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Groundhog Day

The practice of creating and maintaining bonsai trees has always been something of a repetitious and tedious routine. If like me, you find solace in performing menial tasks you are in the right hobby. Bonsai trees develop slowly in response to the regular application of simple tasks like pruning and wiring. On occasions our bonsai will take a giant step forwards but most of the time progress can best be described as sedate. However over the last few months I have to say that I feel like i am doing something of a Bill Murray in Groundhog Day. Since May we have not seen a drop of rain and this has resulted in a lot of time spent watering.

I have always loved watering bonsai trees. It’s one of those regular maintenance tasks that appealed to me. On the face of it what could be simpler, pour water into the pot when it looks a bit dry right? As with all things in life there is more to watering bonsai trees than meets the eye and with about 3000 trees in pots on site right now I am certainly getting some practice. Watering that lot twice a day is costing me about three hours every single day. It’s got to the point now that I can’t go out for more than three hours at a time. Mastering the watering of bonsai trees takes years and I know very few people that have mastered this significant aspect of keeping bonsai trees in good health but that’s a whole other (long) subject. Turning over the task to an automatic system is not practical for us and so the merry-go-round continues.

In thirty years of keeping bonsai trees I can’t remember a period of warm weather like this in the UK. I now have a lot more respect for those who keep bonsai trees in warmer climates than ours or at least warmer than our’s typically is. Nobody is more obsessed with the weather than a Brit’ and we do love a moan but, make the most of this it will come to an end. On the up side, assuming your deciduous trees have any leaves left we should be in for a fantastic show of autumn colour.

Now, please excuse me I have to go water some trees.

Graham
July 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 machines

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.....

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

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