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Group Bonsai Class held at the Miami Beach Botanical Garden.

During our Miami Bonsai Group classes we teach the art of bonsai at the Miami Beach Botanical Gardens. Jason Moorehead teaches an eager to learn bunch of people intricate details about starting their very own bonsai.

During these times when we understand you probably can’t make it to a class. Our Online lessons allow experts and beginner bonsai enthusiasts to both learn from the comfort of their own own home. While still receiving detailed tutorials on bonsai techniques and guides on how to care for bonsai trees.

Difficulty Level – Beginner

Care Guides for Bonsai Trees

Care Guides For Bonsai Trees – Various Species

Every bonsai tree is not the same. Each tree requires different care. Junipers need full sun while Brazilian Rain Trees thrive in humid shade with indirect sunlight. Every species of bonsai has it’s specific care.

Bonsai Group Miami offer’s detailed care guides for many varieties of bonsai trees. We detail the differences between Evergreen and Deciduous Trees. Explain how to care for commonly used bonsai trees such as Chinese Elm, as well as more rare varieties like Monkey Thorn Acacia, or Pomegranate.

So when people ask you…

What kind of tree is a bonsai?”

A bonsai can be made from any type of tree. Bonsai means “tree in a pot”Tiger Bark Ficus Bonsai Tree

“What species of tree is used for bonsai?”

Bonsai Translates to The Art of potted tree. That means any tree can be trained to be a bonsai. It’s very important to recognize certain species are more suitable for Selection of bonsai type

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How to Pot a Bonsai Tree

Transplanting and How to Pot a Bonsai Tree

Guide on How To Transplant a Bonsai Tree

Step by step guide on transplanting a Chinese Elm Bonsai Tree into a ceramic pot. We will be using this 6″ black glazed pot with drainage holes. Always make sure you have free draining high quality bonsai soil when re-potting a bonsai tree.

Secure The Drainage Mesh in Place

re-potting a bonsai tree

Cut two small pieces of plastic mesh to cover the drainage holes. This will prevent the soil from falling out but allow water to drain freely. Secure the mesh in place with a 0.5 mm wire.

Place a Thin Layer of Soil in The Pot – The Drainage Layer

Place a thin layer of lava rock on the bottom of the pot to create the drainage layer.

Transplanting and How to Pot a Bonsai Tree

Feed the wire through the drainage screen and butterfly it on the bottom to secure it in place.

pot a bonsai tree

Position The Tree Centered in The Pot

Pot a Bonsai Tree Chinese Elm in 6 Inch Pot
  • Place the bonsai tree in the new pot
  • Make sure to center the tree properly or position for desired style
  • Secure base of trunk with wire if necessary

Fill Pot With High Quality Bonsai Soil

Fill pot with soil and pack it down. Use a chopstick to work the new soil into the roots.

Make Sure To Water The Newly Planted Bonsai Tree Thoroughly To Ensure the New Soil is Properly Saturated With Water

Zen Garden Bonsai Tree Workshop and Distribution Center

Creating a Zen Garden / Bonsai Display From a Dirty Sandlot

Building a zen garden sets the vibe for each location Best Bonsai designs to feature it’s trees. Our Bonsai studios are in Miami, Dade and Broward County. Our two locations provide high quality bonsai services, Zen Style Landscaping, Bonsai Lessons and Bonsai Care. Join our Bonsai Association, we meet on the 3rd Saturday of every month (on hold due to the quarantine)



Bonsai Tree Workshop and Distribution Center

Creating a Zen Garden / Bonsai Display From a Dirty Sandlot

First we start by pulling all weeds and clearing debris from the area. It is very important to completely clean the section out and evenly rake the ground. I am preparing here to have the 3 cubic yards of white pea rock which is getting delivered in the next few hours.

Engraved Stepping Stones

The stepping stones come unpainted so we will tape off the engraved letters in the middle of the stones. This will accent the letters.

After covering our Japanese characters with tape we will be painting with outdoor spray paint. The black color of the stepper stones on the white rocks will really pop. This really gives character to our design. The shelves and Bonsai are the feature and the stepping stones are the accent.

Creating a Japanes Garden

Spreading The White Rocks Evenly Across The Ground

Next I carefully raked the new white rocks across the floor.

I then built and assembled our new locking gate for the fence. We will paint it to match the colors of our Japanese Bonsai Garden. This Minimalist sleek clean look is perfect for bonsai.

Bonsai studios in Miami, Dade and Broward County. Our two locations provide high quality bonsai services, Zen Style Landscaping, Bonsai Lessons and Bonsai Care. Join our Bonsai Association, we meet on the 3rd Saturday of every month (on hold due to the quarantine)

Bonsai Care Guide

Bonsai Care Guide and General Maintenance of Bonsai Trees

Bonsai Trees come in different species, styles, ages etc.. Depending on what agricultural zone you reside, different techniques used care will vary. Bellow you can find a link to a species specific care guide which will provide detailed species focused bonsai care guides for care instructions on specific species of trees commonly used in the art of bonsai.

All bonsai need a regular water schedule, this is never a hard rule. You want to find your trees specific time frame. To often is not favorable and lack of water will kill the tree. So like so many areas of bonsai we find that that perfect balance is the key. If the species of tree gets more water in it’s natural habitat then that pattern should followed by it’s bonsai version. We want to let the soil dry out completely but as soon as it does water it. Never let the soil stay dry… ESPECIALLY IN DIRECT SUNLIGHT!!! Soil quality is very important something absorbent as well as free draining is ideal for bonsai training.

Commonly used substrates are Lava Rock Mixes, Akadama, and Turface. I find that for starting cuttings, producing vegetative grown, and trying to get as much growth in the root system as fast as possible potting soil works better.

Good Bonsai Practices

15 Minutes a Day 365 days and 15 minutes.

Basic Bonsai Care Guide

  1. Daily Check Water Level

    Check water level and develop a watering schedule where you let the soil dry all the way out but never stay dry. Tiger Bark Ficus Bonsai Care Guide

  2. Use The Best Quality Bonsai Soil Necessary – When To Change Bonsai Soil?

    Bonsai soil that is very free draining yet absorbent is the choice of most bonsai practitioners. These soils encourage 02 exchange, have ideal drainage and are porous enough to absorb water. Lava Rock Soil Mixes, Akadama, Turface, are all great substrates for bonsai mediums. When Changing the soil don’t do this on a calendar but watch for loss of percolation when you water the bonsai. This is a sure sign of loss of Oxygen Exchange. If the water puddles up on top when you water the tree you know it has lost percolation and it is time to replace the soil. The water should quickly drain right down.

Bonsai Care Guide
Bonsai Forest – 3 Tree Tiger Bark Ficus Group Planting Penjing Style Arrangement

If your trying to get a basic understanding about this living art, or a general guide to explain the basics of caring for bonsai trees – Without getting into species specific details this is ideal resource. For Care Guides on Different Bonsai species, care guides specific to each type of Bonsai Trees. See our Care Guides For Specific Species of Bonsai Trees

Bonsai Styles

Bonsai Styles

There are many specific styles of bonsai trees, in order to practice bonsai it is crucial to be familiar with a variety bonsai.

bonsai styles

Root Over Rock Bonsai Tree

This Japanese Holly is a great example of how the style, species and composition come together to create amazing bonsai art The tight foliage pads, root over rock style, and bright green moss complement each other just right.


Banyan Style Aerial Root Bonsai

This Tiger Bark Ficus is a perfect example of what bonsai is all about: recreating the trees appearance in it’s natural habitat. The tree allows for tons of creativity. Currently we will be thickening the foliage pads and developing good deciduous branch structure.

Flowering Bonsai Style

Flowering and Fruiting Bonsai

Bonsai with miniature flowers and Fruit are becoming very popular among bonsai practitioners. This Powder Puff Bonsai is a common species of tree used for bonsai and well known for it’s stunning flowers.

Windswept Bonsai Style

Windswept Bonsai Style

Windswept is a very unique style. When done correctly it looks like a tree blowing in the wind. Clasping to life, barely hanging on to the side of a mountain.

Serissa Forest Bonsai Style

3 Tree Group Planting – Serissa Forest Bonsai Planted in premium lava rock bonsai soil in low profile forest pot