Bonsai Wire


A crucial part of training Bonsai is the wire. Although wire use in the shaping of the tree is fairly recent, compared to the age fo the art itself. Today it has become an inseparable part of the art of Bonsai.


We are happy to offer anodized aluminum wire in various thicknesses. 


Here are some tip s when choosing your wire thickness. 

  • 1mm - Best for young branches, delicate work. This wire is not strong enough to wire trunks or thick branches, but perfect to start the training process on thinner branches. This wire comes in 17-foot rolls.

1mm Anodized Aluminum Wire

  • 2mm - Probably your best all-rounder. This thickness is great for young trunks, just starting their training process, as in our baby collection or more established branches in Young and Mature Bonsai. This wire comes in 10-foot rolls.

2mm-Anodized Aluminum Bonsai Wire

  • 3mm - Although there are thicker gauges, we would say that if you can't train it with 3mm wire, you probably need a trunk bender tool. This wire is best for training trunks on our Young Bonsai collections and is a must in any Bonsai enthusiast's arsenal. This wire comes in 10-foot rolls. 

3mm -Anodized Aluminum Bonsai Wire

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 15 reviews
Heidi Taillefer (Beaconsfield, CA)
Bonsai wire

The wire is perfect

Mary Ann Mackay (Pickering, CA)
Fast delivery

My order was processed and expedited quickly. The delivery service was also excellent and the bonsai was delivered and packed with great care. My one star taken off was for the slow responses I received to a couple of emails for information about the product. (One in which I'm still waiting for... ) But it was close to Christmas so I can understand that they had been perhaps too busy.

Susan Field (Midland, CA)


Michael Mroczek (Sarnia, CA)
Very nice boxwood

Arrived promptly and in great condition.

Christina Tsung (Scarborough, CA)
Jade tree starter kit

The bonsai wire came with the starter kit. It’s handy to have all needed to start my very first bonsai. However, it would be very helpful if it came with some instructions.

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