Introduction to Bonsai - 1 HR Zoom Workshop


Welcome to our one-hour introduction to Bonsai workshop series. 

 This is a live workshop, during which all the below topics will be covered with live demonstrations. Following the workshop, we will answer any questions you may have regarding any of the topics covered or any other Bonsai-related questions. 

Workshops will be held on the following dates June 8, and July 6 (2022) at 5:30 pm EST and again at 5:30 pm PST.


Workshop details:

  • Introduction to Bonsai
  • Indoor vs Outdoor Species
  • Potting your Bonsai
  • Pruning techniques
  • Wiring & Shaping
  • Watering
  • General Care
  • Live Q&A


Workshops will run up to 30 minutes after scheduled times if needed, to allow for everyone to ask questions.

Once purchased, you will be sent a zoom link for the following weeks' session. 

Soil (Substrate)

Bonsai soils are usually a mixture of organic potting compost (Pine Bark or Forest Floor), Akadamapumice, lava rock in varying amounts. 

It is important for the soil have good water retention while also draining well, along with very good aeration. The quality of the soil directly affects the health, size and growth of your tree. One of the worst things you can do to your tree is plant it in regular garden soil. Garden soil hardens when it drys and can often lead to a disadvantage when growing a Bonsai. 

Soil mixtures can be purchased here, but given their weight and cost of shipping, you can also easily make your own. 


Depending on the type of Bonsai you're growing, here are the general formulas for successful mixtures. 

Deciduous Tree (Leafy and looses leafs in the fall)

50% Akadama

20% Pumice

20% Lava Rock

10% Potting Compost


Coniferous Tree (Evergreen like Juniper, Cedar)

1/3 Akadama

1/3 Pumice

1/3 Lava Rock


If you are not able to check on your Bonsai's moisture levels daily, add more Akadama to the mix. 

Given how these soils erode over time, repotting every 2-3 years is required. 


Here are some suitable replacements if you cannot find the recommended types of soil.

  • Akadama - fine fired or baked clays, some even recommend cat litter as a substitute. 
  • Pumice - fine crushed aggregates, expanded shale and vermiculite.
  • Lava Rock - This can be replaced with fine gravel or you can also look into purchasing a larger lava rock at a hardware or gardening centre and crushing it. 



One of the best and easiest ways to fertilize your Bonsai, is to add a liquid fertilizer mix when water your Bonsai's once a month during the spring/summer. If your Bonsai looses leaves in the winter there is no need to fertilize it then. If you have a coniferous tree, fertilizing the tree once in the beginning of winter and once in the middle of winter should be sufficient.


Customer Reviews

Based on 3 reviews
Ann Jones (Montreal, CA)
Good introduction

It was a very good introduction to know the basics of growing and taking care of a bonsai.

Daniela Fiumara (Nobleton, CA)
Couldn't be more satisfied

The trees I've been purchasing are of great quality, healthy and strong. The packaging is perfect, not a bit of soil spilled in the box and trees were well protected and intact.
The introductory seminar was very helpful and I hope there will be more to come!

Guylaine Branchaud (Candiac, CA)
Very informative


Good information, instructive. Made me realize where I was making huge mistakes.

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