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Introduction to Bonsai Trees

There’s definitely something magical about Bonsai trees.

Able to live for decades at a time (and in some instances centuries), Bonsai trees are traditionally meant to represent nature.

Bonsai trees are miniature living trees grown in pots by gardeners. Bonsai is a Japanese word meaning a potted tree or plant, and the Bonsai practice of Japan is all about re-creating the varied landscapes of nature on a smaller scale.

Bonsai trees are not genetically different from regular trees; they are bred and cultivated to reach maturity without getting large, through practices like pruning, utilizing metal wires, and regulating their intake of water and fertilizer. Aside from keeping a Bonsai tree healthy, growers of Bonsai often like to design and craft their trees into artistically planned shapes. Wires are used to guide the weak baby branches into desired forms, and it’s even advisable to advance the wire at a 45-degree angle from the direction of the branch. There are also more advanced techniques involving branch cutting, and trunk tapering, to help you avoid ending up with a thick Bonsai trunk, which looks like it was clumsily lopped off. The point of Bonsai is to create miniature trees that look like real full-sized trees and to connect that tree to the fact that trees themselves are an entire ecosystem unto themselves. Many kinds of species and varieties of life can live in and on a tree– from woodpeckers to squirrels, to termites and bees, and so on. Trees are nature, and Bonsai is about bringing little bits of nature into our own individual spaces and gardens. 

About Bonsai Trees

In today’s hectic world, it can often feel that we are being pulled in every direction. Minutes, hours, and days pass by in the blink of an eye. Lost in the mundane tasks of everyday existence, it is sometimes difficult to feel a true sense of achievement. Technological advances have also lead us towards impatience. We want it, and we want it now! When everything seems to happen so quickly, feeling like you have little to no control over them is quite understandable.

Although many great things have come from the technological advances, there is still much that we can learn by way of tradition. After all, if we cannot learn from the past, we may be doomed to repeat it.

Bonsai trees, which are (to offer the most basic definition) tiny trees, have been enlightening people for centuries, bringing harmony and deep satisfaction to cultivators’ lives in return for their investment of time and nurture. Bonsai is a tranquil and delicate art that must be approached with diligence. In the art of Bonsai, growth is a never-ending process that has no shortcuts. This is just one of the many teachings that the process of cultivating a Bonsai tree that you can apply to your life.

It may seem bizarre that a little tree could really help you obtain peace in your life, but Bonsai is a tried-and-true teacher of many important life lessons. Even if you are resistant to learning these life lessons, Bonsai trees are still great to look at!

Significance & History of Bonsai Trees

The art of Bonsai dates back to 600 A.D., although some experts suggest that it may even be much older than that. Pronounced “bone-sigh,” the word Bonsai is comprised of two Japanese characters: “Bon,” meaning tray, and “sai,” meaning plant. Literally, Bonsai translates to tray plant. While “tray plant” may be an accurate description of what many people think of when they picture Bonsai trees, it is but a compressed representation of the different styles of Bonsai trees.

Although Bonsai is typically thought of as a Japanese practice, its roots actually extend to China. Long ago, Buddhist monks in China sought a way to bring the tranquility of nature and the outdoors into their temples.Traditionally, miniaturization as a science was quite popular in Chinese culture. It was believed that miniature objects were concentrated sources of mystical and magical powers.

Traditionally, miniaturization as a science was quite popular in Chinese culture. It was believed that miniature objects were concentrated sources of mystical and magical powers.

Called Pensai in Chinese, Bonsai grew as an art in China and eventually spread to Japan and Korea. Today, the Bonsai culture is alive and well. After World War II, most bonsai trees seen in the United States or Europe have Japanese origins. Bonsai trees of Japanese origin appear more refined and are generally more well-groomed than the Chinese variant, which may appear crude to the untrained eye. Both of these styles have their own unique histories and draws.
The aesthetic appeal of Bonsai trees is only the beginning of the list of ways they can improve your quality of life. Throughout their storied history, Bonsai trees have come to signify harmony, peace, order, balance, and a connection to nature. In 1976, the country of Japan gifted 53 magnificently curated Bonsai trees to the United States in celebration of America’s bicentennial. These significant Bonsai trees are on display to this day at the United States National Arboretum in Washington, D.C. The Nation Arboretum receives over 200,000 visitors annually, including many foreign dignitaries. The beauty and grace of Bonsai trees are universally undisputed.

The study of Bonsai most certainly yields a much higher reward than increased botanical knowledge. Over thousands of years, the art of Bonsai has been pursued meticulously by those who realize how much there is to be learned. The passion ignited by Bonsai has been shared worldwide and continues to grow, just like the Bonsai trees themselves.

Where to Buy Bonsai Trees

If you are looking to embark on a journey into the art of Bonsai, you may be feeling a little overwhelmed. Perhaps you currently have houseplants or your own garden, but Bonsai trees demand more attentive care than a standard houseplant. Maybe you have never cared for a living plant before and are worried that you may not have a green thumb.

Bonsai Discounts

Whether you’re looking for a discount on the trees themselves, or searching for the tools for practicing Bonsai, there are always deals out there if you know where to look. Aside from your normal bargain sites, it is good to think about looking into used Bonsai tools or finding someone who is no longer able to care for their Bonsai, and might be interested in giving it away to a good home (via community message boards or postings). It’s wise to search for any Bonsai-related locations in your area, which would potentially have information like this. Additionally, there are a myriad of Bonsai clubs out there that offer various discounts to members.

Types of Bonsai Trees

Just like their full-sized parents, there are many types of Bonsai trees. Each kind of Bonsai tree has its own unique aesthetic, along with specific requirements for its care. Once you figure out what you are looking for in a Bonsai tree, you will be better equipped to decide which type is best for you. Since each Bonsai tree is as inimitable and distinctive as we are, you can be sure that there is a perfect fit for everyone!


Dwarf Juniper trees are the most popular evergreen in the United States. Also known as Juniper Procumbens Nana, these are what most people envision when they think of Bonsai trees. The tree is native to southern Japan and is able to withstand many adverse conditions. Junipers are meant to be kept outdoors, although you can bring it inside for a few days at a time to display for special occasions. Juniper Bonsai trees are mostly trouble-free and, as such, are an excellent choice for newcomers to the art of Bonsai.


If you enjoy adding cheer and color to your home with fresh cut flower bouquets, you may want to consider buying a flowering Bonsai tree. Flowering Bonsai trees last much longer than a bouquet (possibly forever!) and bloom repeatedly. These Bonsai trees are available in a wide variety of styles. In addition to blooming with beautiful flowers, some flowering Bonsai trees may also produce fruit.

Flowering Bonsai trees require a little more diligence in their care than a Juniper Bonsai tree. Most flowering Bonsai trees are tropical or sub-tropical indoor trees, however, there are some temperate trees that may be kept outdoors. Additionally, flowering Bonsai trees require more light than non-flowering trees for their flowers to blossom or their fruit to grow. If you choose to buy a flowering Bonsai tree through Bonsai Boy, you can find more detailed care guidelines on their website.

Flowering Bonsai trees require a little more diligence in their care than a Juniper Bonsai tree. Most flowering Bonsai trees are tropical or sub-tropical indoor trees, however, there are some temperate trees that may be kept outdoors. Additionally, flowering Bonsai trees require more light than non-flowering trees for their flowers to blossom or their fruit to grow. If you choose to buy a flowering Bonsai tree through Bonsai Boy, you can find more detailed care guidelines on their website.


Bonsai trees can undoubtedly be a beautiful addition to your life. They can be a pleasing element in interior design or a picturesque addition to your yard. While it’s easy to see the appeal of Bonsai trees, you may be a little apprehensive about the amount of care required to keep them healthy.

Artificial Bonsai trees provide the opportunity to enjoy the look of a Bonsai tree without the ornate care requirements!

Bonsai Boy offers a wide selection of “almost real” artificial Bonsai trees in a breadth of styles. Their artificial Bonsai trees are created from Driftwood trunks and preserved foliage to present an authentic package.

Outdoor Deciduous

Outdoor Deciduous Bonsai trees, as the title implies, are meant to be placed outdoors. These Bonsai trees are dormant during the winter after losing their foliage in the autumn season. There are many types of outdoor Deciduous Bonsai trees available, some of which you may be familiar with. There are Birch trees, Maples, Beech trees, Cypress, and many more!

Outdoor Evergreen

Another option for outdoor Bonsai trees are evergreens. While they are, like Deciduous Bonsai trees, dormant during the winter, evergreens will not lose their foliage. Spruce, Cedar, and Hemlock are some familiar styles of outdoor evergreen Bonsai trees.

Bonsai Tree Considerations

Once you’ve decided to purchase a Bonsai tree and you’ve decided to shop at Bonsai Boy, there are still several things to consider before you get a Bonsai tree of your own. When you spend some time exploring the Bonsai Boy website, you’ll be able to make an informed decision. Bonsai Boy has the right Bonsai tree for everyone, as well as everything needed to care for that tree!

What do you want your Bonsai tree to look like?

When you envision your ideal Bonsai tree, you may have a very specific image in mind. While this is a good starting point, it is in your best interest to explore all of the available Bonsai trees. Bonsai trees are as diverse and unique as we are. You never know what you could be missing! You may be surprised to learn that there is a Bonsai equivalent to many of the full-sized trees you are already familiar with. Since their appearance is one of the main motivations for purchasing a Bonsai tree, deciding what you want your tree to look like is an important consideration.

How much are you willing to pay for your Bonsai tree?

At Bonsai Boy, there is a Bonsai tree for any price range. Their Bonsai trees range in price from under $30 to $500 and everywhere in-between. You can easily invest in a cheap Bonsai tree to start out with, so that you can avoid feeling stressed about caring for something expensive. Conversely, you shouldn’t feel guilty about spending money on something that will bring fulfillment to your life. Whatever your price range, Bonsai Boy has an affordable option for you.

How much care will your Bonsai tree require?

Caring for a Bonsai tree should never feel like a chore! Before purchasing, you should consider how much time you will be able to dedicate to care for your Bonsai tree. This is not only the time that you have available but also the time that you are willing to set aside. If you are just starting out, it may be a good idea to get a Bonsai tree that requires less maintenance and, as your love and appreciation of the art of Bonsai grows alongside your tree, you can invest in trees that demand more attention.

Where will you be keeping your Bonsai tree?

Many people think of Bonsai trees as strictly indoor fixtures. However there is a plethora of outdoor Bonsai trees! Whether you are interested in an indoor or outdoor Bonsai tree, you will need to be sure that you can meet the care requirements for the tree you choose. Keep in mind that some Bonsai trees require a warmer climate than others.

What tools and supplies will you need to care for your Bonsai tree?

Before you buy a Bonsai tree, you should reference Bonsai Boy’s specific care guide for the tree that you are looking to purchase. This way, you can make sure that you also purchase the necessary tools and supplies to care for the tree. You can find all of the necessary tools and supplies on the Bonsai Boy website, as well as beautiful accessories that can further enhance your Bonsai experience. Bonsai Boy also offers complete Bonsai starter kits, which eliminates any guesswork and includes everything you need to get started!

Additional Bonsai Trees

Bonsai Boy makes the selection process remarkably simple. If you already have an idea of what you are looking for, you can search their catalog. Otherwise, Bonsai Boy has compiled several lists to further simplify the process. You can view their categories and find a Bonsai tree that suits your needs.

In addition to their evergreen, flowering, artificial, deciduous, and Juniper categories, Bonsai Boy also provides their recommendations for indoor trees. These Bonsai trees are best suited to indoor or outdoor environments that maintain a temperature above 50 degrees Fahrenheit. As such, they are ideal for home, office, or classroom settings. Because the Bonsai trees included in this list are easy to care for, they also make great gifts! Another exclusive feature of Bonsai Boy is that they offer one of a kind Bonsai tree specimens. These one-and-only Bonsai trees are generally older and more expensive than the other trees available on Bonsai boy.

Another exclusive feature of Bonsai Boy is that they offer one of a kind Bonsai tree specimens. These one-and-only Bonsai trees are generally older and more expensive than the other trees available on Bonsai boy.

As you can see, Bonsai Boy is the ultimate resource for anyone involved in the art of Bonsai. Beginners and long-time practitioners will all be able to find exactly what they are looking for.


All throughout history, humans have enjoyed domesticating animals, like cats and dogs. Caring for wildlife and bringing them inside our homes is a favorite pastime within our society, and Bonsai is essentially the tree-equivalent of a pet. The Bonsai needs your care to survive, and it has all the aspects of nature that accompany a real tree in miniature form. The Bonsai is like your very own pet tree, bringing in nature with it, and possessing all the attributes of a full-sized tree, but perfect for a garden or as an indoor decoration.

In life, we go through so many changes. Things are always in flux, and it’s easy to lose track of the weeks. Bonsai trees grow with us and are a constant reminder of the longevity that comes with proper care. As you keep your Bonsai tree throughout the years, it is still the same tree that it was when you bought it, and your Bonsai tree may outlive your other pets.

Bonsai is a rewarding, stress reducing, meditative, and relaxing hobby for anyone who appreciates nature, and wishes they could get outside more. Whether you’re looking for something low maintenance for a gift, or whether you’re a serious practitioner– there is always more creativity and growth to discover in the world of Bonsai.

The ancient art of Bonsai reflects an honest portrayal of our lives. In our hectic modern lives, there is a certain degree of tranquility that can accompany setting aside the necessary time to care for a Bonsai tree. Additionally, you will experience a strong sense of personal achievement as your tree grows and flourishes. Through the practice of caring for a Bonsai tree, you can learn innumerable valuable lessons that are applicable to your own life. We have all heard that patience is a virtue, however it seems as though we are often too caught up in immediacy to truly appreciate that virtue. Through the cultivation of your own Bonsai tree, you can come to grasp the importance of diligence and perseverance.

Whether you are looking to purchase your very first Bonsai tree or looking to expand your collection, Bonsai Boy has a plethora of affordable Bonsai trees for sale. In addition to their expansive catalogue, Bonsai Boy provides everything you will need to take care of your tree as well as detailed instructions for care. As soon as you’re ready to begin transforming your life through the art of Bonsai, head over to Bonsai Boy!

In the end, the only way to find out if you like it is to try it out and see for yourself!

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About Beginner Bonsai Trees

Thankfully, starting out in Bonsai isn’t too difficult. It’s typically recommended for beginners to jump right in and get their first Bonsai tree pre-grown.

Then, you can care for it for years into the future. For braver and more adventurous beginners, you might want to start with a branch or twig and grow from there, but it will take a lot longer before you have something your guests would recognize as a Bonsai tree.

In terms of which type of Bonsai tree to look at for a first purchase, many experts recommend going with an indoor Bonsai species. That way you are protecting against any freezing temperatures through the year, and it’s a lower overall level of difficulty.

The easiest species of tree to start out with for Bonsai just might be the Dwarf Schefflera, which is native to Taiwan and needs only minimal watering. Also called the Golden Hawaiian Umbrella Bonsai, this plant’s ties to Hawaii run through David Fukumoto, a Hawaiian man who popularized this plant’s use in Bonsai.

If you want a different look for your Bonsai, there are a myriad of options, most-to-many of which are not overly difficult.

Once you know the species of Bonsai you’re looking for, you’ll next want to address which tools to buy for pruning your tree. One rule is to cut the branches as close to the trunk as possible, keeping the wound flush with the bark, so as to avoid unsightly or unhealthy scars on the plant. Any good sturdy pair of sharp shears will do for twigs and branches smaller than the diameter of a pencil. After a few years, once your Bonsai tree matures, you’ll need a pair of concave shears to cut any branches thicker than a pencil. 


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About Indoor Recommendations

Growing a Bonsai tree indoors requires a spot with good sunlight, and can be easier than growing one outside. Indoor Bonsai trees are typically limited to trees native to tropical regions, which can tolerate the lack of cold winters and occasional longer periods without water.

The Ficus is a great start for beginners and is a popular indoor choice since it is a tropical Bonsai that is tolerant to the low humidity which is usually present indoors. Mentioned above as a great choice for beginners, it’s worth again mentioning the Schefflera arboricola, or Hawaiian Umbrella Bonsai, which are traditional house plants that have been cultivated in the Bonsai style.

Chinese Elm Bonsai Trees For Indoor

The Chinese elm is renowned for its tiny leaves and thus already has a great propensity towards Bonsai. This tree is an outstanding choice for indoor Bonsai.

Jade Bonsai Trees For Indoor

Jade plants also do well as indoor Bonsai candidates given enough sunlight, and they do need a good amount of sunlight. Not much watering is needed for the Jade plant, which of course is tropical and doesn’t need constantly need wet or damp soil. The Jade plant actually stores a good portion of its water within the fat leaves on the plant itself, and so it has much more of a tolerance for watering-neglect, making it a favorite among beginners.

Juniper Bonsai Trees For Sale

About Juniper Bonsai Trees

If there is enough sunlight easily available, Juniper Bonsai trees are a notably great option. Juniper Bonsai trees are a type of evergreen Bonsai, and are better suited to the outdoors, but can still be grown indoors with sufficient light. Junipers are relatively easy to grow and can enjoy great longevity. This is not a picky species when it comes to soil or fertilizer, and is thus a great choice for beginners who are open to an outdoor Bonsai.

If heavy snows or cold temperatures are expected for more than a few days, it is wise to move your Juniper Bonsai indoors to a cool (but not warm) spot where it can avoid frostbite. These trees do need to go into a dormant period for the winter but can grow ill or die without light even during the winter.

Flowering & Fruiting Bonsai Trees For Sale

About Flowering and Fruiting Bonsai Trees

Flowering and fruiting Bonsai trees are great fun and a unique way to watch your Bonsai tree change through the weeks and months.

Outstanding examples of flowering Bonsai trees include Azaleas, Wisterias, Bouganvilleas, and Cotoneasters, just to name a few. Even inside a species, you’ll see different colors and traits, which is part of why every Bonsai tree is unique.

Fruiting Bonsai trees are a great way to get legitimate, potentially full-sized fresh fruit. Citrus is a prime example for a fruiting Bonsai, because, with proper care, it is actually possible to get a full-sized lemon from your Bonsai tree! Apple trees in Bonsai form also do very well. The leaves get smaller when compared to full-sized trees, but interestingly enough, the fruit from the apple Bonsai tree is roughly full-sized, yielding delicious apples like the kind you’d get in the store, with proper care for the tree.

Fig trees are excellent for Bonsai and do very well as Bonsai trees. Fig Bonsai trees are relatively easy to care for, and thus are great for beginners.

Crabapple Bonsai trees work well for yielding fruit if you’re able to take proper care of the plant. These Bonsai trees need more acidic soil than usual.

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Outdoor Evergreen Bonsai Trees For Sale

About Outdoor Evergreen Bonsai Trees

Evergreen Bonsai trees are one of the most durable varieties available, and take on a breathtaking, enchanting feel that echoes the cold gusts of winter. These Bonsai are perfect for use as miniature Christmas trees, or virtually anywhere else outdoors. Evergreen Bonsais require more water than average and are relatively easy to care for. Just keep their soil moist, and with enough sunlight, your Bonsai evergreen tree will flourish.

Outdoor Deciduous Bonsai Trees For Sale

  • The Bald Cypress grows in several regions of Florida and Louisiana especially in swampy places. The Bald Cypress was designated the the state tree of the state-of Louisiana. The bark is fibrous and has a reddish brown color with small flat ridges and shallow furrows. The leaves of the Bald Cypress are deciduous and distribute in flat planes in a feathery pattern on its branchlets. Ours is grown from seed.

  • Flowering crab apples are among the best flowering trees for bonsai. They create amazing white, fragrant blooms covering the whole tree in springtime before the leaves appears. The leaf is very little and lobed. Little green pomes (apples) can be found in in summer, based on the enlargement of the whole bloom receptacle which becomes fleshy. The fresh fruit ripens to all distinct colours in the autumn when the foliage starts to change to shades-of yellow, orange and reddish. Wintertime brings a fine twiggy skeletal outline punctuated by the fruit which continues through the winter. They’re not difficult to grow and fairly pest and disease-resistant. Deciduous. Keep outside. Available 1 2 months annually. Will not have any foliage during wintertime.

  • Maidenhair Tree. The only representative of among the very ancient genera, the Gingko could be described as a true living fossil as its ancestors flourished in several areas of the planet through the Jurassic Period, in the evidence of fossils dating dating back to 200-million years past. The Ginko Biloba is the latest trend in both healthfoods and bonsai. It is regarded in eastern cultures as the “Elixir Of Youth of Youth” plant. The herbaceous plants in the mystical plant are presumed to enhance health and memory. Easily distinguishable from the attribute two-lobed, fan-shaped deciduous leaves which turn deep yellow in fall. Fruits arranged in clusters are golden-yellow when mature. Keep outside. Available 1 2 months annually. May not have any leaves during fall and wintertime.

  • Hardy and simple to grow, this fine Maple will look great on an outdoor, deck or yard. Provide sun to be able to show best colors both in early spring and late into the the growing season. Deciduous. Keep outside.

  • Purplish red becoming green in late summer, deeply lobed. Red autumn color. Insignificant small reddish purple blooms in May-June. Deciduous. Keep outside. Available 1 2 months annually. Will not have any foliage during wintertime.

  • Actually the most exciting of the Redwoods is the Dawn Redwood, a native of Manchuria China. Believed to be extinct, but rediscovered in the 40s. The Dawn Redwood is a true Redwood. Like our Redwoods they’re a living fossil an isolated “relic” species from a number of years past when there were vast forests of these. Seeds were released in the US in 1948, and has been progressively well-known as an ornamental tree. The foliage is more lacey than our native Redwood but what’s different about the Dawn Redwood is it is deciduous. In the fall the light-green sprays turn yellow, then bronze, and fall-off. Simply the Larches do that. Keep outside

About Outdoor Deciduous Bonsai Trees

Deciduous Bonsai trees are great fun, and vividly track the seasons as their leaves change color. From the bare branches, which cast eerie shadows, to the first blooms of spring, and even through the dog days of summer, these miniature trees gain and lose their leaves exactly how normally sized deciduous trees do. You will even have to collect and do away with the leaves after they fall in the autumn just like all the other deciduous trees nearby.

Behaving just like their non-Bonsai cousins, outdoor Deciduous Bonsai trees need very little attention in the winter, but risk dehydration in the summer. Fertilizer is recommended once a month for these trees in non-winter months. Summer is also the recommended time to re-pot this type of tree, which should be done once every 2-3 years. Watering for these types of plants is recommended whenever the soil appears dry, which can approach a daily frequency if the tree is receiving great amounts of sunlight. It’s still vital to avoid over-watering this tree, which can be just as dangerous to any Bonsai tree’s health as dehydration.

Deciduous Bonsai trees are one of the more difficult, and rewarding, types of Bonsai to practice.

Artificial / Preserved Bonsai Trees For Sale

About Artificial / Preserved Bonsai Trees

If caring for a Bonsai tree is too much commitment, it’s also wise to look into preserved or artificial Bonsai trees.

Artificial Bonsai trees actually sometimes have wood trunks but are made of silk, or some other fabric, which is designed to look just like a living Bonsai tree. These low-maintenance decoration pieces are fantastic to add some life to a dull corner.

Preserved Bonsai trees differ in that they are formerly living Bonsai trees that are preserved to keep their look, feel, and even scent. Preserved Bonsai trees are maintenance-free and when done well, are indistinguishable from a living Bonsai tree to the layperson.

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  • The Money Tree is an age old token of good luck and an invitation to good fortune. A braided tree trunk with up to five (5) uncommon light green leaves that spread out over the very top of every stalk. Resistant and doesn’t need much attention. Hardy and incredibly tolerant of low light and dryness. It’s the most used plant for “Feng Shui” because it creates positive energy (“Chi” or “Qi”). It brings success and riches to your own environment and decorates your house with nature and all the best. Perfect for home, office, dorm or anywhere.

  • New miniature cultivar of the popular Ficus Benjamina with smaller leaves and extremely dark green colour and compact growth practice. Great for indoors in lower or higher lighting conditions.

  • Also generally known as Banyan Fig. The Golden Coin Ficus has little, dark-green, egg-shaped leaves that resemble the Ficus Microcarpa. It’s gray to reddish bark which is dotted with small, horizontal flecks, similar to tiger-like markings. Has huge trunk and is been trained in in the conventional bonsai style using a curved trunk. One of the most tolerant, versatile and trouble free bonsai trees for indoor usage.

  • Anthurium is typically the most popular and long lasting of tropical blooms. Our premium red Anthurium, from anthos, meaning flower, and oura, meaning tail, refers to the numerous tiny-like spadix. These brilliant red colored beauties (now in bloom) are the renowned all over the world. Real Hawaiian lava-rock is hand picked to give a joyful house to your Anthurium. Our Anthuriums have been specially hybridized for use as house plants because of the trouble free growing demands. With reasonable care your volcano bonsai should last for a long time. Area in a bright window or on a counter top without direct sunlight and greatest to keep a bit of water in a saucer/tray. Fertilize monthly at 1/2 power with a soluble fertilizer located at your local garden store or on our web site. Tray sold individually.

  • Here is the tree that we recommend if you’re inexperienced with bonsai or you don’t possess a green-thumb. In our view, it’s among the simplest bonsai trees to take care of and is an extremely beautiful “trouble free” ever-green. Should you not know which tree to purchase as a present for somebody, this is the tree to pick. This versatile tree is very good for home, workplace, dorm or anywhere and does well in low to high-lighting conditions. Our tree features tiny umbrella-shaped leaves forming a dense green canopy. Very popular and easy indoor care.

  • The most eye-catching feature of the Pony-Tail Palm is the swollen base of the trunk. The feel of the trunk looks and feels scaly like the foot of an elephant and is also referred to as Elephants Foot. The extraordinary thickening of the trunk serves as a water reservoir against dry spells, allowing the tree to really go up to four (4) months without water and causing no ill consequences. Excellent in reduced or higher lighting conditions. The Pony-Tail is a great option for home, workplace or anyplace.

About Bonsai For Dummies

Getting started with Bonsai isn’t rocket science. Like all plants, Bonsai trees need water and fertilizer. Bonsai trees are just trickier because they have less room for error, being so small. The margin for error between over-watering (risking root rot) and under-watering (risking dehydration) is minute with Bonsai trees. For this reason, it’s vital to pay close attention to your Bonsai and carefully monitor the soil.

It’s good to nail down early whether you will be keeping your Bonsai indoors or outdoors. This decision affects the type of tree you will be able to grow. Indoor Bonsai trees are limited to tropical or sub-tropical species, while any local tree species will qualify as a good candidate for an outdoor Bonsai, as long as it doesn’t freeze or get too much sunlight.

Once you know what species of Bonsai tree is best for your lifestyle, you can choose a ready-grown Bonsai tree, or you can start your own from a sprout or from the branch of another tree. Starting from a seed takes the longest amount of time, and is roughly a year or two slower than starting with a sprout.

Long term, it’s important to re-pot your Bonsai roughly every two years, to keep the root system active. Otherwise, the soil and roots of the tree can become compacted, representing a mortal risk for your Bonsai tree.

If you are beginning your journey into the world of Bonsai trees, Bonsai Boy has some great resources to get you started (click here to see the list of products and lowest prices).

We’ve picked out the best Bonsai trees from Bonsai Boy of New York for those just getting started.

Complete Bonsai Starter Kits

About Complete Bonsai Starter Kits

A great way to get started with Bonsai is to start checking out Bonsai Starter Kits. With any good kit, you’ll get a live, healthy plant in soil (ideally seated in the pot it comes in), fertilizer, wire, as well as basic pruning, and maintenance tools. A good starter kit will be enough to get you on your feet taking good care of your new plant for years to come. Various kits will contain different specific materials tailored to the species of your plant, so be sure to check for this additional information.

Pruning the tree you eventually receive can be a great first step. It’s good to start by clearing out the foliage around the trunk first, and then deciding which branches to cut and which to leave. Wiring the branches is a common-sense way to guide the growth of your tree in the early years, and is a great opportunity to begin designing your Bonsai.

Wire Tree Sculptures For Sale

About Wire Tree Sculptures

Another great way to enjoy Bonsai is via wire tree sculptures, if only for the lowered (or rather, zeroed-out) maintenance.

Like any collector’s item or piece of art, wire tree sculptures are incredibly diverse and without a doubt, there’s a unique wire tree out there waiting for you. Wire tree sculptures make great gifts, allowing the giver to share in the spirit of Bonsai, without committing the recipient to caring for a pet Bonsai tree for the next few decades.

High-end wire tree sculptures are incredibly intricate, durable, and eye catching. These impressive Bonsai can command prices into the thousands, though affordable wire trees aren’t difficult to find and can still be of great quality.  See below for wire tree sculptures with various price ranges:

One-of-a-Kind Specimens

About One-of-a-Kind Specimens

Every Bonsai tree is technically unique, but some are more so than others.

Bonsai originates from ancient China, where the traditional aesthetic revolves around light pruning, and generally letting the tree dictate its own shape and personality.

It was exported from there to Japan roughly 2,000 years ago, where Bonsai became more about echoing the lines of the wood, with heavier pruning and more artistic control. Thus, many of the one-of-a-kind specimens out there now come from Japan, where Bonsai gardeners pride themselves on uniqueness and originality.

Of course, still totally one-of-a-kind specimens can be found all over the world, and sometimes only become available for sale once in a blue moon.

Bonsai Trees for Under $30

About Bonsai Trees Under $30

While some Bonsai trees are collector’s items and are harder to find because of their rarity, there are plenty of great, high-quality Bonsai trees out there for the tighter budget.

Every Bonsai tree species is different and has different requirements for care to help the tree thrive. So it’s important to do background research on the type of tree you’re getting to make sure it won’t die on you a few weeks or months in, leaving you with a wasted financial investment.

With proper care, these trees can live for decades, so it’s a drop in the bucket to think of spending $30 on a tree that will live over 10 years. Some supplies of Bonsai run out quickly, but many of these variations are seasonal. If you find a good deal you like under $30 then why not take it?