole on a Elm Tree Bonsai amenities there in what I imagine is a 5 star hotel to you or any other little critters. Head of security your hired, room and board included”  To myself I cut the deal of a lifetime for this fortunate reptile.  He can now call my 20 year old Japanese Elm and it’s 14″ pot his new home.
Nature always was my teacher. When I was a kid I loved catching these Brown Anole lizards which you always see in South Florida. When I first tried they where way to fast.  Up to the age of Four or Five I couldn’t even catch 1 to have as my pet lizard.  This made me more frustrated than you an imagine.

Bonsai Tree Lizard

After Much practice I got faster.  Eventually I could catch one almost every afternoon.  After not much time at all playing in the yard I could easily get five or six mature larger lizards.  I wanted to keep them all as pets.  this eventually turned into an obsession.  The best way I can describe what I was doing at that time was being a Hoarder but with lizards.  It got to the point where there where 20 lizards in one small plastic cage.  This of course caused diseased and inhumane conditions for the captive brown Anole population.  I was probably five years old but between my mom’s scolding and seeing the unintentional torture.  That’s when I realized that every kind of life needs space.   Society should take lessons from nature.  I encourage you to watch this Hans Rosling TED talk about global population.  Countries that move toward smaller families generally have lower infant mortality, better overall living conditions, and education is a more available.

Hans Rosling Global Population

Not all into that woo woo but if I had to pic a spirit animal definitely would be lizards.  I see them at times when stars align and I feel what could best be described as Synchronicity.  The farther along on my life path I am, the older/bigger the lizard is. Now I usually see shrub lizards which are 2-3 times bigger than the small brown Anoles from my child hood.  When I am really in tune, Iguanas.  Learning life lessons from lizards since I was a young child.  I appreciate the encouragement they give me, I gives me a feeling of toughness and adaptability.  Might sound crazy or it might sound brilliant is what it is it’s me

Elm Bonsai Shelf

Archive of Bonsai Trees Sold

Bonsai Trees Sold

Archive of Bonsai Trees Sold

These are just a handful of Complete specimen Bonsai Trees sold to our clients in the past so you can see the quality material we have put out for 4 years now.  You also see the progression of us as artists.

Some of our Recent Bonsai Tree Inventory


Ficus Bonsai




Bonsai Ficus with aerial roots which give the tree a very old look.  This Bonsai Fig Tree is at least 15 years old and Stands 28″ tall.  Comes complete in a 12″ handmade ceramic bonsai soil, drainage mesh, and slow release fertilizer.

Ficus Bonsai Tree – 20 Year Old Tiger Bark Ficus

Ficus Bonsai

This is an amazing example of a Ficus Bonsai tree.  Trained in pot for 20 years from pre bonsai to a 6″ pot.  Eventually moved to a 10″ then a 12″.  Developed stu.nning Aerial Roots over the years.  We are very proud of this piece by artist James Moho

12 Year Old Tiger Bark Ficus Bonsai Tree

Ficus Bonsai





This Tiger Bark Ficus Bonsai was hand potted and trained by Artist Nandi.  This is a one of a kind living piece of art that can be enjoyed for only $120,


Tiger Bark Ficus Bonsai Tree – 12 Years Old

Bonsai Trees Sold




Impressive 10 year old Bonsai Tree. This specimen is a Tiger Bark Ficus bonsai with impressive areal roots and wide trunk.  This is one of the most trainable Bonsai I have ever come across.

Japanese Elm Bonsai Forest – 5 Tree Group Planting

Japanese Elm Forest





Bonsai Tree Forest, five tree Japanese Elm Group Planting.  Complete in forest tray, custom made unglazed ceramic bonsai pot designed specifically for Bonsai forest arrangements.  Complete with premium bonsai soil blend, our mix of lava rock, Akadama, Turface, Pine Bark, and Perlite.

Medium Ficus Bonsai

Spring Maintenance of My Bonsai Trees

Spring Maintence on Bonsai

Spring Maintenance of My Bonsai Trees

As Spring rolls in, my Bonsai Collection is exploding with new growth.  Time for Spring Maintenance.  This is a busy time, I am non-stop trimming back the new growth coming in.  On my Ficus Bonsai I use this as an opportunity to top off each tip of new growth.  TriSpring Maintenance on Bonsaimming these tips at strategic angles reduces the leaf size and keeps the foliage in dense 4×4 clusters.

I also introduced a once to twice a week regimen of adding natural fish fertilizer – 6-1-1 and SuperThrive.  These are mixed into the watering can and applied while watering the Bonsai Trees.


Gardening Concepts

Bonsai Concepts

Gardening Concepts

For example…. the Gardening Concepts that are fundamental to bonsai are conservation, balance and beauty.   Since, SUPERthrive is one of my favorite products I wanted to include this quote.

“My whole idea is to try to leave the world better for wherever I touch it”

-Dr. John A. A. Thomson – Inventor of SUPERthrive 1940 World’s Fair Gold Metal winner.

On the bottle you find this quote.  While reading it, I realized that that is really my basic concept.  With Bonsai, every branch wire; leaf I trim it’s with the intention of making it look better or grow in correctly.

Gardening Concepts – Bonsai Fundamentals

I have learned life lessons from the art of bonsai.  Thanks to these lessons… I had a epiphany one day while working on my bonsai trees.   Growing as a human being and learning day by day.  Can be similar to the way I observer what my bonsai need and make slight adjustments.  When things don’t play out the way I want them to in my my life I take a step back and think about what I have been doing or not doing.  This allows me to make small adjustments that make a big differences.

In any kind of horticulture the we figure out if a pest, disease, or nutrient deficient is effecting the tree negatively we must identify the problem and make the appropriate correction.   I now use this technique regularly in my everyday life.  Is very effective, when things are not going the way I want. I take a step back and figure out what I need to do to achieve the goals or overcome the obstacles I am facing.

Bonsai Progression – Japanese Elm

Japanese Elm Bonsai Air Layer

BonsBonsai Progression ai Progression – Japanese Elm Over Years

Bonsai Progression, this is kind of a funny thing because originally I styled the tree and never noticed the horrendous reverse tapper.  Just under the middle of the trunk: on the first twist of the trunk it’s thicker than the base of the trunk.  So I began chopping the trunk strategically.  That allowed for more cambium to reach the outer layers of the bark thickening the next ring of the trunk gradually this helped but because the trunk had such a severe reverse taper I had to ultimately air layer the bottom of the trunk to create thick aerial roots fused to the trunk with very thick Nebari.  This will allow for proper taper from the base to the top of the trunk.  I will be posting the final picture in about two weeks.  The air layer

Bonsai Progression
Air layering the base of my Japanese Elm Bonsai. This will thicken the trunk and create proper taper.

is very close to being complete, been going about a month now.





Current Pictures 05/20/17

Japanese Elm Bonsai


Bonsai Japanese Art of Miniature Trees

Bonsai Japanese Art of Miniature Trees

Bonsai Japanese Art.  The Japanese culture includes a lot of appreciation of nature also allot of emphasis is placed on polite towards others. That politeness and the nature appreciation reflected in its language many beautiful words cannot be translated to English.

“Yuugen” can be described as the awareness of the universe which triggers emotional responses that are too mysterious and deep for words.
“Monoaware” is “the pathos of things.” It is the awareness of the impermanence of all things and the gentle sadness and wistfulness at their passing. Bonsai reminds us of this. Life is transient, our delicate living pieces of artwork remind us of this

Bonsai Japanese Art

Japanese Elm Bonsai Tree – Best-Bonsai Tree of the Month

Japanese Elm bonsai

Japanese Elm Bonsai TreeJapanese Elm bonsai tree

Japanese Elm Bonsai Tree.  Zelkova is one of my favorite species to work with.  The Japanese Elm or Zelkova is one of the most popular bonsai tree varieties, for a number of reasons.  Japanese Elm (Zelkova Serrata) is a deciduous tree that is native to Japan, eastern China and Taiwan.  Definitely well known for its grayish bark, small green leaves as that makes it an amazing bonsai specimen to work with.  The trees strong resistance to common bonsai pests and diseases is an added plus.

Trimming  Japanese Elm Bonsai Trees

I prefer to trim Elms very vigorously. If not trimmed on a very regular basis the leaves will quickly turn into long shoots with very big leaves.  However when you trim back these shoots of new growth down to two or three set’s of leaves.  This will allow the tree to develop proper twigging and ramification.

Developing a regular watering schedule is essential to keeping and caring for bonsai.  Allowing the Elm Bonsai to dry out between watering will prevent root rot.  Root rot is the number one killer for people who are just starting bonsai.  When watering a bonsai tree full saturation is the key.  A common mistake beginners make is to not use enough water resulting in the bottom half of the soil and roots drying out.  So when you water make sure you do so fully.  A good rule of thumb water until excess water drains out of the mesh on the bottom of the pot.

Elm Bonsai Trees can be kept inside for short periods of time but need a spot that gets consistent sunlight.  Even still these are outdoor trees for the most part.  With proper trimming, a little wiring, attention; but most importantly patience your bonsai can reach a class of it’s own.  Often scene in showcases and competitions are Japanese Elms (Zelkova’s), Cork Elm, Grey English Elm.

Common Chinese Elm Bonsai Mallsai

Often Chinese Elm are the common S shaped massed produced (mallsai) Mass produced bonsai like the ones you see at Walmart and Target.  They usually are not even planted in soil, have rocks glued on to the top and die within a month max.

When you purchase a Japanese Elm Bonsai Tree from Best Bonsai your receiving the exact tree pictured.  Always packed using our method which has stood the test of time.  Our Bonsai come in the highest quality mix of our house blend bonsai soil.  Which includes Lava Rock, Akadema, Perlite, Soil, Pine Bark, and Slow Release Bonsai Fertilizer.  10-10-10

The Japanese Zelkova Bonsai may be grown outdoors in U.S.D.A plant hardiness zones 5 to 8, but will thrive in full or partial sun.  In the summer, the plant will require some protection from the sun.  Keep the tree in shade or sett up a temporary shade cover. Indoor plants need a sunny windowsill. If kept indoors, Japanese Elm Bonsai will keep its green leaves year-round. Indoor plants should be brought outdoors in late spring until fall  to soak up a little extra sun.

Japanese Elm Bonsai Tree