Part 12 of a series by Eugene Howell
Trees live a long time and many of us don’t have 30 or 40 years to wait for a seedling to grow into an impressive bonsai. For those who do, they may not have the patience to wait that long. Fortunately, in the art of bonsai, there are ways to shortcut the process. One of those ways is to create a bonsai forest. One of those ways is to create a forest planting. Typically a bonsai forest will use much younger trees that are not nearly as well developed as a single planted bonsai.
A bonsai forest is frequently set on a natural slab of stone rather than in a bonsai pot. This arrangement often leads the novice to have two questions: “How do I keep the trees in place on a natural slab?” and “How do I prevent the soil from washing over the side when I water it?”