• Bonsai shaping inspiration

    How you prune and wire your bonsai will determine its shape. There are many ways that your bonsai can then grow.
    Here are some examples of shapes that you can produce.

    Informal Upright (Moyogi)

    This is the shape that you'll most commonly encounter, and the way that most commercial growers will shape their bonsai.
    This tends to look the most aesthetically pleasing in the widest variety of settings.

    Slanting (Shakkan)

    Characterised, as is clear by the name, by the typically quite straight but leaning trunk.

    The trunk should be carefully considered, to have the nebari pointing in the opposite direction to the lean.

    Windswept (Fukinagashi)

    Again, as is clear by the name, the fukinagashi style appears as though it has been grown in a strong prevailing wind.

    Typically the branches will also be pointing in same direction.

    Literati or Bunjin (Bunjingi)

    Taken from the literati of imperial china, these bonsai tend to be stripped of their branches at the lower level with a crown of branches at the top.

    This can be achieved with very hard pruning.

    Twin Trunk (Sokan)

    Typically this shape is achieved by allowing one of the young branches to grow much thicker than would otherwise be allowed.

    The same effect could be achieve with growing two trees very close to one another, whose trunk then merge as they grow.

    Formal Upright (Chokkan)

    This is the most formal style of bonsai, and grown in similar fashion/shape as that of a chrismas tree; with a thick trunk at the base which gradually tapers. The branch structure follows a similar pattern.

  • Amazing Mother's Day Maple Bonsai Gifts

    Struggling with ideas for the perfect gift this Mother’s Day? Looking for something different, something personal and something lasting? Well, with Mother’s Day around the corner, we have just the solution to your search!

    We are pleased to introduce our new outdoor maple tree range, exclusively for Mother’s Day to give you the best gift for your mum.

    Japanese Maples (Acer palmatum) are a bonsai classic, admired all around the world. They belong to the ornamental trees for which there are many species, all renowned for their distinctive lobed leaves and transitioning of vibrant colours throughout the seasons.

    Our judiciously chosen maple for our Mother’s Day range is the ‘Katsura’; its striking display of leaves and ideal proportions make it such a magnificent showcase, regardless of garden size.  In the spring its leaves are lobed with stunning orange shades and complementary reddish margins. During the summer, they fade to a vivid green and a range of contrasting fiery red tones. Then in autumn they boast bold undertones of intense yellow, orange and red.

    With regular maintenance and care, your bonsai tree gift will a lifetime! They are easy to care for, requiring low maintenance, partial shade or full sun and healthy soil making it the perfect bonsai for beginners and professionals alike.

    Most significantly for Mother’s Day, the maple is symbolic of unconditional kindness, understanding and gratitude, making it the perfect, personal gift!

    So why not give the gift of a unique, personal and long-lasting maple bonsai to your mother this year?

    Beautiful seasonal colour of the maple bonsai tree Acer palmatum 'Katsura' maple bonsai leaves during spring

  • Japanese Flowering Cherry Blossom Bonsai Trees

    Prunus incisa ‘Kojo-ni-mai’

    Flowering Cherry trees (Prunus incisa 'Kojo-no-mai'), are deciduous bonsai and often highly regarded as an ornamental species. They are most renowned for their pale pink/ white showy flowers which blossom before leaves emerge in the spring and their remarkable orange-blush autumn foliage colour

    Some have ornamental bark, whilst others boast small edible fruit during the autumn months. Its leaves are shaped artistically and give it a delicate and dainty appearance.

    Cherry trees signify good fortune, new beginnings, revival, and future happiness, and so make a perfect gift for family and friends.
    I love the Cherry tree. It is a beautiful outdoor bonsai species which will enhance any garden, pationor decking. With constantly changing beauty the cherry blossom has so much to admire
    Cherry Blossom bonsai trees

  • Valentine's Day Bonsai Tree Gifts for Sale from Bonsai Direct

    google-header-valentinesValentine's Day Bonsai Tree Gifts
    We have a beautiful collection of bonsai tree gifts for Valentines Day 2019.
    Truly artistic bonsai gifts with free delivery to most of the UK.
    You can add a complimentary message to your order.
    This year Valentine's Day is Thursday 14th February.
    You can order NOW and choose Valentine's Day delivery at the checkout.

    Why send a bonsai as a Valentine’s Day gift?
    Typically cards and flowers are sent as gifts on Valentine’s Day; but bonsai trees last years beyond flowers which fade and die. Valentine’s day is a cultural celebration of romance and love, and what better way to celebrate than with a bonsai tree symbolising love & devotion. A bonsai will bring years of pleasure and be a beautiful reminder to that special person in your life; when flowers would be but a distant memory.
    Our stunning range of Valentine’s gifts are all beautiful examples of indoor bonsai, each being lovingly and carefully packaged in bespoke packaging. Full care instructions are included with every bonsai tree and you may choose your delivery date at the checkout.
    We offer lovely gift wrap options to ensure you special present looks even more fantastic and you may add your personal message in one of two ways; either printed onto a special waterproof label which is adhered to the ceramic pot or as a gift message included on the care card.
    Surprise your partner or secret Valentine on February 14th this year with a beautiful bonsai from the professionals at Bonsai Direct.
    All our indoor bonsai are potted into pretty ceramic pots; a beautiful touch to an elegant & artistic gift.

  • New in stock - Figurines & Temples to accessorise your bonsai

    We have had many customers express an intertest in being able to purchase Figurines and Temples to accessorise their bonsai trees. We are now pleased to be able to supply 4 new ceramic hand painted fisherman and temples. They are also beautifully glazed.
    VIEW ornate Chinese figurines & Temples >

    Bonsai tree temples and figures

  • Top Tips from Bonsai Expert Lloyd Noall - Autumn

    • Bonsai growth will slow, so please take extra care with the watering. Please keep the soil just damp as your bonsai will require less water during cooler days. Do not be caught out -the sun could still pop out!
    • Continue to feed all indoor bonsai weekly with Bonsai Direct Fertiliser. Deciduous outdoor bonsai should be fed until the end of October or when the leaves drop. Evergreen outdoor bonsai, such as pines & junipers, can be fed once a month.
    • Please place outdoor bonsai in a more sheltered position in the garden or an unheated greenhouse. Ensure they are checked for water on warmer days.
    • Ensure indoor bonsai are in a bright position as the daylength is now reducing.
    • Protect your indoor bonsai from cold draughts. They prefer an even temperature.
    • Mist indoor bonsai twice a week with Bonsai Mist. This will help counteract dry air caused by central heating and give your bonsai a conditioning to enhance leaf growth.
    • Finally, enjoy any seasonal changes ….

    All the best LloydTop tips from Bonsai Master Lloyd Noall - Growing bonsia in autumn

  • Gifts for the gardener who has everything - unusual gifts for dad, mum and sister

    Bonsai trees make unique and unusual gifts for parents, family members and gardeners who have everything. If you are trying to find a thoughtful & beautiful gift for a birthday, anniversary or Christmas then look no further. Discover the wonderful world of indoor gardening with a beautiful beginners bonsai starter kit.
    Keen gardeners make fabulous bonsai growers, as they truly understand plants and what they need. They also get so much pleasure from tending to these small miniature trees and enjoy the styling & pruning.
    All our bonsai are supplied with easy to follow care instructions. They are not difficult and can even be the start of a new hobby.

    Maybe you are trying to find something a little different, but unique & individual, for your dad, mum or sister - here we have some bespoke gift ideas just for them. We have put together this small range of birthday gifts for your green-fingered friends and family to give you a starting point.


  • Personalised Gift for Grandparents - Beautiful birthday or gifts for Nan, Grandad & Granny.

    It can sometimes be hard to find a great personalised gift for nan or grandad when it seems like they have everything already. Our personalised gifts for grandparents are certaintly unique and are the perfect way to show them how much you love them. Bonsai are not only a wonderful present but also can be the beginning of a new hobby, which can bring joy for years to come.

    Each of our special bonsai gifts come complete with a beautiful Oriental Tea Tree [always a favourite as it has small white flowers], bonsai fertiliser, a drip tray and pruning scissors. Also included is a white porcelain heart-shaped engraved Special Gran, or Grandad gifts tag.
    All our bonsai come with full care instructions and you can add a personal message on the pot or a free greetings message. A personalised pot message is only £1.50 - see the example below.
    Add a greetings message to your bonsai pot



    You can also choose the delivery date at the checkout, so your special gift could arrive on a birthday or just in time for Christmas.
    Bring years of joy to your Granny or Grandad with a beautiful indoor bonsai starter kit.


  • 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.

    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 20th December before 4pm
    Last order date for weekend delivery £5.99 - Friday 21st December before 4pm

    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.
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    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.

    A Perfect, Yet Unusual Gift, This Christmas; Why choose Bonsai?

    Struggling to choose a gift this Christmas for a relative that has everything? Or are you looking for a gift that will stand out from the usual this Christmas?

    Unlike many other Christmas gifts available to buy, a bonsai is a long-lasting gift and is exclusive to the individual. No two bonsai are the same and each one boasts different size, captivating colouring and varying exquisite features. We believe that by individually photographing many bonsai we have on offer, we can provide the perfect bonsai diversity to peak the interests of any customer.

    To emphasize this, we also provide personalized gifts and gift wrap options to make your choice of bonsai the best possible for your recipient that can easily be customized by you once you process an order through us.

    In addition to this, we offer order now, receive later. We believe that this is the best way to buy your presents this Christmas as you can never be too prepared. During the simple checkout procedure, you can select a precise date of delivery anytime in the future with free delivery to almost everywhere in the UK. We deliver 7 days a week to make your Christmas hassle free!

    So what else, other than individuality and long-lasting, does a bonsai gift have to offer? Our bonsai have a superb range which can brighten up the room of any house or garden for years and steal the show wherever you choose to locate them. Whether you choose a bonsai for indoor gardening, or a bonsai to elaborate your garden, we have something to suit everyone. From our striking Maple Bonsai, to the simple Beginners Elm, we accommodate for both beginner bonsai owners and experienced growers alike. Alongside any Bonsai comes a full package of care information, enabling your upkeep of the bonsai to be stress-free and easy!

    So, with Christmas steadily approaching, consider a different gift this Christmas. One which is guaranteed to stand out from all the other gifts, be personalised to each individual, and  one which will last because a special and unique individual, deserves a special and unique gift this Christmas.

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