• Enquiry about a large Chinese Elm Bonsai from Jonathan

    Ulmus parvifolia with die backHey guys,
    Wondering if you could help me please.  I found your address on one of the forums.
    I have no experience of Bonsais but found this plant (pictures below) at the bottom of a friends garden where it had been for years with no attention.  After a good prune and a bit of TLC, it turned in to a beautiful tree full of green leaves and lovely features.  My Bonsai leaves went yellow, then Brown just before Christmas so i took the plant outside and shook them all off.  I thought it was just seasonal as it did this as it was getting colder and I just kept watering it assuming it would come back in spring.  I took away all of the dead branches and leaves off (may have been a bad idea, but again inexperience kicked in)  After doing some reading, I can see it may have been inexperience in watering which made the leaves drop off but they have eventually started growing back, but only in one part.

    Should the rest of the tree recover, or am I destined to own a Bonsai with only one area of leaves?  There do not appear to be any other bud sites on the tree.

    I've started spraying it on a regular basis and I'm watering every day in small amounts (feeding once a week), but get the feeling I'm doing something wrong.  It was a beautiful tree and I'd love to get it back to its former glory.  I've never tried to repot, trim roots etc and have left it as it was when I found it outside.  It now lives on a South facing window with no radiator within 4 metres.

    Any other comments or thoughts from pictures would be hugely appreciated.  I'm an absolute novice, so don't even know what type of tree it is, but think it may be an Elm of some sort. Thanks in advance
    Jonathan

    Chinese Elm bonsai from Johnathan

  • Our Ultimate Beginners Bonsai Tree Kit - why is it recommended?

    Our ultimate indoor bonsai tree kit is a fantastic way to get started in growing bonsai and is designed with beginners in mind. The kit includes everything you need to get started with the wonderful world of bonsai cultivation:

    The Ligustrum sinense (relative of the exquisite olive tree) is a fast-growing, vigorous variety which is fun to style and prune and perfect for learning wiring techniques. Its strong structure, highly defined shape and beautiful proportions make it ideally suited to be grown as both broom (orchard style) or informal upright (twisty style) bonsai. Due to the mature age of the bonsai (14 years) it is very easy to care for with low maintenance and extremely rewarding to grow. The perfect variety for beginners.

    The ligustrum has a lush canopy of well-proportioned leaves and pretty exposed roots making it an exceptionally artistic variety symbolising peace, harmony and friendship. Its larger rectangular blue ceramic pot creates a bigger reservoir of water and the nickel colour mister/sprayer allows you to maintain the correct humidity during colder periods when the central heating is on.

    We also include a drip tray for catching excess water, bonsai pruning scissors for styling and shaping and fertiliser to provide the necessary nutrients to keep the tree strong and healthy. Our bonsai care handbook offers further information on bonsai care and cultivation as well as information on other varieties of bonsai trees. We also have in depth training videos on our website from bonsai master Lloyd Noall to help guide you every step of the way.

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  • Why does our Outdoor Bonsai Stock vary throughout the year?

    Outdoor bonsai trees for sale ….. Watch this space.

    If you have ever wondered why our outdoor bonsai stock varies so greatly at different times of year, please let me explain.
    Firstly, the range and diversity of outdoor hardy bonsai is vast and includes both deciduous and evergreen species. From late autumn to early spring i.e. throughout winter months, many of these bonsai are dormant and will have dropped their leaves. From experience we have found that people prefer bonsai to be photographed in leaf, so this narrows our window of being able to photograph these lovely beauties significantly.
    The potting season for indoor bonsai is vast whereas outdoor bonsai need to be potted when out of leaf but not during the harshest part of winter. This essentially means that we pot through February and March.
    Now for the exciting months… New buds and leaves start to develop from April. So, by May we can start adding all our beautiful outdoor bonsai range onto our website. We love this time of year. You will consequently notice that through late spring and early summer our outdoor bonsai range increases tenfold.
    Please be patient… Spring is around the corner and we shall be adding hundreds of new bonsai trees to this outstanding range. In the meantime, please clear your gardens and prepare your patios for some summer splendour!
    Our new stock of beautiful coloured maples, larch and more will be on our website soon.

    Larix Outdoor deciduous bonsai
    Japanese white Pine Bonsai
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  • Milestone Birthday Bonsai Tree Gifts for those extra special occasions

    Looking for the perfect gift to mark that big milestone?

    Every so often those big birthdays come along and you get the chance to truly spoil someone special to you. These important milestones should not be forgotten, they generally signify a move in one phase of life to another and should without a doubt be celebrated in style.

    Milestone birthdays which are generally the 16th , 18th , 21st , 30th , 40th, 50th and 60th are very significant in most people's lives. So whether it’s your sister, grandfather or partner who’s turning a year older, they definitely deserve a one-of-kind gift for this landmark in their lives.

    Delight your friends and family and celebrate this rite of passage with our outstanding range of bonsai gifts for 16th, 18th, 21st, 30th, 40th, 50th, 60th, 70th or 80th birthday celebrations.
    Our new range of milestone birthday gifts offers a choice of either broom style (orchard style indoor bonsai) or the larger twisty S-Shaped bonsai. Supplied with lovely little heart signs with the milestone age.

    Milestone bonsai gifts for special occasions
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    Each of our unique Oriental Tea Tree Bonsai (Carmona microphylla or Fukien Tea Tree) gifts exhibit pretty white flowers, artistic styling and beautiful glossy dark green leaves. The Oriental Tea Tree bonsai is an artistic oriental species that symbolises courage & heart and signifies love and devotion.

    This simple and elegant flowering bonsai is very easy to care for and ideal for growing indoors. The leaves are well proportioned and grow in neat clusters allowing the pretty white flowers and branch structure to be highly visible when flowering during the summer months.

  • Star Sign Bonsai Gifts - Artistic, Stylish, Unique & Inspired

    Do you know someone who swears by their star sign and lives by their horoscope?

    Our zodiac inspired bonsai trees make the perfect gift. Each of our unique bonsai gifts include a tree meaning tag and a beautiful double sided glazed zodiac pebble showing their star sign and astrological symbol on the reverse, which will be sure to leave them star struck.

    Every star sign is available so whether you are shopping for a fiery Aries or a competitive Taurus you'll be able to find the perfect gift for each astrological sign.

    Are you trying to please a Leo or excite a Capricorn? Find out the star sign of your friend or love one below:

    Aquarius (20th January to 18th February)
    Strengths: Progressive, original, independent, humanitarian.
    Likes: Fun with friends, helping others, fighting for causes, intellectual conversation, a good listener.
    Colour: Light-blue, silver.
    Element: Air

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    Pisces (19th February to 20th March)
    Strengths: Compassionate, artistic, intuitive, gentle, wise, musical.
    Likes: Being alone, sleeping, music, romance, visual media, swimming, spiritual themes.
    Colour: Mauve, lilac, purple, violet, sea green.
    Element: Water

    Aries (21st March to 19th April)
    Strengths: Courageous, determined, confident, enthusiastic, optimistic, honest, passionate.
    Likes: Comfortable clothes, taking on leadership roles, physical challenges, individual sports.
    Colour: Red
    Element: Fire

    Taurus (20th April to 20th May)
    Strengths: Reliable, patient, practical, devoted, responsible, stable.
    Likes: Gardening, cooking, music, romance, high quality clothes, working with hands.
    Colour: Green, pink.
    Element: Earth.

    Sag - Taurus

    Gemini (21st May to 20th June)
    Strengths: Gentle, affectionate, curious, adaptable, ability to learn quickly and exchange ideas
    Likes: Music, books, magazines, chats with nearly anyone, short trips around the town
    Colour: Light-green, yellow.
    Element: Air

    Cancer (21st June to 22nd July)
    Strengths: Tenacious, highly imaginative, loyal, emotional, sympathetic, persuasive.
    Likes: Art, home-based hobbies, relaxing near or in water, helping loved ones, a good meal with friends.
    Colour: White.
    Element: Water.

    Leo (23rd July to 22nd August)
    Strengths: Creative, passionate, generous, warm-hearted, cheerful, humorous.
    Likes: Theatre, taking holidays, being admired, expensive things, bright colours, fun with friends.
    Colour: Gold, yellow, orange.
    Element: Fire.
    Carmona - Leo

    Virgo (23rd August to 22nd September)
    Strengths: Loyal, analytical, kind, hardworking, practical.
    Likes: Animals, healthy food, books, nature, cleanliness.
    Colour: Grey, beige, pale-yellow.
    Element: Earth.

    Libra (23rd September to 22nd October)
    Strengths: Co-operative, diplomatic, gracious, fair-minded, social.
    Likes: Harmony, gentleness, sharing with others, the outdoors.
    Colour: Pink, green.
    Element: Air.

    Scorpio (23rd October to 21st November)
    Strengths: Resourceful, brave, passionate, stubborn, a true friend.
    Likes: Truth, facts, being right, long-time friends, teasing, a grand passion
    Colour: Scarlet, red, rust.
    Element: Water.

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    Sagittarius (22nd November to 21st December)
    Strengths: Generous, idealistic, great sense of humour.
    Likes: Freedom, travel, philosophy, being outdoors.
    Colour: Blue.
    Element: Fire.

    Capricorn (22nd December to 19th January)
    Strengths: Responsible, disciplined, self-control, good managers.
    Likes: Family, tradition, music, understated status, quality craftsmanship.
    Colour: Brown, black.
    Element: Earth.

    Full care instructions are included with every bonsai, free delivery is available, and you can choose your delivery date at the checkout. Gift wrap and greetings messages can also be added to any of our gifts.

    Give your loved one a zodiac inspired tree as a reminder of their best qualities and as a perfect gift for that unique event.

  • Christmas Bonsai Gifts

    Are you looking for something different to give this Christmas.
    Something beautiful and unique.. then we have the solution.
    BONSAI... the perfect gift to give this Christmas

    • Stunning, top quality festive bonsai gifts.
    • The choice to personalise your gift.
    • Optional gift wrapping in cellophane with pretty bow.
    • Fast and Efficient Service - FREE Next day delivery available.
    • Choose your delivery date.
    • Bonsai gifts to suit all budgets.
      BONSAI - THE PERFECT GIFT FOR CHRISTMAS

    Christmas Bonsai Tree Gift ideas

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    Christmas Bonsai for Sale

    England, Wales & Southern Scotland Deliveries

    Last order date for FREE Christmas delivery - Thursday 21st December before 4pm
    Last order date for weekend delivery £5.99 - Saturday 23rd December before 2pm

    We recommend that you place orders as early as possible to ensure you get the best bonsai for you!
    Please note: For Scottish Highlands, Islands and offshore destinations please allow 2-3 days for delivery.

    Your bonsai will be fine in its box for up to 5 days.
    Please keep at normal room temperature.
    2017 Bonsai direct Calendar
    On the morning of delivery you will be notified of your 1 hour delivery slot, so you know when its coming.

    You can reply to the courier's message and explain where to leave it if you are not in eg. with a neighbour or in a safe place!

    Bespoke safe & secure packaging

    To ensure that your gift is delivered in perfect condition we have designed the perfect packaging.

    Upon delivery
    Your bonsai gift will be fine in its box if you have chosen delivery on or after 20th December. For earlier deliveries please remove the bonsai from its box to allow it to have some natural daylight and ensure that the soil is kept damp. Care instructions are included with all orders.

    International deliveries
    We offer delivery to most European countries. Please see our delivery page for rates and delivery times.

  • Beautiful Christmas Bonsai Gifts

    Bonsai trees make fabulous and thoughtful Christmas gifts; they are beautiful & artistic and also make a beautiful addition to the room. We have an outstanding collection of Christmas Bonsai Tree Gifts for sale. Every gift is beautifully presented, carefully packaged in bespoke packaging and ship with care. Delivery is FREE to most areas of the UK.
    You may order now and choose a Christmas delivery date at the checkout!
    Last order date: Saturday 23rd December 2017 for England, Wales & Southern Scotland.
    We offer the most beautiful gift wrap & personalisation options.
    Buy a bonsai today and delight friends & family!
    Christmas Bonsai Tree Gift ideas

    Shop for Bonsai Trees now
    Christmas Bonsai for Sale

    England, Wales & Southern Scotland Deliveries

    Last order date for FREE Christmas delivery - Thursday 21st December before 4pm
    Last order date for weekend delivery £5.99 - Saturday 23rd December before 2pm

    We recommend that you place orders as early as possible to ensure you get the best bonsai for you!
    Please note: For Scottish Highlands, Islands and offshore destinations please allow 2-3 days for delivery.

    Your bonsai will be fine in its box for up to 5 days.
    Please keep at normal room temperature.
    2017 Bonsai direct Calendar
    On the morning of delivery you will be notified of your 1 hour delivery slot, so you know when its coming.

    You can reply to the courier's message and explain where to leave it if you are not in eg. with a neighbour or in a safe place!

    Bespoke safe & secure packaging

    To ensure that your gift is delivered in perfect condition we have designed the perfect packaging.

    Upon delivery
    Your bonsai gift will be fine in its box if you have chosen delivery on or after 20th December. For earlier deliveries please remove the bonsai from its box to allow it to have some natural daylight and ensure that the soil is kept damp. Care instructions are included with all orders.

    International deliveries
    We offer delivery to most European countries. Please see our delivery page for rates and delivery times.

  • Miniature Jade Tree Bonsai - "The Magical Clean Air Tree"

    The Clean Air Bonsai Tree

    The miniature Jade tree (Portulacaria afra) is a beautiful and very easy bonsai to care for, with excellent proportions and minimal watering requirements.
    It has a neat compact habit and is ideal for beginners and children to care for.
    This variety has been shown to be effective in carbon absorption (binding atmospheric carbon which is responsible for climate change) and aids in the fight for Clean Air. It can absorb more carbon from the earth's atmosphere than most other plants and is extremely efficient and effective.
    It can be eaten,  but apparently has a sour taste (personally I have not tasted it but I am tempted!) and has also been shown to have great medical properties such as aiding blisters and sore throats. The antiseptic juice can be used for soothing skin problems such as rashes and insect stings.

    With lovely meanings of good luck and prosperity, I think this is the perfect gift!

    The magical clean air treeLeaves of the Jade bonsai

  • My First Bonsai by Calista White

    Bonsai Blog by Calista White

    By Calista White

    The first bonsai that I had was a beautiful Ligustrum from Bonsai Direct. The bonsai I was given has an elegant ‘s-shaped’ trunk and the leaves are a stunning dark-green. It was within a blue pot, and the overall appearance of the tree was absolutely magnificent. My Ligustrum was given to me as a birthday gift, and I was glad to hear that it was good for beginners as it was easy to care for. At first, I was worried because I had no idea how to look after a bonsai! Fortunately, it came with a care handbook, which explained all that I need to know to keep my little bonsai alive and well. I was surprised how easily I could keep my bonsai in-shape and healthy. Even for those who have not had much luck with plants in the past, I would still recommend bonsais as the amount of skill needed is remarkably low. This makes them a perfect gift, even for someone that has never even heard of a bonsai before! I was, in fact, so charmed by my first bonsai that I couldn’t help but buy myself another. This one was a baby elm: smaller than my Ligustrum but lovely in its own right. Its short trunk stands straight and branches outwards from the top. It is, I must say, rather adorable.

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