World’s Smallest Bonsai?

Micro tree. Is this a Japanese maple? It’s from a facebook posting by Bonsai Guest House.

Usually, when something is billed as the world’s smallest (see below) or largest, or..?,  it moves into that surreal novelty realm. Would you say these tiny bonsai qualify? I’m not so sure. There’s an art to doing this and to keeping the tiny trees healthy. Still…..

A place to stay
The photos in this post are from Bonsai Guest House in Osaka. I know almost nothing about the place, but you might want to check it out on your next Japan junket.

$1,000 Bonsai from Scratch Contest idea
You could do this for our $1,000 Bonsai from Scratch Contest. Think small and win (well, no guarantees). Small bonsai (Shohin Bonsai) is a pretty good idea if you are at a loss for what to do.

With flowers no less. It’s from the same facebook posting by Bonsai Guest House.

From this, it looks like Mr Mitsuo was trying to create the ‘world’s smallest bonsai.’ Definitely the novelty approach.

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  1. Posted 04/30/2011 at 8:29 AM | Permalink

    Hi Wayne
    I love these wonderfull (mame) and I want to know where I can buy some little pots for these beauties..bonsaï thank you in advance
    p.s. congradulation for your nice web site with all these informations

  2. wayne
    Posted 04/30/2011 at 3:32 PM | Permalink

    Thanks Suzanne,
    I’m not sure who is offering such small pots these days. I just googled ‘mini bonsai pots’. Saw some around 2 or 3 inches, but nothing really tiny.

  3. Posted 04/30/2011 at 5:41 PM | Permalink

    Suzanne and Wayne, I’ve seen miniature pots of this type infrequently on eBay and, again, infrequently being sold by in Conyers, GA. Mary

  4. wayne
    Posted 04/30/2011 at 6:13 PM | Permalink

    Thanks Mary,
    I didn’t think of bonsai monk, though I know they carry a large selection of pots.

  5. Bruce
    Posted 05/01/2011 at 10:02 PM | Permalink

    The ones I’ve seen on EBAY are called “misho” (seed) bonsai pots.

  6. Posted 05/02/2011 at 6:32 AM | Permalink

    We can get it in China, but those small pots are much m ore expensive than the big one because they are hand-made,,but very nice with engraving ornament or painting.

  7. Randy Davis
    Posted 05/02/2011 at 12:05 PM | Permalink

    Hi Wayne-
    I saw some very tiny pots at the last Shohin convention that Jim Barret did.
    Maybe not quite as small as the ones in the pictures above, but close.

    Randy Davis
    Blaine Minnesota

  8. wayne
    Posted 05/02/2011 at 3:12 PM | Permalink

    Thanks Robert,
    Maybe you can stick a few in our next ocean shipment. Just a thought.

  9. wayne
    Posted 05/02/2011 at 3:14 PM | Permalink

    Thanks Randy,
    Yeah. Jim makes good pots. Here’s something on Jim and his pots on Brandywine’s site:

  10. Posted 05/02/2011 at 8:25 PM | Permalink

    Will check again and let you know Wayne..

  11. Greg Hume
    Posted 05/04/2011 at 1:43 AM | Permalink

    Wayne, if I need a pot for a tree I send a series of photos to Vic Harris of Erin bonsai and he makes the pot to suit the tree. He has done a couple for me about 1″ in diameter, I intend to try him on some even smaller and I’m sure he will oblige. An excellent chap and very easy to deal with. The pots are brilliant. Regards Greg Hume.

  12. wayne
    Posted 05/04/2011 at 5:56 AM | Permalink

    Thanks Greg,
    I just looked at Erin’s catalog. Nice looking pots.

  13. GemFOX
    Posted 05/11/2011 at 3:46 PM | Permalink

    Hello! I recently started making micro mini bonsai pots. It came as a happy accident and now I am addicted to making them. I hand torch them out of glass. The ones I’ve made so far are about 1/2″ to 5/8″ tall and have a drainage hole so no need to drill. I might try to make little tiny trays for them too.

  14. wayne
    Posted 05/14/2011 at 7:25 AM | Permalink

    Thanks for the tip Gem.

  15. Holly
    Posted 08/23/2011 at 10:09 PM | Permalink

    You could use dolls house pots!

  16. wayne
    Posted 08/27/2011 at 9:12 AM | Permalink

    Yeah. I’ve seen bonsai pots that are small enough for doll houses.

  17. Jake
    Posted 11/20/2013 at 10:34 PM | Permalink

    Hey, all! I know this post is a couple years old but I just accidentally came across it and if anyone is still interested I got into the world of creating these tiny bonsai and I could not find a consistent pot supply so a couple years ago I started making my own from high quality stoneware and I do still make them and will make them for anyone interested. Custom and stock manufacturing. All pots are hand sculpted and I fire with electric and gas kilns. I can be contacted at

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