1. L

    Lorax7 Amur Maple Forest #1

    I combined 5 Amur maples into a forest planting this spring (2024). The largest tree has a uro that goes all the way through the trunk. I’ve chosen not to have that face the front. The big tree was from Flower Market. The 2 mid-sized trees came from the local club’s silent auction. The smallest...
  2. TrevorLarsen

    Trevor’s Zelkova Serrata (Japanese Elm) Forest Progression.

    I bought these trees all from Bonsaify and @Eric Schrader. They came all barefoot and I planted them in spring 2024. I planted them in an Anderson Flat to grow out. I was happy with the layout, but I am sure I’ll change it once I get it in a bonsai pot.
  3. Apex37

    American Sweetgum Forest

    This is my first ever forest planting. I ordered these off eBay and was worried because it took 8 days to arrive. They came to me bare-rooted wrapped in damp paper towels in plastic bags. Surprisingly all were still moist and all of them just pushing buds. This is certainly my last repot of the...
  4. A

    Spruce Forest Advice

    I have a collection of small spruce trees I collect as saplings from Talkeetna, AK a couple years ago. I would love to turn some/all of these into a forest. I’m not entirely sure what size pot/ type of pot I should get for them. Any advice from anyone out there who has done this before would be...
  5. czaczaja

    Sourcing material from forest

    Looking for peoples opinions on sourcing material from forest. Either by digging up seedlings or air layering mature trees. I live close to several forests and have an opportunity to get Oak, Ash, Pine, Maple, Yew and many other local species. I'm curious as to what people think of the 'ethics'...
  6. K

    Prep for first show

    Hi all, Next weekend I have the opportunity to enter my first show as part of my local club. I have prepped my Chinese elm forest with moss the best I could with moss pulled from a full sun area and put on as a patchwork of smaller sheets. I was wondering however if anyone had tips or...
  7. B

    WTB Saburo Kato's Forest, Rock Planting, & Ezo Spruce Bonsai Book

    Looking for a used copy that is collecting dust! If that is possible with this book! Thanks!
  8. TurtleSquisher

    Until the DAWN of time

    Haha hi friends~ These are my beautiful Dawns I just received about 2 days ago and I am in love. They definitely need lots of clean-up and work done to them, but the potential of these guys really blows me away. Let me know if you have any type of feedback please, I encourage it. Here are my...
  9. Dragon60

    Sapling division: Dragonmaster's Japanese Okame Cherry forest

    From these Okame cherry trees/cuttings I will put together a small forest. The pot in the middle has very recent cuttings which will hopefully take root. On the left is an appr. 3 year old tree. On the right is a rooted sapling from a cutting - about 10 months old.
  10. MrWunderful

    Sapling Division: MrWunderful’s Zelkova Forest

    I started these around 17’ from seed, in the ground. This group was the left over garbage that didnt make the ground growing cut after another year. Since I didnt care that much, I figured I would be aggressive on the roots and try something I read about but didnt see often- using hardware...
  11. JoeR


    Just want to share my latest project, a cement forest pot I made for some zelkova and trident seedlings I had. Zelkova were grown from seed started in maybe 2016/2017, trained independently and then assembled last spring. Tridents came from plantcitybonsai in 2016, and I was told they were 5-7...
  12. Gottibonsai

    Fagus forest design sketch

    Hi guys, today I want to share you my beech bonsai forest project. Now it is not a forest at all, just some fagus tree that I let in that pot to grow during the last year. From the forest I copied on my drawing a medium size tree on the left and two of the tree major trees from the actual...
  13. HENDO

    Roots pushing out of slab edges - BC forest

    Hey All, For the past few weeks the edges of the muck/soil have been lifting up on my Bald Cypress planting, especially when it dries up a bit. I peeked underneath and there are roots growing out the sides, and of course the drainage holes as well. Is there anything that can be done to mitigate...
  14. Rivka

    I'm the New Caretaker for an Old Larch Grove, looking for insight.

    Today I became the 3rd caretaker for an old larch grove that is apparently 60+ years old. It has been owned by two members of my local Bonsai Society, the last of which for 20 years. I would love to learn all I can about larches, I have always loved them as landscape trees, as well as anything...
  15. Captain.Bonsai

    Forest Pot Dimension Guidelines?

    What curriculum do you use to choose a forest pot? Specifically, is there a standard ratio for pot-dimensions to tree-size (height and caliper)? Other variables I’ve been considering are: number of trees, variety of tree size, preference for negative space, height of tallest vs shortest tree...
  16. D

    First forest, first post. Help?

    Hey Bnut, longtime lurker, first time posting. I've only been growing bonsai for a short time, maybe 3 or 4 years. Never attended a single meeting, never belonged to a club, never knew another person who seriously practiced bonsai. My venture thus far has been autodidactic, so cut me some slack...
  17. HENDO

    Is this tree placement bad?

    Hi All, Yesterday I made my second bald cypress forest and had it all planned out nice, but after wiring I'm not 100% sure about the tree placement. The primary/secondary up front almost aligned, and then 3 smaller tress in the back which at an off-side angle are almost all aligned as well...
  18. Fishtank307

    Beech forest

    Yesterday I made this forest of 15 European beech saplings. I'm pretty pleased with the result so far, still needs some guy wires here and there. Also, the trunks were almost all the same thickness. I'll probably add a few seedlings when I repot it and maybe take out 2 or 3 'bigger' trees...
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    Now an elm forest
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    Random elms and a gifted cheap pot.
  21. Forrestford

    Big, too little forest

    Just wanted to have a place to put my project so I could get tips/advice and to share my ficus too little forest. The end goal is a crazy jungle with lots of aerial roots and roots over rocks. I went to a nursery and found these ficus too little stock at 2.99 each. Nothing too special little...
  22. Fishtank307

    I've always wanted a larch

    So today I bought nine... Group planting of Japanese larches! Plan is to plant them on a slab next spring. Little pinecones! This is going to look lovely in Fall!
  23. Jacob Jaimes

    Jade Forest

    Nothing extravagant but here is a Jade forest I've created from a clearanced bunch purchased from Wally World. I let the individual plants dry like cuttings & wired them down in a cedar box crafted with my dad. :D
  24. Michael P

    Slab planting problems

    I love forests and single trees on slabs, but have never had much success with this style. I've searched the forum, but can't find the information I need. There are two major problems: 1. My climate is very hot and dry in the summer (Dallas, Texas). The soil dries very quickly, is very hard...
  25. gallina1594

    Jade Forest

    I was given a 10 lb bag of Jade cuttings a year ago. I sorted through the bag to find the most unique branches, and branches that had matured to "bark". I propagated the cuttings in cactus soil for 3-4 months. I have them set in their positions, and their roots are stable! Next step, getting...
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