User Posts: Paul Masterson

Serissas make excellent bonsai with the right care and shaping. They are an evergreen shrub native to China, Japan, and Indochina (Southeast Asia) where it may ...


The history of Japanese tea began when it was first introduced by a Buddhist Monk to Japan in early 6’th century. By 1200, the famous Japanese priest Eisai, ...


For centuries Japanese poets have been influenced by the beauty, magnitude and mysterious quality of gardens from their country. Their is an evocative yet ...


That lazy Sunday morning, just me and the trees chillin. Especially good is that lazy Sunday morning with the bright sunshine, dappled breeze, no rain when ...


Decorative tree pruning brings innovation and artistry to gardens. It has something for all tastes, including sophisticated sculptural trees, modernist bumpy ...


Morten Albek, the Shohin Bonsai master has just launched the first ever Shohin Bonsai application on Android.  So what does the application offer? You get ...


Penjing gets its name from the Chinese word penzai which means tray plant. This art is also known in other terms such as potted landscapes, tray landscapes and ...


Initiated by Jerome Hay, President of Satsuki Flower and organized with the support of the FFB and kyookaï, this unique event in France aims to reveal to the ...


Someone once told me a long time ago to get a 'Learner Permit' for a Bonsai. I wasn't too sure at that stage of my early Bonsai life what they meant. After all ...


A Tokonoma is a time-honored architectural detail of many older Japanese homes. These alcoves occupy a corner in a room, and often hold a scroll, an ikebana ...

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    paul 22nd May 2009 at 8:14 pm

    Hi Aki

    The main Bonsai shop is in Dublin’s Powerscourt Shopping Center on Clarendon Street. Other online options would be and



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    Paul Masterson 30th March 2010 at 10:14 pm


    The best places to buy horticultural sand is the large garden centers or specialist shops. Places like Woodies or Mackies. A small bag would cost about €6…

    For mature seedlings:
    B&Q’s own branded bonsai soil is very good. If you require a specialist bonsai soil try Akadama. Made from Volcanic rock it will break down over time and is great for drainage.

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    Paul Masterson 18th December 2011 at 9:25 pm

    Hi Richard

    Two options for buying Bonsai in Dublin…

    The Bonsai Shop in Powerscourt center, off South William Street or for an indoor starter tree, try Johnstown Garden center on the Naas road (

    Hope this helps


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    Paul Masterson 21st January 2012 at 10:12 pm

    Hi Louise

    Tea tree bonsai, also known as the Fukien tree can be bought from one of the following:

    In Dublin –
    Bonsai Shop, Powerscourt shopping center of South William street, Available in stock: rect. pot size 15cm. 27cm. high, inc.drip tray €28. Rect . pot size 20cm. 34cm. high, inc. drip tray €38 to €44. Oval, pot size 24cm. 40cm. high. inc.drip tray,€48 to €57. Oval pot size 29cm. 45cm. high approx. Inc. drip tray €78 to €98 depending on thickness of trunk and shape. Rect. pot size 30cm. 50cm high, inc. drip tray €125. Also have specimen trees up to €250. They dont have a website.

    Johnstown Garden Center, Naas road. Tree range in price from €25. These are not Bonsai specialists, so it would not be my first preference. They are online.

    Suppliers in Ireland are very limited. I tend to import trees from Holland or England.

    We added a new page for a Bonsai grower in Holland, who is also a Bonsai artists. Check out the following page. Jerry Norbury Shohin Bonsai

    or any of the following shops in the UK.

    Got Bonsai
    Bonsai UK

    Hope this help



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    Paul Masterson 21st January 2012 at 9:54 pm


    For starters read the following article written by Maureen Massey of the Bonsai Shop in Powerscourt, Dublin

    If you need more detailed advice I can send you a private email



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    Paul Masterson 8th January 2012 at 8:54 pm

    That’s very strange. The idea behind misting is to recreate the tropical humid environment and this can also clean the tiny leaves. Can I ask where you bought it?

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    Paul Masterson 30th March 2010 at 9:49 pm


    The Chinese Elm seeds will need to be stratified before sowing in soil. Place them in a small ziplock bag with some damp vermalite and place in the fridge for six weeks. After this place in a light location in soil.

    Hope this helps


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    Paul Masterson 30th March 2010 at 9:15 pm

    Hi Johnny

    You will have to buy the Horticultural sand seperately and then mix by hand. I normally do 4 parts soil to 1 part sand. A part could be equal to a handful. Overtime you will get a feel for the soil and will be able to judge the mixture by feel.

    Some seedling require more sandypebble (Golden Gem) soil. I tend to place Larix or Picea in this type of soil.


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    paul 26th December 2009 at 4:58 pm

    Hi Detta

    A great Bonsai to start with. The ‘Tree of a Thousand Stars’ is also known as the Chinese Snowrose or Serissa.

    Going on holidays is always a worrying time for collectors.
    Firstly your local Bonsai shop may have a tree holiday care service or you have a neighbour with green fingers. If not any of the above then see the following:

    I normally place the indoor trees on the draining board on capillary matting or a large tray with pebbles and some water. The trees sit on top of the stones. The location must be away from direct sunlight. With this I would use a drip watering system. One I have found very good is the ‘Big Drippa from Harrod Horticulture.

    I’ll put up an article with more details if that will help.

    Thanks for the question


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    paul 26th December 2009 at 4:38 pm

    Hi Dwayne

    The platform is WordPress 2.8 with a custom theme called ‘wp_bonsai’. The feature sliding image and feature posts module is from vibe themes (vSlider and Vibe CMS). The theme is designed by


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    paul 31st October 2009 at 10:23 am


    I am using WordPress 2.7 with a custom theme, aptly called ‘WP-Bonsai’.


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    paul 30th August 2009 at 5:46 pm

    Hi David

    John Innes No:2 is a potting compost, whch is made up from a mixture of loam, peat and sand using the following ratio (7 parts Loam, 3 parts Peat and 2 parts Sand). I make my own loam by placing cut grass sods upside down on top of each other for a year and then add horticultural sand. My own preference is not to use peat. I will put together an article on soil recipes.

    I forgot to mention in the article seedling compost, which can be used. I always add sand or 2 mm fine stones for Conifers. Conifers prefer good drainage. If you require to stratify your seeds use Perlite.