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Specialists in Bonsai Trees, Care and Information - Kaizen Bonsai

Phew! What a scorcher

I think it’s safe to say our amazing British summer has now come to an end but WHAT a belter it was. In thirty years of cultivating bonsai trees 2018 was the best summer I have seen. Bonsai trees only get their energy from the sun and so seeing plenty of it in summer is vitally important and is in no way guaranteed here in Blighty. Having had such a beautiful season, I would hope your bonsai trees are all looking spectacular, healthy and significantly better developed than they were a few months ago.

However, just because the sun was shining does not guarantee a successful outcome for bonsai. Making the most of the weather does involve some action on our part to maximise our plants response and enable them to take full advantage of the opportunity. Just a splash of water, some hit and miss fertilising and adhering to our standard pruning techniques just won’t get the job done, certainly in any meaningful way. Everything we do with bonsai is weather driven and failing to adjust means failure to benefit. This summer we have modified everything we might normally do around the nursery from how we water to how we prune and the timing of regular maintenance tasks like pruning and re-potting. This beautiful summer has allowed us to do amazing things with our bonsai and raw material alike. In some instances, we have literally produced two years development in one. I am so envious of folk who enjoy that sort of summer every year.

On the other hand, the seemingly relentless hot dry weather did cause some significant problems for some. Watering was pretty much relentless and for those that can only get out once a day there were problems. Failure to adapt early enough caused some serious problems on occasions. Only the most dedicated bonsai folk came through the summer completely unscathed. Sunshine can be harsh and very destructive and us northern dwelling island folk are certainly not used to dealing with it.

Now the summer has gone and the nights are long it’s time to begin adapting once again. Making the most of winter and getting the best from our bonsai means a little time spent and some trouble taken and this WILL pay dividends in the spring. Over the years we have figured out a few basic rules, tricks and tips for overwintering bonsai in the UK. Many of those are detailed in our Guide to Overwatering Outdoor Bonsai.

What is clear from 2018 is that owning bonsai trees is a serious commitment. In order to get the best reward from owning our bonsai trees we need dedication and a willingness to do what it takes. For sure I am fed up with watering but now, seeing the garden take on its winter array I am very satisfied with what our efforts have produced over the best bonsai summer for thirty years. I guess we all learned a great deal, one way or another, and lets hope we get lots more chances to put that valuable experience into practice in future seasons.

Graham
November 2018

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Everything you ever wanted to know about overwintering outdoor bonsai....

overwintering bonsaiOur article will give you the basics of overwintering cold hardy bonsai trees in the northern hemisphere. From experience overwintering bonsai in the UK, water is going to be your main enemy. Excess water will cause problems upon freezing. Keeping the root ball a little on the dry side over winter will benefit your tree no end.

More general pointers are covered in our article and will to get you on track regarding fertiliser, fungal problems, overhead cover, heating and lighting.

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Customer Testimonials

"Received my bonsai from you today that I only ordered yesterday & I had to message you to say thanks. Absolutely stunned by what you’ve sent me. I paid £17.50 last time ordered a tree from ******** being new to bonsai and seeing this I didn’t think you could get something of this quality for the price!" S.H - UK

"Just a quick note to say order arrived today. Impressive packaging ensured all ok. Very pleased with tree, etc. Many thanks." A.B - U.K

"Hi Graham, The Yamadori Portuguese Oak arrived today at lunchtime. Not a twig out of place! Absolutely magnificent!" B.J - U.K

"Hi Kaizen, Cork Bark Oak arrived safe and sound, a lovely tree professionally packed as always. Once again you’ve shown how you are the best, and for someone like me who has only been involved with Bonsai for three years or so, Kaizen has enabled me to avoid many of the pitfalls which catch out many beginners. Sincere thanks and best wishes to you all." N.B - U.K

"Hi, just wanted to say a big thank you For your fantastic service, I’ve bought a few quality pots recently and the service is excellent, will be shopping again in spring ,thanks" D.M - U.K

"Hi Graham & Catherine, The tree arrived safely and really excellent packing don't how you do it . The tree looks fantastic but then so has every purchase from you guy's I really enjoy what you offer to a us bonsai nut's. Big thanks to all the team." N.G - U.K

"Hi Kaizen. Received another tree today from you (in its bomb proof packaging) I'm well pleased, its brill! Thanks a lot." B.P - U.K

"Just a quick one to let you know that the pallet of my trees turned up safe and sound. Very well packed as always, and as I have come to expect the trees are even better than the photos." S.C - U.K

Bonsai Pots

No Bonsai tree can be entirely complete without a bonsai pot. A bonsai pot completes the magical appearance of our little trees. There are almost as many bonsai pot designs as there are bonsai trees.

Kaizen Bonsai offer a massive selection of bonsai pots suitable for the cultivation and presentation of bonsai trees. From plastic nursery pots suitable for the development of raw material into bonsai right through to beautiful hand crafted pots and even the occasional antique pot too. All of our bonsai pots are available from stock but please be aware that some items have very limited availability. Our bonsai pot selection changes constantly with new items added almost every week.

6-8 inch Glazed Bonsai Pots Extra Large Bonsai Pots

Whether you need a little 6-8inch glazed bonsai pot for shohin and indoor bonsai or you are looking for a monster bath tub sized extra large bonsai pot.

Special handmade and used bonsai pots clearance

We even carry lots of absolutely unique special handmade and used bonsai pots.

When it comes to bonsai pots Kaizen Bonsai have a massive range, all from our own stock for fast safe delivery. You can trust us to get your pot delivered safely and quickly. REMEMBER MANY LINES HAVE LIMITED AVAILABILITY AND SELL FAST, DON’T WAIT UNTIL SPRING AND RISK LOSING WHAT YOU NEED!

Semi cascade style plant pot Large bonsai nursery pots Handmade High Quality Decorated Small Bonsai Pot Blue Glazed Oval Bonsai Pot - 12 inch Unglazed deep round bonsai pot

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.

All our tool kits have no padding & no junk you don't need just great tools at a discounted price!

A Tool roll is included free of charge on kits shown below (colour may vary)

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
  • 6 Piece large black carbon steel bonsai tools kit

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

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

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
  • 6 piece large stainless steel bonsai tools kit

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
  • 6 Piece - Small black carbon steel bonsai tools kit

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
  • 6 piece small stainless steel bonsai tools kit

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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