Improvement since I am with Mirai

hi there,

i am doing Bonsai for a few years with on and off times over the lats past 9 Years.
Since last November I am with Mirai watch almost all the contents in the library and started all over.
All my trees are still in development or in development again. They are all rather small shohin size or slightly bigger.

So I thought I show you some results.

Number one is my first tree I bought 8 years ago a Juniper.
It was almost dead a few times and i was testing out many things with it… pure tree :disappointed_relieved:
It had some health issue last spring it recovered and I gave it some structure.

Number two is a tree a had for about three years. I liked the trunk line, that’s why I bought it. For years I had no idea what to do with it. Last weekend I finally came up with a design.

Number three is my little black pine. I have reworked it last December put it in the greenhouse and now it looks quite good … think.

Number four is my little German oak in spring time and now.
I have repotted it wired it and got some new branches now.


Number five my Weissdorn - Crateagus.
In spring time and now.

And number six is my white pine. Like the black pine I have reworked it last December and it was growing very well.

So over all I have to thank Mirai for all what I have learned since I am a member.
Bonsai is fun again with positiv results and no fruition anymore :grinning:


Sven, thank you so much for sharing this!! We love to see how folks are improving. So glad you’re learning so much with Mirai Live! My favorite is the juniper - very nice asymmetry :slight_smile:


I could not agree more about the content that we receive through Mirai. I can’t express enough appreciation about the incredible quality of content, thorough explanations and horticultural discussions that are presented in the videos. This has easily accelerated my understanding by years and saved me from making some terrible mistakes.

@svencux thank you for sharing your experiences while learning through Mirai. I love seeing progress pictures - you’ve done a great job caring for and styling these trees! Good on you for capturing the changes over the years.

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looking at the pictures again myself, I felt the lower branch of my first Juniper looked strange.
So I did a wedge cut to the lower branch to bring it closer to the trunk.


thank you for sharing @svencux: it is nice for junior-bonsai-students like me to see what can be achieved. Looking to your tree, I have the impression that it is “easy” meaning there is no dramatic/drastic stuff, and there is harmony. Being able to transmit the feeling that it is simple while the design is complex is a great achievement! congrats!

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How did it go with that wedge cut? I was under the impression that you shouldn’t do wedge cuts to Junipers, I believe Ryan said it on one of the streams, might have been the trunk bend one but yet again I might be mistaken and now i’m wondering how it worked for you?

hi there,

so far it looks quite good.
We still have wintertime even so it is quite warm… anyway on the branch I did the wedge
cut to first signs of new growth. So I am confident it worked.

I did the wedge cut bended the branch, parted it up with liquid cut paste and wrapped
electrical self welding tape around it (hope the translation it somewhat right).

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here are some updates picture of this year august 2020.
I had to fight some health issues and had some trouble with the heat but so far it was not too bad.

This tree was not repotted since I am with Mirai and it had issues. I took it out of the pot and found a big pocket under the tree with no solid (you better chopstick all the time). Well it is recovering slowly.

My little black pine was decandled for the first time this year.
The second flush is already there.

My Oak had some funges and slow growing this year.

My white pine doing very well this year

Next is my Olive from 2018 and today

The last my Nigra (got it in 2018) this year first time of decandling.