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Why Are Bonsai Trees So Expensive?

why are bonsai trees so exspensive

Are you a lover of nature? Would you wish to spruce up your yards and gardens with trees? Well, we are pleased to announce to you that you have arrived at just about the right place. We do engage in the sales and distribution of the Bonsai trees.

These are miniature trees that are typically planted in containers and shipped for transplanting elsewhere. Though an increasingly popular practice, these trees are expensive and have hence kept many aspiring arborists off. But just why are the Bonsai trees expensive?

Why Are Bonsai Trees So Expensive?

This is a question we cannot answer in one swoop. We have to examine the circumstances and factors that inform the actual costs of the Bonsai trees to appreciate why. These we showcase on the discussions that fall hereunder. They all aim at letting you appreciate these trees better.

Bonsai trees take a long time to grow!

Generally speaking, the Bonsai trees take a longer duration of time to grow. Most estimates place this at around 10-15 years. The exact length of time, however, depends on a large part, the various conditions under which the trees are forced to grow. Some conditions may, in fact, hasten the process of growth.

Warm and humid regions have specifically been noted to offer better growing conditions. Thus, the Bonsai trees that are grown under these conditions will normally take shorter to mature. The opposite, of course, is applicable. Those grown in extremely cooler regions will normally tend to
take longer.

Bonsai Tree Training Takes A Long Time

As trees grow, they have to be trained. Training simply infers pruning or configuring the trees in shape to see to it that they achieve a given style or appearance. As is the case with the growth of the trees, training them also takes a longer duration of time.

Such trees are not as responsive as those of the ordinary strains. The main reason underlying this is the fact that the roots take longer to solidify and strengthen. Remember, it may never be really easy to trim and train them with weaker roots as that may pose some damages later on.

In many cases, the trees will take roughly 3 years to attain the strength and maturity they need to be strong enough to endure the trims and the pruning. Contrast this with under one year for the normal trees. The longer duration of time definitely brings about added operational expenses on your part.

Shipping Live Bonsai Trees Is Difficult

Also contributing to the higher operational expenses is the comparatively higher cost of shipping the live Bonsai trees. The extra expense mainly comes about as the result of the extremely delicate nature of these trees. They are in fact easily susceptible to the risks of damages while in transit.

If they have to be shipped, they tend to cost a lot more as the courier or shipping company has to pay extra attention to the seedlings while in transit. You the buyer will definitely have to care for this extra expense in the form of the inflated cost of purchase.

Cost Of Naturally Collected Bonsai

Like with many other tree species, Bonsai too, is abundantly available in nature. Even then, they still cost a lot more than the other tree species. The exact cost varies from region to region. This notwithstanding, you should prepare to part with no less than $20 to lay your hands on a naturally-collected Bonsai tree.

Cost Of Nursery Grown Bonsai

These trees yet again may be grown in the nursery. The actual also varies significantly from nursery to nursery as the amount of money spent to grow them similarly varies from region to region. As such, there is no unifying price for which you may obtain the trees. All factors considered though, the trees, when sourced from the nurseries, do cost roughly $50-$100.

CONCLUSION

As you may observe from the foregoing explanations, the Bonsai trees are understandably expensive. There is absolutely no way the actual prices can come any lower, not unless there is a severe shift in the dynamics that determine the costs of planting and handling.

You should not despair though. We are here to help you out. Our company exists to furnish these trees to tree-enthusiasts around the world. Given that we understand the harsh economic realities, we are always keen to negotiate prices with you. Feel free to speak to us soonest!

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Repotting Your Bonsai

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Bonsai trees are potted in small containers in order to limit its nutrients. While this is crucial in growing a bonsai, after a few years, your tree will start to become pot-bound. Pot-bound basically means that your tree’s roots have grown and are taking up space that the nutrients in the soil used to. Without the proper amount of nutrients, your tree will die, which is why it is so crucial that you are repotting your tree regularly. 

How Often Should I Repot My Bonsai?

How often you repot your bonsai depends on your tree’s pot and the species of your tree. Fast growing trees, especially young trees, should be repotted every year or two. Older, more mature trees should be repotted every three to five years. These guidelines are pretty general. In fact, you can only really know when your tree needs to be repotted if you check the plant. 

Signs My Bonsai Tree Needs Repotting

Before you repot your bonsai tree, it is important to make sure your tree actually needs to be repotted. There are several signs that your tree needs to be repotted.

  • Growth rate slows
  • Discolored leaves (yellowing leaves in particular)
  • Increased amount of dropping leaves in the summer
  • Leaves losing their glossiness 
  • Reduction of leaf size
  • Falling of leaves in autumn 
  • Thinning of twigs & increased death of twigs in the winter
  • Poor water absorption in soil
  • Liverwort and algal slime forming on soil
  • Root ball visible through the soil

When Should I Repot?

Repotting should be done in early spring. It is best to repot when the tree is still in dormancy. This is so that the least amount of damage is done to your tree. During the spring, your tree does not have full-grown fulliage, so this will put less strain on your tree. 

Best Soil Mixtures

The soil you use for your bonsai trees is very crucial to the health of your bonsai. The reason repotting is necessary is because roots grow and soil breaks down every two years or so. Different bonsai elements include Akadama, Pumice, lava rock, fine gravel, and regular potting soil. Organic potting soil is not recommended on its own as a bonsai soil, but added into a mixture will do fine. 

Each tree prefers a different soil mixture, but you can use these guidelines until you figure out what your tree likes. There are two main mixtures you can use, the first is for deciduous trees, and the second is for coniferous trees. Both of these mixtures contain Akadama, Pumice, and lava rock, but the ratios are different. 

Deciduous bonsai tree soil: Akadama, Pumice, Lava rock at a ratio of  ½, ¼, ¼ 

Coniferous bonsai tree soil: Akadama, Pumice, Lava rock at a ratio of ⅓, ⅓, ⅓ 

There are a few exceptions that can be made. For example, if you are not able to check on your tree several times a day, you can increase the amount of Akadama in your mixture to increase water retention. Or, if your local climate is very wet, you can increase the amount of lava rock to enhance drainage.

How Do I Repot My Bonsai?

  1. You should first make sure you have all the tools that are needed to repot your tree. This includes scissors, wire cutters, a rootrake, and a chopstick.
  2. It is common for the bonsai to be stuck to the pot that they are potted in. If this is the case, cut the wire at the bottom of the pot.
  3. Using a rootrake, carefully remove your tree.
  4. You will now be able to determine whether repotting is necessary or not. If the roots are circling around the pot, it is time to repot.
  5. Remove the old soil with a chopstick. Start at the bottom and the sides of the tree. Be careful around the roots. Leave at least half the rootmass alone when repotting pine trees.
  6. Cut away any roots that have grown too long using a pair of scissors, but cut no more than 30% of the plant’s roots.
  7. When repotting in the same container, cover the plant’s drainage holes with mesh.
  8. Hold the mesh in place with wire.
  9. Attach another piece of wire in order to make the tree anchor to the pot later. 
  10.  Now we add in soil. First, add a layer of lava rock, akadama, or grit. These heavy soils will serve as your drainage layer.
  11. Now add a thin layer of soil.
  12. Put the tree back into the pot. Use the wires that we attached before to help the tree stay in place.
  13. Add more soil around the tree.
  14. Using a chopstick, work soil around the tree’s roots. This is to fill any air pockets around the roots.
  15. Water the tree generously.
  16. You’re done! Enjoy your newly potted bonsai!
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How Fast Do Bonsai Trees Grow?

how fast do bonsai trees grow

Whether you are interested in overseeing the growth of a new bonsai tree right from its seed form, or from one that is already grown, then you will have to be conversant with the growth period of the bonsai tree. Normally, a period of between 10-15 years is sufficient for the growth of a bonsai tree, taking into consideration all the different conditions involved.

In the fourth year of growth, your bonsai tree will be ready for styling and wiring. All bonsai trees are perceived as being ornamental, hence they do not grow to achieve the height that all other common trees achieve.

Do Bonsai trees grow as fast as normal trees?


Bonsai trees are genetically similar to the full-size tree species regardless of the popular beliefs spread about them. Due to this fact, normally the time taken by a bonsai tree to grow either exceeds that of normal trees or either way goes way below them. For most tree species, the slow growers take roughly between 20 and 30 years, while the fast-growing trees take anywhere between 20 and 30 years. As highlighted earlier, most bonsai trees take anywhere between 10 and 15 years to fully mature.

Some of the main reasons that contribute to the faster growth of bonsai trees include:

  • Bonsai trees are offered continuous care right from the preliminary stages of growth.
  • They usually receive regular and uniform pruning.
  • They usually have the perfect growing conditions that are not available for the other trees.

Bonsai trees usually receive more care and attention in comparison to other trees out in nature and this directly contributes to their rapid growth. A study conducted on trees revealed that bonsai trees live up to 25% longer than counterparts that are situated in their natural habitats.

How do the growing conditions of bonsai trees affect the growth process?


Providing the perfect growing conditions for bonsai trees does not only ensure that they grow healthy but also ensures that they grow fast. Bonsai trees grow under a carefully selected range of optimum conditions since the provision of care to them is of great importance.

Here are some of the conditions that affect their growth process:

Sunlight for bonsai trees

An appropriate wavelength of light intensity is needed for the growth of the bonsai trees. This implies that it neither should be too high nor too low: it should be optimum. The appropriate light intensity is key in the growth, survival as well as good health of the tree.

Water for bonsai trees

Water is life. It remains undisputed that no tree species can grow without water as water takes the most important role in the growth and life sustenance. Watering the bonsai trees should be done with such a high precision since over-watering and under-watering have been known to
pose great harm to the trees. The trees either retard in growth or simply die in other cases.

Nutrients for bonsai trees


Nutrients are responsible for buffering fast and robust growth in any tree species. Providing bonsai trees with high-quality nutrients decreases their growing period. Nutrition in bonsai trees is achieved by regular fertilizing of bonsai trees with the balanced bonsai feed during the growth period. During winter, low-nitrogen fertilizers are recommended.

Pruning bonsai trees

Pruning is known to open up the tree and remove any microclimates that are unfavorable for the tree. Bonsai trees should be pruned regularly and checked for diseases, pests and root rot which either way deteriorates the health of the tree. Pruning and disease control remains the surest way in which bonsai trees achieve their full sizes with ease.

Planting bonsai trees in the right environment


Growing a bonsai tree in the wrong environment can have a negative impact on the general outcome of the growth process. Bonsai trees should be grown under conditions that match those in the natural setting. The failure to consider this may lead to the bonsai tree not developing to resemble the tiny version of the original species.

The Fastest growing Bonsai Species


When it comes to selecting the bonsai tree species that grows fastest, then the Ficus Religious remains the best option. The species not only guarantees fast growth but also a robust one.

Bonsai growing too slow?

At some point, those interested in a bonsai tree business may find the growing period of the trees to be too long: between 20-30 years. The use of nursery stock trees remains the fastest way to create your bonsai though unfortunately, this remains the most underrated way. When using nursery stock trees, you only need to have a nursery tree that is roughly 4 years of age, so that you can prune it, style it, repot it for it to become a bonsai tree.

Another viable approach is to rely on cuttings to grow the bonsai trees since cuttings take a short time to adapt and start growing in comparison to seeds.

Growing bonsai trees is one of the best experiences that you create for yourself, either for leisure or as a business. They only call for patience during the entire growth process you can rest assured that upon maturing, they provide you with a spectacle that is so breathtaking and an impressive reward to all your efforts.

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Can Bonsai Trees Live Inside

can bonsai trees live indoors

When you think of a bonsai tree, you may be thinking of a tree that is outside. While this is common, there are bonsai trees that can grow perfectly well indoors. These trees are tropical or subtropical trees. They can only survive outdoors in certain high temperature climates, which makes them suitable for the conditions in your home. We will be talking about the differences between indoor and outdoor bonsai, the best indoor bonsai, and how to take care of your indoor bonsai.

 

Indoor Bonsai vs Outdoor Bonsai

As mentioned previously, only certain bonsai can survive indoors. Tropical and subtropical trees are suitable for growing indoors because of their need for high temperatures and high humidity. These conditions can be met indoors in pretty much every household. Even if you live in a cold climate, high temperatures can be achieved with artificial lighting (more on this later!). Indoor trees grow consistently all year with no dormancy period in the winter.

Outdoor bonsai trees, on the other hand, cannot be grown indoors. Those that live outdoors need to be exposed to the changing of the seasons and go into dormancy in the winter. Dormancy periods are when trees stop growing to survive the winter and prepare to grow in the following spring. Outdoor bonsai survive in cold temperatures and sometimes even frost, but indoor bonsai trees do not. 

Best Indoor Bonsai Trees

There are literally thousands of species you can choose from to make into an indoor bonsai tree. We will simply be going over the best indoor trees to choose from, especially for beginners. These are beautiful, relatively low maintenance, trees.

Ficus Bonsai Trees

The most popular kind of indoor bonsai tree is the Ficus (or a fig). This tropical tree likes temperatures higher than 50 degrees Fahrenheit and lots of water. You can place these trees outdoors in the summer, but they don’t need lots of sunlight. Popular ficuses include the Ginseng ficus (Ficus Retusa) and the Willow leaf ficus (Ficus Nerifolia/Salicafolia).

Chinese Elm Bonsai Trees

The Chinese Elm is a classic bonsai tree. While it is a bit harder to care for than the Ficus, it is definitely worth it. They like a cooler room and lots of light. Occasionally dropping of the leaves are usually normal, but it may also be due to insufficient water or light. The biggest Chinese Elm killer is underwatering. So, keep it’s soil damp at all times, never let it dry out. 

Jade Bonsai Trees

The Jade tree is an evergreen from South Africa. Its thick trunk supports its dense, delicate branch structure and thick, green, oval leaves. White flowers may appear in the fall, but not always. Sensitive to the cold, this tree is best grown indoors where it can receive lots of light. When watering your Jade, water thoroughly then allow for the soil to dry out before watering again. 

How to Care for an Indoor Bonsai Tree 

Caring for an indoor bonsai tree is not as hard as one may think. Most trees are relatively low maintenance. 

Light For Your Bonsai Trees

To ensure that your tree is getting the highest light intensity possible, place your tree directly in front of a South facing window. Moving the tree away from the window will lower the light intensity significantly, which will weaken and can eventually kill your tree. Getting enough light for your tree can be difficult, but it can be done. Using artificial lighting for around 10 hours a day will help. 

Humidity For Your Bonsai Trees

Tropical and subtropical trees also need high humidity. The humidity levels in your standard living room will not be enough, but there are ways you can increase humidity for your tree. Placing a humidity tray filled with water or wet gravel will help, as well as misting your tree daily. You can also try opening a window during the day, so long as it isn’t too cold, to circulate air throughout the house. 

Watering Your Bonsai Trees

Each bonsai tree is different. Some like to dry out in between watering, others like constant soil dampness. But one general rule you can follow with any tree is to check the soil before watering. Watering on a schedule can cause under- and over-watering, which will kill your plant if done frequently. When watering, water generously until water starts to drip out of the drainage holes at the bottom of the pot. Then wait a few minutes, and repeat. This will guarantee that the roots are being sufficiently watered. 

Fertilizing Your Bonsai Tree

Since indoor bonsai trees grow consistently all year with no dormancy periods, they also need to be fertilized consistently all year. Feed with a balanced fertilizer as often as the directions suggest. To encourage flowering, use a fertilizer with a higher Phosphorus content.

While many bonsai trees are not able to live indoors, there are some that are able to. These are tropical and subtropical trees that need lots of light and high humidity. Caring for these trees is a very rewarding experience that anyone can enjoy. Happy growing!

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Where Are Bonsai Trees From

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For a long time, the art of bonsai has been associated with Japan. However, the art was originally from China. It then spread gradually to the East, towards Korea and Japan. It is believed that the bonsai art was spread by monks from the Buddhism religion. They were trying to bring the ‘outside environment’ inside the temples. Ancient manuscripts and paintings prove
that container trees were already being cultivated in China by 600 AD. However, many scholars argue that the art might date as early as 500 BC.

History Of Bonsai Trees In China


It does not come as a surprise that artistic plant cultivation came from China. Flowers and plants have always been a vital part of the country’s aesthetic heritage. They are naturally endowed with many types of plants and flowers. Also, if you look back at the Chinese history, you will realise that they also had a passion for gardens. Their gardens had were on a miniature scale, with many small trees and shrubs. These plants were planted to balance the landscape.


Bonsai literally means ‘a tree in a tray’. One thing that played an important role in the development of the bonsai art of today is the development of Chinese ceramics. Beautiful Chinese containers are the reason why bonsai trees’ admiration grew. The tree and the container are made to form a single object.

History Of Bonsai Trees In Japan


The first tray landscape were imported to Japan from China as religious souvenirs. This happened more than one thousand years ago. Graphic portrayals of bonsai trees in Japan date back to about seven hundred years ago. The Japanese imported most Chinese cultures that fascinated them, including the Zen Buddhism.


The pots that the Japanese used to grow bonsai trees were relatively deeper than what the Chinese used. The resulting gardening form was later named hachi-no-ki. This literally translated to ‘the bowl’s tree’.
There are many folk tales that prove the existence of the bonsai trees in Japan years ago. Among them is one that talks about an impoverished samurai who had to sacrifice the last three dwarf potted trees that he owned so as to provide warmth for a mink who was traveling on a cold night during winter.

Bonsai Trees In The West


Among the earliest known English observations of miniature potted trees in China dates back to the 1600s. Over the next century, many travelers to china and Japan mentioned the existence of potted trees in their accounts. Book reviews and magazines wrote about it over and over.

Japanese miniature potted trees were presented in different occasions such as:

  • Philadelphia Exposition, 1876
  • Chicago Expo,1893
  • Paris Exposition, 1878
  • St Louis World Fair,1904
  • Japan-British Exhibition
  • San Francisco Exposition,1915

In 1902, the first book written in a European language discussing in length about dwarf trees was published. The book was published in French. In 1940, an English book about bonsai trees was published.

Evolution Of Bonsai Trees


Slight improvements and renovations have been introduced to the art of bonsai to diversify it. Bonsai art has definitely evolved, developing along different lines from the original Chinese and Japanese descent. The Chinese bonsai is still very much rooted into ancient tradition, appearing crude and un-uniformed. Japanese bonsai, on the other hand, is refined and more
organised and groomed. At the end of the day, both types have their own admirers.

Many books about bonsai and related arts have been written in different languages. It goes without saying that this is an art that many people have already embraced. Blogs, websites, online magazines, periodicals, and many others have been made with respect to bonsai trees. It is a worldwide interest now.

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How Hard Is It To Grow A Bonsai Tree?

When you are new to the world of horticulture, you are probably amazed at just how fascinating this pastime can be. There are so many different varieties of plants and trees that it could take several lifetimes just to get through it all.

One particularly fascinating example would be the Bonsai Tree. First of all, the Bonsai tree doesn’t refer to just a plant, but this is an art form that has been cultivated for several centuries. The main purpose of the Bonsai is to create a miniaturized tree that is cultivated to grow in a small container and is designed to appear like a much larger tree.

Bonsai trees were originally called dwarf potted trees, and this is a tradition that dates back to a thousand years or more. Indeed, the earliest known reference to a Bonsai creation was in a Medieval art scroll from the year 1195. If you are interested in this discipline, then there is a lot you need to know about it.

Keep these considerations in mind:

There are many different types of Bonsai trees and they have several different scientific names. Examples such as the Ginseng Ficus, Oriental Ficus, Brush Cherry, Chinese Elm, Norfolk Island and a multitude of others all indicate an endless amount of choices for you to consider. When it comes to scientific names, Bonsai families such as the Vervain family, the Bromeliad family, the Cedar, the “prunus” variety, and the “Succulents”
variety and many others are all categories that have been delineated by scientists.

Appropriately caring for Bonsai trees is a must. One of the things that you will quickly learn is that the Bonsai can be a very delicate plant! However, as long as you know the basics, you will be able to properly maintain the plant and keep it healthy for as long as possible. Here are some things you need to know:

Watering Your Bonsai

There are many factors that go into watering your Bonsai tree appropriately. The first thing you should do as a beginner is to thoroughly observe each of your trees INDIVIDUALLY before you water them. Avoid watering your Bonsai trees at a set routine. Instead, you should only water your Bonsai trees when you notice their soil has a slight dryness to them. Additionally, you should incorporate a soil mixture that holds in more water and use a watering tool that consists of a fine nozzle.

Fertilizing Your Bonsai

When fertilizing your Bonsai tree, it’s all about Nitrogen! The quantity depends on the season and there is a rating that you will need to pay attention to. Generally, a high NPK rating of 10:6:6 should be utilized in the spring, a balanced NPK rating of 6:6:6 should be considered in summer, and a lower NPK rating of 3:6:6 should be used in the fall. Of course, these guidelines only apply to outside Bonsai trees. An inside example will generally only required the balanced NPK fertilizer, but it will be used year-round. Many Bonsai enthusiasts swear by the Biogold brand for their fertilizer.

Pruning Your Bonsai

When it comes to pruning, you must keep the following goals in mind: you want to ensure that your tree always emulates a fully-grown and lifesize version and you want your Bonsai to be healthy and have as much eye appeal as possible. Usually, the best time to prune your Bonsai tree is when it is showing signs of new growth. This is the perfect time to begin styling your bonsai.

Wiring Your Bonsai

Bonsai tree enthusiasts use the wiring method to reposition the branches. This practice can be done on a year-round basis for Bonsai tree species. You can use either annealed copper wire or aluminum wire. You can easily find bonsai wiring supplies on amazon.

Repotting Your Bonsai Tree.

Repotting is important in order to keep your Bonsai growing correctly. Of course, this all begs the question, how frequently do you have to repot your plant? It depends on the size of the pot and the species of the tree. Species that are younger have a tendency to grow faster, thus they will need to be repotted often even once a year. A good rule of thumb is to simply check and see how the roots of the tree are holding up. If they are starting to wrap around the soil, it is time to repBonsai ot your tree.

Bonsai Pests

Finally, there are pests we have to contend with. Aphids are the biggest problem as they can eat away at the underside of the tree. However, simply spraying them off with a hose or placing lacewing larvae will remove all of these aphids.

Keeping all of this information in mind is sure to help you have a Bonsai tree that lives and prospers for a long time.

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Your First Bonsai Tree: A Few Things To Consider


Starting your first bonsai tree is the first step of a satisfying process for a beginning grower.
The amount of effort you can put into growing your bonsai, whether you will grow it inside or
outdoors, and the maturity of your first tree are three important things you will want to
consider as you plan to cultivate your first tree.

  1. How much effort do you want to put in?
    Think about how much time you have to spend on the basic care of your growing plant. You
    will want to allow sufficient time for mindful and frequent observation of your tree. Keeping
    a bonsai healthy means keeping an eye on a few key things.
    Since the tree grows in a shallow dish, the soil can dry out fast. You will need to monitor
    the soil regularly to maintain proper moisture.
    As you get to know your bonsai, you’ll need to monitor its health. Through close and
    careful observation of the tree, you’ll learn to spot any scars or blemishes on the skin that
    require your attention. You will need to spend time making careful corrective actions, such
    as repositioning branches or wire.
    As a beginner, you’ll be eager to spend more time on the process as you watch your bonsai
    respond to your care, so make sure you allow for plenty.
  2. Will you be growing Indoor or outdoor bonsai?
    Are you going to grow an indoor or outdoor bonsai? Knowing the true difference between
    the two is helpful, as many people have a misconception as to what the terms really mean.
    Indoor trees.
    Typically, an indoor bonsai means a more tropical species that will likely require certain
    adjustments to the environment in order to do well. You’ll want to consider this when it
    comes to selecting the right indoor plant for you. Tropical bonsai need intense light for
    a significant number of hours each day, so where you place the container is an
    important factor. A bright spot near a southward-facing spot is ideal. But even in areas
    with a sunny, southern exposure, artificial light is often needed to bring the intensity up
    to sufficient levels for bonsai to thrive. It probably goes without saying that tropical
    plants need warmer temperatures, as well, so adjusting heating conditions will be
    essential.
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    Ficus, Jade and Fukien Tea trees are a few examples of popular indoor bonsai, but there
    are many more.

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Outdoor trees:
Temperate trees that go through a yearly growth cycle and require a dormancy period in
order to prepare for those cycles are outdoor trees. Be sure to consider the conditions
where you live in order to choose a bonsai that can thrive in that particular environment.
Certain varieties have sensitivities to intense heat or light; others shouldn’t be subjected to
frost conditions. Be sure to read up and understand what outdoor bonsai will do best in the
climate where you live.
Some examples of outdoor bonsai include gardenia, Chinese elm and dawn redwood. Learn
more about outside bonsai here. [INSERT LINK to read more on our “outdoor bonsai
page”}.

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  1. What are you going to start with?
    Now that you know what type of bonsai you wish to grow, you can choose the form or level
    and maturity level of the beginner tree that you are going to work with. Think about the
    level of effort you are going to dedicate to the process as you decide. There are a handful
    of options for starting a bonsai – three to be exact.
     You might begin with a pre-made bonsai scape
    A pre-made bonsai scape is a pre-potted tree in a container-garden environment, such
    as you might find in a nursery or flower shop. The plant is already aesthetically arranged
    in the pot and soil mediums in which it is intended to initially live. The shaping process
    has already been started and the tree has already been partially trained. As the new
    owner, you will take over this process, continuing to shape and direct the bonsai as it
    matures.
    Your pre-made bonsai scape will continue to develop as you continue to sculpt and care
    for it. There may be an advantage to working with a tree that is already accustomed to
    being pruned and tied. But a new bonsai gardener might want the learning experience
    of participating in the training process. Keep that in mind when choosing your starter
    material.

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made bonsai scapes page”}.
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 Another starter option is a pre-bonsai tree
Pre-bonsai is a young tree that’s already growing and ready to train. Part of your job
will be to give this young tree a new home, in an appropriate shallow container and soil
medium. As its first and primary trainer, your care and devotion is critical to the
development of the young tree, as well as to the development of your skill and ability as
a bonsai grower. Click {insert link to “pre made bonsai scape page} to learn more about
growing prebonsai.
Make sure you have the proper materials and techniques for sculpting and positioning
your plant, which will involve three basic things: pruning, wiring and repotting. Click the
links to learn more about caring for your bonsai. [LINKS]

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 Your third starter option is to begin your bonsai tree from seed.
Growing a tree from seed to shoot to a tree that is ready to form and train as
bonsai is a longer and more involved process than the previous options that are
mentioned. As a beginner, this is where the learning curve will be at its greatest,
as the steps involved in raising a tree from a seed require a greater length of
time and know-how. All of this must occur before getting to the process of
sculpting the actual tree. Study up on the process before getting started. You
can learn more here trees [INSERT LINK to read more on our “pre bonsai scape
page”}.
As you know, bonsai is a process and a journey, rather than a destination. It
takes take a few years to successfully grow a seed into a tree that you can sculpt,
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How Do Bonsai Trees Stay Small

Whereas this is usually a somewhat tricky question to ask, it without a doubt has an answer. What I know is that bonsai trees are generally small because we want them to be small-sized. When I trap the bonsai tree root in a pot, it means it will have a stunted growth hence making it small in size. Furthermore, the bonsai pots do not allow the trees to expand but this depends on the bonsai pot I will be using. Bonsai trees in smaller pots are usually small compared to those in larger containers.

Bonsai Wire Training

I use bonsai wire training because it is a vital method best for styling and training bonsai trees. When I wrap the wire around the tree branches am very much able to reposition as well as bend the branch. I usually do wiring in winter when the tree has shaded its leaves, enabling me to work very quickly. It will take a few months for the tree to get the required new shape, so I always pay close attention to remove the wires on time to avoid the creation of ugly scars.

Moreover, I also make use of the appropriate material while wiring, with this typically either annealed copper or anodized aluminum. These two types of material serve different purposes; copper is for pines and conifers, while aluminum is for deciduous.

For starters, I would recommend you to use anodized aluminum since it is very easy to find on the market as well as to work with. However, during the use of these wires, I always make sure I protect the branches from being damaged. Therefore, I recommend that you first wrap the branches with raffia that has been soaked in water before commencing to wire the bonsai tree.

Kengai Bonsai Training

This type of training is for bonsai trees that are struggling to get enough light for its leaves. It is one of the most challenging methods to understand, so the main agenda for Kengai training is to create branches facing down along with upward-facing leaf pads on a downward trunk. However, most people usually mix things up when implementing it, resulting in not the intended outcome. If you do it properly, you will end up with the best
results ever, and this will give an excellent impression from the pot.

Seki-Joju Bonsai Training

Bonsai trees are forced to look for nutrients either in holes or cracks. Their roots are usually unprotected before reaching the ground; therefore, they need to have some defense mechanism in the sun. Seki-joju training comes along with some benefits, among them, is giving a good impression and mage of the landscape and also a sense of age and struggle. On the other hand, it also has some disadvantages; Seki-joju can fail to give the image I want; for example, if I select a rock which is not appropriate chances of it giving me a poor image are very high.

Pruning Bonsai Trees

Just like any other tree or flower requires pruning, so does bonsai trees do. I prune bonsai trees to give it a designated size, shape as well as an appropriate style and enable it to provide an excellent impression to the eye. Furthermore, by pruning, I help the plant to keep its aesthetic value and the entire health status plus boosting its longevity. However, pruning varies with the type of bonsai training. For me to do pruning, there are several tools I require, such as:

  • Bleach
  • Pruning Scissors
  • Concave cutters

Then I identify the parts of my bonsai tree that needs to be pruned, especially the parts that are crowded to allow enough light to penetrate all the parts of the bonsai tree. Furthermore, annual remove half the new growth to balance and make my bonsai tree sizeable and well-shaped using a pruning scissor. Additionally, when I am doing away with large branches, I use concave cutters since the scissor is for thinning as well as trimming deciduous trees.

Based on the above information, I hope you have been able to understand how bonsai trees grow small and the reason why this is the case. Consequently, you are better- placed to understand thanks to this comprehensive guide I have taken you through to know whether this tree is a perfect fit for you.

Bonsai Care

Do Bonsai Trees Need Light

DO BONSAI TREES NEED LIGHT? Absolutely! This is how you take care of your bonsai tree and ensure that it gets the right amount of light.

Sunlight is essential for the growth of any given plant. The light, especially the ultraviolet rays, will positively affect the growth of a plant. This definitely means that a bonsai plant requires sunlight. It should be placed in a sunny location.

Light Requirements for Indoor Bonsai

Taking care of an indoor bonsai tree is totally different from the care given to other potted plants in your house. This is mainly because they are trees that are destined to be big but were planted in small pots. This limits their storage space for both water and nutrients. Most of them are actually tropical trees. They are used to a lot of light as well as humidity. This makes some of the circumstances difficult for the tree’s existence inside the house.

One of the greatest problems with a tropical indoor bonsai plant is that the amount and intensity of the light available in the house are really low compared to that on the outside. Even thou the tree will not die instantly, but its growth will be affected and it will be decreased.

For this reason, place your bonsai plant at a bright spot, but not in direct sunlight. To be specific, place the tree near one of your windows. Let the tree get lots of indirect sunlight.

Artificial Lighting For Indoor Bonsai Trees

Being in the 21st century, it is not surprising that we have been able to mimic some forces of nature, including light. Artificial light can now be used to grow bonsai trees. It has had tremendous success and adding a light where you keep your bonsai will ensure that it thrives.


There are three types of artificial lighting that are suitable for growing bonsai trees. The lights are mostly used when there is a deficit or total absence of light where you keep your indoor bonsai.

The lights are:

  • Fluorescent Lights
  • LED Lights
  • CFL Lights

Light Requirements for Outdoor Bonsai

Contrary to the common misconception about bonsai trees (that they should only be kept in the house), some of the trees need to be placed outside in order to thrive. Here they get exposed to the environment in all the four seasons. They are exposed to the temperature changes throughout the year, as well as high humidity.

Outdoor bonsai trees can be kept in the garden or on a balcony. However, before you get a bonsai tree for yourself, it is important that you consider which species will thrive well under the conditions which you can offer to it. Some species have to be protected from intensive sunshine
and heat, but will do well outside with indirect light.

Most of the outdoor bonsai trees need to be exposed to some sunlight for several hours a day.

Conifers, for example, have to be placed in full sunlight so that they grow well and stay at their healthiest.

Where you place the tree mainly depends on where you live. However, keep in mind that the tree requires to be placed outside all through the year. This is because the annual cycle is a crucial process for the health of your tree.

If your outdoor bonsai needs direct sunlight, place your bonsai tree at a bright spot that has a lot of light. During the summer, watch it closely, as you may need to provide some kind of shade for the tree.