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Spring must be on its way

I have had an eventful year so far in 2018 with various, largely self-induced, health issues. Having spent over a month laying on my back I had some rare time to contemplate what goes on around here. It’s almost impossible to conceive that I have been full time employed in bonsai now for over fifteen years and our little business now has four full time staff. Some might say we were lucky but luck had absolutely nothing to do with it, every single day has been a hard grind for all of us. This year my daughter Sarah is getting married and will be twenty five years of age (I think). The last time I had a holiday was before she was born. We lost Sarah's mum when she was young and Catherine stepped into the void. We have been married for over twenty years now and never did get either a honeymoon or a holiday, in fact Catherine rarely even gets a weekend. Bonsai is a very hard task master for sure.

Having been laid up for so long I was very concerned how we were going to cope, what with this being our busiest time of year. Thankfully I needn’t have worried, everyone has been amazing and really stepped up. So far this year we have seen our busiest period ever and we have managed, just about, to keep pace with your orders, sorry if you did have to wait a few days. I have some great staff and they bust their humps every day and I have nothing but admiration for their commitment, thanks guys.

Now, just as I got myself fit and ready to go again my efforts have been thwarted by half a foot of snow outside, but the days are drawing out and so spring must be on its way. Everyone in bonsai gets excited at this time of year and can’t wait to get to work. However, remember that in the UK spring can be elusive and don’t just assume that because we get a nice day it must be summer, that’s a long way off. Do pace yourselves when it comes to re-potting bonsai and the like.

I have been running around all over the place buying new tree stock of late and much of what I committed to last year is starting to arrive. In the next few weeks we have over £75,000 of bonsai and yamadori arriving and expect double that figure before the year is up. If you are looking to invest in some special plants this year just wait and see what i have coming, it’ll be good! It’s getting harder every year to find great bonsai, especially at good prices, nobody wants to give up their stock lightly but this year is looking very good so far.

So, I’m back on my feet. Our guys are now better than ever and we have some great stuff in the pipeline. The snow should be gone by the weekend and spring is just over the hill. The new bonsai season is full of promise and surely that’s what it’s all about for us lovers of little trees. And to top it all off a new motorcycling season is just about to unfurl. Life is good!

Graham
March 2018

Everything you ever wanted to know about re-potting bonsai trees....

Repotting bonsaiRe-potting is probably the single most important and significant technique involved in the successful cultivation of bonsai trees. Tragically it is also the most misunderstood and poorly executed. More ignorance and bad information exists regarding re-potting than any other bonsai technique and this leads to massive problems and failures of bonsai trees everywhere. Re-potting is a simple, safe and very basic horticultural practice that has been used for generations in plant nurseries across the world. Mastering the understanding of why we need to re-pot and also how to complete the task successfully will transform your whole experience with bonsai trees.Read more

Everything you ever wanted to know about choosing bonsai soil and more....

The beauty of a bonsai tree comes from within as a result of exemplary horticultural practice and respect for the tree. We need to respect the fact that trees live by a different time clock to us. An 80 year old tree is just getting started but for most of us it’s almost over at that age.

Since the first day I began keeping bonsai I have had a fanatical fascination with the relationship between a plant and its soil. Understanding how a tree interacts with its growing media, and applying that knowledge wisely is the secret to creating beautiful emotive bonsai trees that touch our soul.
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Kaizen Bonsai Soil Mixes

Our unique soil mixes have become, by far, the most popular growing media within UK bonsai. Graham has spent thirty years tweaking and refining these mixes to ensure they produce great results here in the UK. Select the correct mix for your particular tree and it’s potting situation and coupled with our unique Green Dream fertilisers you can expect to see the best bonsai development you have ever enjoyed. With our soil mixes there is no guess work, no serving and no mixing, use everything in the bag, just as we send it too you and stand back ready to enjoy great healthy bonsai trees.

Premium Bonsai Compost - Shohin Soil Mix

Premium Bonsai Compost - Shohin Soil Mix  
  • Premium Bonsai Compost Shohin - New Improved Formula
  • Soil Mix for Bonsai trees growing in small pots
  • Meticulously hand graded for maximum performance
  • Retains it's structure for years on end
  • 100% frost proof
  • Available in 7L and 14L

Premium Bonsai Compost No1

Premium Bonsai Compost No1  
  • Premium Bonsai Compost No1. NEW FOR 2017
  • New Improved formula less fines and improved AFP
  • Kaizen Bonsai No1 Soil Mix - High Moisture Retention
  • Perfect for broadleaf deciduous and indoor bonsai trees
  • Available in 7L, 14L and 50L

Premium Bonsai Compost No2

Premium Bonsai Compost No2  
  • Premium Bonsai Compost No2 - NEW FOR 2017
  • New Improved Formula, less fines and improved AFP
  • Good moisture retention general purpose mix
  • Perfect for broadleaf deciduous and indoor bonsai trees and junipers
  • Available in 7L, 14L and 50L

Premium Bonsai Compost No3

Premium Bonsai Compost No3  
  • Premium Bonsai Compost No3 - NEW FOR 2017
  • New Improved Formula, less fines and improved AFP
  • Coarse soil mix with less than 1% dust and fines by volume>
  • Kaizen Bonsai No3 Soil Mix - Optimum drainage mix
  • Available in 7L, 14L and 50L

Green Dream™ Soil Source Natural Micro-Biological Soil Additive

Green Dream™ Soil Source Natural Micro-Biological Soil Additive  
  • Green Dream™ Soil Source Micro-Biological Soil Additive
  • A powerful soil ameliorant that helps plants to establish quickly
  • Promotes rapid healing and development of plant roots after repotting
  • Protects against pathogenic root disease ingress after repotting
  • Improves water uptake and helps release nutrients from soil
  • Dramatically improves pest and disease resistance
  • Mix with soil at repotting time
  • Encourages beneficial microbial activity within all planting media
  • 1Kg, 2.5Kg and 7.5Kg pack options
  • BUY 2 DEAL - Buy two 7.5Kg buckets for only £48

Bonsai Tools - Best UK Prices from Kaizen Bonsai

Here at Kaizen Bonsai we do our absolute utmost to bring you the best value we can. Bonsai tools are a big expense for any hobbyist and there are a bewildering array of choices. Over the years there have been some significant changes in the manufacture and supply chain for these products and a great many so called ‘brands’ are just badge engineering with fancy packages. Graham bought his first branch cutter in 1992 and it cost £30.00 today that same tool will cost you £25.95. We have managed to do that because we have cut the importers, wholesalers and middlemen out of the equation and buy directly from the factory door. All of our Superior Stainless Steel and Superior Black Carbon Steel bonsai tools are hand made using traditional techniques and the very finest Japanese steels. We offer these directly to you at genuine wholesale prices + VAT. The price is low because we buy direct and not because the quality is inferior. Used correctly these bonsai tools are a fantastic investment and, with correct maintenance, will last for decades. And if there were not enough we offer even better prices for multiple buys with our Superior Quality Bonsai Tool Kits.


Bonsai Tool Kit - 6 Piece Set of Large Black Carbon Steel Tools

Bonsai Tool Kit - 6 Piece Set of Large Black Carbon Steel Tools  
  • This kit includes the larger versions of our black carbon steel bonsai tools
  • No padding & no junk you don't need just great tools at a discounted price
  • 6 Piece large black carbon steel bonsai tools kit
  • Tool roll is included free of charge (colour may vary)

Bonsai Tool Kit - 6 Piece Set of Small Black Carbon Steel Tools

Bonsai Tool Kit - 6 Piece Set of Small Black Carbon Steel Tools  
  • This kit includes the smaller versions of our black carbon steel bonsai tools
  • No padding & no junk you don't need just great tools at a discounted price
  • 6 Piece - Small black carbon steel bonsai tools kit
  • Tool roll is included free of charge (colour may vary)

Bonsai Tool Kit - 11 Piece Set of Black Carbon Steel Tools

Bonsai Tool Kit - 11 Piece Set of Black Carbon Steel Tools  
  • This kit includes the whole range of our Superior black carbon steel bonsai tools
  • 11 Piece black carbon steel bonsai tools kit
  • No padding & no junk you don't need just great tools at a discounted price
  • Tool roll is included free of charge (colour may vary)

Bonsai Tool Kit - 6 Piece Set of Large Stainless Steel Tools

Bonsai Tool Kit - 6 Piece Set of Large Stainless Steel Tools  
  • This kit includes the larger versions of our superb stainless steel bonsai tools
  • No padding & no junk you don't need just great tools at a discounted price
  • 6 piece large stainless steel bonsai tools kit
  • Tool roll is included free of charge (colour may vary)

Bonsai Tool Kit - 11 Piece Set of Stainless Steel Tools

Bonsai Tool Kit - 11 Piece Set of Stainless Steel Tools  
  • This kit includes the whole range of our superb stainless steel bonsai tools
  • 11 Piece Stainless Steel Tool kit
  • No padding & no junk you don't need just great tools at a discounted price
  • Tool roll is included free of charge (colour may vary)

Bonsai Tool Kit - 6 Piece Set of Small Stainless Steel Tools

Bonsai Tool Kit - 6 Piece Set of Small Stainless Steel Tools  
  • This kit includes the smaller versions of our stainless steel bonsai tools
  • No padding & no junk you don't need just great tools at a discounted price
  • 6 piece small stainless steel bonsai tools kit
  • Tool roll is included free of charge (colour may vary)

Terrier Bonsai Wood Carving Tools

 The Little Terrier

Our Terrier range of wood carving tools have set the standard worldwide for freehand power wood carving cutters. Our range includes The TerrierThe Little Terrier and the Little Terrier DH.

These amazing tools are in the hands of some of the worlds best wood carvers, wood turners, chainsaw carvers, restorers and re-creators of historic timber work and furniture not to mention some of the best known bonsai artists like Kevin Willson. Whether you have a die grinder, Dremel or hobby tool there is a Terrier to suit.If you need to carve wood of ANY description this is THE tool you need.

We manufacture this tool right here in the UK and only sell them directly to our customers. Graham has spent more than 20 years developing and refining these tools, they are THE most efficient easy to use effective and safe tools of their kind available anywhere on planet earth.


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Our recommendations for power wood carving machines for bonsai work

There is a bewildering choice of power tools out there for bonsai work. Graham has spent over 25 years carving trees to create bonsai. In that time we have used just about every combination of machines and cutters available. Finally we have settled on what we believe to be the very best tools available both in terms of value and also dependability…..

Makita GD0600 Professional Die Grinder

  • THE go to tool for high speed wood carving of bonsaiMakita GD0600 Professional die grinder
  • The best all round die grinder £ for £ available anywhere
  • Powerful 25,000rpm 400w motor
  • Powerful enough to remove vast quantities of timber at speed when required
  • Operates without vibration and does not overheat, even after prolonged use
  • Full duty cycle. Designed to run 8 hours a day every day

GMC Power Carving Rotary Multi-Tool

  • THE best small power tool for carving work in bonsaiGMC Power Carving rotary Multi Tool
  • The best all round hobby tool £ for £ available anywhere
  • Powerful 135w motor 15-35,000RPM
  • Powerful enough to remove vast quantities of timber at speed using our Little Terrier DH
  • Operates without vibration and does not overheat, even after prolonged use
  • Used in our workshops every day, we have proven these little machineslimited time offer

SPECIAL OFFER WAS £39 NOW £33

Saburrtooth Wood Carving Burrs - Available from UK stock

Saburrtooth® rotary tools feature long-lasting, razor-sharp carbide cutting teeth arranged into a unique open pattern to resist loading while providing rapid stock removal and smoother finishes. Rotary tools are available in many shapes, sizes and textures to suit your carving, grinding, cutting and machining needs. These carbide coated tools are prefect for carving large bonsai trees as well as a host of DIY projects, industrial and artistic uses. Saburrtooth wheels cut just about any material.

Kaizen Bonsai carry a large stock of Saburrtooth carving tools in a range of fitments and abrasive grades including.....

Customer Testimonials

"I shall be returning to you folks for sure, exemplary customer service, thank you!" G.D U.K.

"Thank you very much for my order, tools are amazing and your service fast and serious! I recommend you and i will do new order in future!" G.C France.

"Many thanks for my order today. Well packed and in brilliant condition.the Crab Apple is superb. A lot of online companies could learn from you." R. U.K