The Complete Guide to Super-Mini Bonsai

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This addiction to all things tiny isn’t going away.  What started as a fad, is now a full on purposeful way of life.  People love miniature gardens, fairy gardens in containers of all kinds, and tiny landscapes.


What better way to evoke landscapes in tiny scale than with the plants and even trees that give the viewer the feeling of being right in a full size garden or forest?

Growing your own tiny bonsai to plant in thimble sized containers is a fascinating journey of discovery – there are so many options for the plants, including some of my favorite kinds, succulents.


Tiny bonsai have a set of challenges that other bigger plants don’t; the teaspoon of soil that they grow in will dry out a lot quicker.  The shadow of the gardener is the only solution to this high maintenance way of growing.

This book by Terutoshi Iwai shows you step by step how to craft super-mini bonsai, from selection of the plants that work best for this form of bonsai, to the tools and gardening techniques you’ll need to know.

The directions are simple and easy to follow, and I’ll bet you’ll want to run outside right now and get started.

I have few ideas – I can’t wait to see where it goes.