What You Need
- Miniature conifers in varying forms: shown here are Picea glauca 'Jean's Dilly' and Chamaecyparis pisifera 'Tsukumo'
- Small perennial (we used a chartreuse Heuchera)
- Bowl of water
- Liquid fertilizer
- Shallow container with drainage holes
- Fine screen
- Bonsai soil (good drainage mix)
- Decorative rock
- Sheet moss
Step 1: Fertilize
Add a few drops of liquid fertilizer to the bowl of water, and soak the conifers' roots for 5 minutes.
Step 2: Prevent Clogging
Cover the container's holes with a fine screen to retain the soil and prevent clogging.
Step 3: Add Soil Mix
Fill the bottom of the container with a layer of the bonsai soil mix.
Step 4: Add Plants
Spread the roots of the conifer, and place the plant on the soil. Gently press soil over the roots. Continue adding plants, and cover the roots with more soil. Use a chopstick to gently tap around the plants' roots to fill pockets with soil.
Step 6: Add Accents
Add a decorative rock. Cover the soil with gravel and sheet moss to keep water from evaporating.