The art of growing bonsai has been practised for centuries. First in China, then Japan and now the rest of the world can enjoy growing these beautiful little trees. Growing any living plant requires some care and growing bonsai is no exception. We have produced several chapters about different aspects of growing bonsai to guide and help you, but we hope also to inspire you. Growing bonsai is not difficult but for them to flourish the most important aspects for consideration are watering, feeding, pruning and re-potting bonsai.
  • Bonsai Care and Advice

  • Bonsai Care Information

  • Help Me Choose My Bonsai

    All the indoor bonsai varieties we grow have been carefully selected to ensure that you choose a beautiful bonsai which with grow well in the UK and be easy to care for.
    Below you will see an overview of each varieties' main attributes. Please click on the variety of interest for more details and bonsai trees for sale of that species.

    Our Recommendations.

    • If you want a very natural looking indoor bonsai, which is easy to care for, perfectly proportioned, not fussy about position, perfect for beginners and has a wonderful twiggy structure then we recommend the Chinese Elm (Ulmus parvifolia). This is a fast growing bonsai so it fun to prune and ideal for learning pruning & styling techniques.
    • If you are looking for a very artistic bonsai with striking Oriental appearance, pretty white flowers and deep glossy leaves then the Oriental Tea Tree (Carmona microphylla) is ideal. This is a slow growing bonsai so it is easy to maintain and will not require frequent pruning. This bonsai likes a warm position so is ideal for those warm and cosy houses. They do not like cold draughts!
    • For rooms with lower light levels and for those who want a tree with beautiful deep green glossy leaves, lovely textured bark and a bonsai which exhibits power and grace choose the Ficus. This is a fabulous bonsai, the easiest to care for making it the perfect choice if you would like a larger beginners bonsai.

    Our recommendation if you would like a fruiting bonsai or a bonsai with some variation in leaf colour is the Chinese Sweet Plum (Sageretia theezans). This very pretty tree has small purple coloured fruits as it matures and lovely red tones on the new foliage. Again this bonsai is ideal for beginners and not fussy about positioning.

  • Bonsai Trouble Shooter

    Are you having problems with your bonsai?
    If you think your bonsai is sick, compare its symptoms with the list of more common problems above.
    Leaves are turning pale yellow and dropping off.
    Leaves are mottled with yellow, brown and black spots.
    Leaves are green, but crispy.
    Leaves are pale green to yellow and new shoots are long and spindly.
    Leaves are going black or brown, starting at the tips and slowly working down the leaf.

    Mottling of the leaves...
    ...normally means that you have a pest on your bonsai. Spray with a non-systemic insecticide that kills a broad spectrum of pests , especially Red Spider Mite. Make sure you spray under the foliage and around the trunk. Spray again after ten days and then repeat after a further ten days. Always follow the instructions.

    If the leaves remain green...
    ...but are dry and crispy, then your bonsai has dried out at some stage. This often results in the death of bonsai. To ascertain whether your tree is still alive, make a small cut at the base of the trunk in a couple of places. If there is green just under the bark then it is still alive, if it is brown, then sadly it is dead. If there are still signs of life, then keep it cool and moist until new shoots appear. Be patient as this may take a long time.

    Long spindly shoots...
    ...with pale leaves usually mean that the bonsai is growing in a position where there is not enough light. Move it in to a brighter position avoiding direct sunlight all day. Prune back spindly shoots to the first pair of leaves on that shoot.

  • Jade Tree Indoor Bonsai requires minimal watering

    Perfect beginners indoor bonsai for sale

    Attributes of the indoor Jade Bonsai

    Portulacaria afra/Crassula ovata

    An absolutely fantastic indoor bonsai variety which is incredibly easy to care for. This bonsai does not require regular watering, making it significantly easier to care for. Ideal for complete beginners and highly recommended for children. A wonderful bonsai with character and beautiful proportions.

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    The miniature Jade Tree (Portulacaria afra) is an indoor bonsai which has small round pad shaped leaves and a compact habit.
    A highly recommended bonsai for complete beginners or children who are starting out – a very forgiving tree!
    This bonsai requires minimal watering so is perfect for those who forget to water!
    A tree which originates from warmer climates, hence its adaption to require less water.
    If you have a particularly warm room this variety will thrive.
    Jade trees often feature strongly in feng shui designs and make the perfect gift symbolising luck and prosperity.
    This Jade Tree is very similar in appearance to Crassula ovata [the Friendship Tree, Lucky Plant or Money Tree bonsai]; they are frequently mistaken. The Jade Tree (P. afra) has smaller and rounder pads and more compact growth making it far more suitable to grow as a bonsai. It is also hardier and faster growing.
    This is a variety of bonsai which is far better to be barely damp. It does not require frequent watering like other varieties. It is not frost hardy but will grow very happily in your home or office.
    Another wonderful quality of this tree is that it is very easy to take cuttings from. Cuttings are best taken in spring or summer, then allowed to dry out for a day before potting into a very free draining or gritty compost. Keep the soil moist and in a few weeks you will have a little baby plantlet.

    We believe this to be an exceptional bonsai that does not receive the credit that it deserves.
    An under-rated indoor bonsai variety in our opinion but one we highly recommend.

    Tree meanings
    Bonsai in general symbolise peace, harmony, order of thoughts and balance.
    The Jade tree makes the perfect gift; symbolising luck and prosperity

    Jade Indoor Bonsai Care Summary

    Positioning & Temperature
    The Jade is an easy indoor bonsai species to care for. It likes a bright position, with good natural daylight, but as with all bonsai, should not be placed in a very hot position in mid-summer. It is not fussy about temperature, but it is not frost hardy so would not be suitable to grow as an outdoor bonsai during the winter months.

    Watering
    This is very simple for the Jade bonsai. Regular watering is not essential. The soil damp be maintained just damp (i.e. water once a week).

    Misting
    Misting the leaves of your Jade bonsai is not necessary.

    Feeding
    Feeding bonsai trees is good practice. The bonsai rely on us to provide the nutrients and trace elements they need. A well balanced bonsai feed, such as Bonsai Direct Fertiliser, will maintain healthy and beautiful trees and promote growth, fruiting and flowering.

    Pruning/Styling
    The Jade Bonsai is a relatively fast growing bonsai variety and is fun to prune and style.  To maintain the lovely highly defined foliage pads and pretty canopy it is important not to let the shoots grow too long and straggly. By keeping the shoots trimmed, you will be encouraging back budding and new leaves to grow. Most new growth will appear during spring or summer. Allow a shoot to grow approx. 4cm and then prune back to the first two new leaves. Use a sharp pair of bonsai pruning scissors to do this. Within 4-6 weeks you can usually see signs of new shoots emerging further back down the branches, it is very rewarding.

    Growing/Propagating your own Jade bonsai trees
    We are frequently asked for bonsai seed kits but the reality is that thee kits are rather a disappointed. They frequently don't germinate and it is not the best way to propagate indoor bonsai trees. You are far better to purchase a bonsai, so you can enjoy growing it, and propagate new bonsai by taking cuttings.
    Another wonderful quality of this tree is that it is very easy to take cuttings from. Cuttings are best taken in spring or summer, then allowed to dry out for a day before potting into a very free draining or gritty compost. Keep the soil moist and in a few weeks you will have a little baby plantlet.

    Re-potting your bonsai
    If a bonsai becomes pot bound the roots cannot grow. Consequently, the tree cannot grow. The younger the tree the quicker it is growing and the more frequently it will require root pruning or re-potting. As a general rule you are looking at approximately every 2-3 years, and older specimens every 4-5 years. If the pot that your bonsai is in is aesthetically large enough, you may simply be able to root prune your bonsai and it may not require a larger pot at all. Re-potting is best done when the bonsai is actively growing during the warmer summer months. If the bonsai requires a larger pot, simply lift the root ball out of the current pot, tease out approximately one quarter of the root ball with a chop stick to loosen the roots around the edge and position into its new, slightly larger, pot. Use good quality, free draining soil, such as Akadama, and work around the edge of the pot. Stand your re-potted bonsai in water, so that the water covers the whole pot, for approximately 5 mins and then allow to drain.

    Akadama is a high quality Japanese bonsai soil made from dried loam. It is granular, so is free flowing and easy and clean to work with. The small balls also encourage the growth of lovely fibrous feeder roots, which is what we want when growing bonsai trees.

    Bonsai tips
    Please avoid using air freshener near your bonsai, they are not overly keen!
    Jade bonsai trees respond well to the use of a Plant Invigorator to help keep the free from pests and help promote new growth. We use this weekly as a preventive measure.

     

  • Potting Bonsai Trees - A Step-by-Step Guide

    Potting bonsai guide

    Bonsai Master Lloyd Noall has designed a fantastic range of bonsai tree pruning, wiring & potting kits which are perfect for beginners who want hands on experience growing bonsai trees. They include Step-by-Step guides and online tutorials and are designed for you to learn how to grow a bonsai tree. These kits include a Chinese Elm (Ulmus parvifolia) bonsai tree chosen for their fantastic ability to re-grow quickly and make beautiful and artistic bonsai, ideal for beginners. These kits include the accessories required to prune, wire and re-pot beautiful bonsai.
    Below you can watch Lloyd's Bonsai Potting Tutorial and see his step-by-step guide.
    Learn from the master!

    Bonsai Step by step potting guide

    Bonsai potting step 1 Remove the rootball from the pot by carefully working around the edge of the soil with the spatula.

    Bonsai potting step 2 Using the chopstick gently remove the soil from around the trunk base to expose any root flare.

    Bonsai Potting Guide Step 3 Loosen the roots around the edge of the rootball with thechopstick. Tease outabout 1/4 of the rootball.

    Bonsai Potting Guide Step 4 & 5 Step 4 - Cut back any loosened, straggly roots using the root shears to form a neat rootball.
    Step 5a - Position the mesh over the drainage holes, securing it with clipsmade frombonsai wire.
    Step 5b - Bend back the clips to secure the mesh in the pot.
    Step 5c - Thread an anchor wire through the holes in the pot.
    Step 5d- Sprinkle a thin layer of bonsai soil into the base of the pot.

     

    Bonsai Pottig Guide Step 6 Step 6a - Position the bonsai slightly off centre for best view.
    Step 6b - Add bonsai soil using the soil scoop.
    Step 6c - Work the soil into existing rootball using the chopstick.
    Step 6d - Ensure no large air-pockets are left in the soil.
    Step 6e - Take both ends of the anchor wire.
    Step 6f - Twist the anchor wire tightly.
    Step 6g - The anchor wire will secure the bonsai to the pot.
    Step 6h - Remove excess ends of the wire using the wire cutters.

    Bonsai Potting Guide Step 7 Step 7 - Water well ensuring the entire rootball is soaked.
    Step 8 - Your beautiful bonsai will require regular pruning to maintain & develop beautiful foliage pads.
    Bonsai Direct's Fertiliser has been specially formulated and should be used weekly to help promote strength & vigour. Please do NOT feed your bonsai for 4 weeks after re-potting.
    Growing bonsai is a journey which I hope you will enjoy for many, many years.

     

     

     

  • Wiring Bonsai Trees - A Step-by-Step Guide

    Wiring bonsai tree guide

    Bonsai Master Lloyd Noall has designed a fantastic range of bonsai tree pruning & wiring kits which are perfect for beginners who want hands on experience growing bonsai trees. They include Step-by-Step guides and online tutorials and are designed for you to learn how to grow a bonsai tree. These kits include a Chinese Elm (Ulmus parvifolia) bonsai tree chosen for their fantastic ability to re-grow quickly and make beautiful and artistic bonsai, ideal for beginners. These kits include the accessories required to prune and wire and grow healthy trees.
    Below you can watch Lloyd's Bonsai Wiring Tutorial and see his step-by-step guide.
    Learn from the master!

    How to wire a bonsai tree guide

    Bonsai Wiring Guide Step 1 Study your bonsai and identify any branches that need to be re-styled.

    Wiring bonsai trees- step 2 Plan your wiring & select the correct wire size and length. Thicker branches will need a thicker wire.

    Bonsai Wiring guide - step 3 Carefully anchor the center of the wire around the trunk so that the ends can be continued along the branches.

    Bonsai Wiring Guide - Step 4 Position the wire along the branch, taking care to place the wire & not tighten. Then trim off the wireends with the wire cutters.

    Bonsai Wiring Guide - Step 5 Holding a branch securely with your fingers, bend the wired branch gently into the desired position.

    Bonsai Wiring Guide - Step 6 Enhance the character of a branch by adding gentle bends.

    Wiring a bonsai - an overview Re-positioned branches create more space around the trunk, giving the bonsai a more classic appearance.
    The shape of the newly wired branches will soon begin to set (approx. 4-6 weeks).
    Please check your wiring
    on a weekly basis. If it begins to look tight please remove it.
    Once the wire has been removed, please re-wire using new wire (you only need to do this if the branch has not set in the desired position).

  • Chinese Blush Tree Bonsai - Loropetalum Chinensis Rubrum

    Chinese Blush Tree (Loropetalum) indoor bonsaiChinese Blush tree bonsai attributes

    The Chinese Blush Tree (Loropetalum Chinensis Rubrum) is a member of the Witch-Hazel familyChinese Blush Tree indoor bonsai and displays the most fabulous bright pink spidery flowers and lush purple foliage. This indoor bonsai has the most striking and colourful and is ideal for beginners and fun as a starter bonsai tree.

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  • Ligustrum sinense - A Beautiful Indoor Bonsai for Beginners

    Ligustrum sinense indoor bonsai tree

    Ligustrum bonsai attributes

    Ligustrum sinense beginners bonsai for sale

    A most fabulous fast growing indoor bonsai which is fun to grow, easy to care for and ideal for practising wiring & styling techniques. This vigorous bonsai is ideal for beginners and displays a strong structure and highly defined shape. Soft bright green leaves for a pretty canopy.

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    The Ligustrum sinense is a fabulous indoor bonsai variety and a relative of the Olive tree (Oleaceae Family).
    This is without doubt an all-time favourite beginners indoor bonsai and has so much to offer.
    It is very fast growing, making it fun to prune and style.
    It is very easy to care for and not fussy about where it should be positioned.
    It has a strong and vigorous trunk and shoots, resulting in bonsai with a powerful and artistic structure.

    The leaves of this beautiful indoor bonsai have great proportions with smooth edges and a wonderful fresh spring green in colour. This results in a very pretty and full canopy of leaves.
    As the bonsai matures it also displays pretty white/creamy coloured flowers.
    Grown as an indoor bonsai variety the Ligustrum is evergreen and keeps its leaves all year round. In our experience leaf drop is absolutely minimal.
    As a fast growing bonsai species this bonsai is a hungry tree which likes to be frequently fed with bonsai food, but is very rewarding.
    A great variety to practice bonsai skills such as pruning and wiring. It is easy to style and will produce a well structured and highly artistic bonsai. It will form beautiful informal upright or broom style bonsai trees.

    We believe this to be an exceptional bonsai that does not receive the credit that it deserves.
    An under-rated indoor bonsai variety in our opinion but one we highly recommend.

    Tree meanings
    Bonsai in general symbolise peace, harmony, order of thoughts and balance.
    The ligustrum sinense symbolises peace and friendship.

    Ligustrum Indoor Bonsai Care Summary

    Positioning & Temperature
    The Ligustrum is an easy indoor bonsai species to care for. It likes a bright position, with good natural daylight, but as with all bonsai, should not be placed in a very hot position in mid-summer. It is not fussy about temperature, but it is not frost hardy so would not be suitable to grow as an outdoor bonsai during the winter months.

    Watering
    Watering is a lovely and essential part of bonsai tree care. It is a simple, yet vital part of growing bonsai and only takes a few seconds. We recommend whilst you are learning to check the soil daily. If the soil is wet or very damp, please do not water your bonsai. When the soil starts to firm and feels barely damp to the touch, water well by either standing the bonsai in water for a few minutes or by pouring water over the soil surface to re-wet the root ball evenly.

    Misting
    Misting the leaves of your Ligustrum bonsai is not essential, but does enhance the growth during winter months in particular. In the winter, when the central heating is on, the air can get very dry and misting will simply replace some of the lost humidity and encourage new foliage growth.

    Feeding
    Feeding bonsai trees is good practice. The bonsai rely on us to provide the nutrients and trace elements they need. A well balanced bonsai feed, such as Bonsai Direct Fertiliser, will maintain healthy and beautiful trees and promote growth, fruiting and flowering.

    Pruning/Styling
    The Ligustrum Bonsai is a relatively fast growing bonsai variety and is fun to prune and style. The new shoots are often flecked with russet tones which really does make it look very pretty. To maintain the lovely highly defined foliage pads and pretty canopy it is important not to let the shoots grow too long and straggly. By keeping the shoots trimmed, you will be encouraging back budding and new leaves to grow. Most new growth will appear during spring or summer. Allow a shoot to grow approx. 4cm and then prune back to the first two new leaves. Use a sharp pair of bonsai pruning scissors to do this. Within 4-6 weeks you can usually see signs of new shoots emerging further back down the branches, it is very rewarding.
    If you would like to try some re-styling you could try some wiring techniques. Generally, wiring is used to give a branch or slender trunk more character and shape.

    Growing/Propagating your own Ligustrum bonsai trees
    We are frequently asked for bonsai seed kits but the reality is that thee kits are rather a disappointed. They frequently don't germinate and it is not the best way to propagate indoor bonsai trees. You are far better to purchase a bonsai, so you can enjoy growing it, and propagate new bonsai by taking cuttings.
    These are best taken in spring. Allow new shoots to grow 8-10cm and then prune with clean pruning scissors. Pop these cuttings into some fresh multipurpose compost in a small pot. Water them and then keep misting to maintain humidity.

    Re-potting your bonsai
    If a bonsai becomes pot bound the roots cannot grow. Consequently, the tree cannot grow. The younger the tree the quicker it is growing and the more frequently it will require root pruning or re-potting. As a general rule you are looking at approximately every 2-3 years, and older specimens every 4-5 years. If the pot that your bonsai is in is aesthetically large enough, you may simply be able to root prune your bonsai and it may not require a larger pot at all. Re-potting is best done when the bonsai is actively growing during the warmer summer months. If the bonsai requires a larger pot, simply lift the root ball out of the current pot, tease out approximately one quarter of the root ball with a chop stick to loosen the roots around the edge and position into its new, slightly larger, pot. Use good quality, free draining soil, such as Akadama, and work around the edge of the pot. Stand your re-potted bonsai in water, so that the water covers the whole pot, for approximately 5 mins and then allow to drain.

    Akadama is a high quality Japanese bonsai soil made from dried loam. It is granular, so is free flowing and easy and clean to work with. The small balls also encourage the growth of lovely fibrous feeder roots, which is what we want when growing bonsai trees.

    Bonsai tips
    Please avoid using air freshener near your bonsai, they are not overly keen!
    Ligustrum bonsai trees respond well to the use of a Plant Invigorator to help keep the free from pests and help promote new growth. We use this weekly as a preventive measure.

     

  • Indoor Fig Bonsai - Ficus retusa

    Fig (Ficus retusa) beginners indoor bonsai tree

    Ficus bonsai tree attributes

    The fig (Ficus retusa) has dark green glossy leaves and is unusual in that it will tolerate lower light levels. TheExample of Ficus retusa beginners bonsai fig makes a fantastic indoor bonsai and should be protected from the frost.
    It buds back very quickly after pruning and has an immense amount of character in the truck and aerial root system. A very powerful bonsai, fun and easy to care for. It is also less susceptible to pest attack. Protect from cold (min 10oC). Fabulous bonsai for beginners and ideal for the home or office.
    Bonsai in general symbolise peace, harmony, order of thoughts and balance.
    The Fig symbolises fertility and love.
    The Bible indicates that the Fig tree has spiritual meaning.
    The tree that signifies health both spiritually and physically.
    A tree with energy.

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