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The Perfect All Year Round Bonsai

Evergreen bonsai creating all year round interest.

One of the many reasons that one may choose to purchase a bonsai as an interior house plant is that most of them are evergreen. This means that they grow leaves all year round and do not enter a dormancy period. Evergreen bonsai create an all year round interest, they will bring a small part of nature into your home even through the winter months. A bonsai tree is a relaxing and artistic addition to ones home. It not only only brings some fresh life into your room, it also brings some creativity and air purifying qualities. Evergreen bonsai grow faster during spring and early summer months. During this period it is fun to prune and style your little tree.

Indoor Varieties.

The Chinese Elm is a very hardy variety and perfect for beginners. These trees can actually live inside or outside and can cope with temperatures down to around -5oc; they will become deciduous (lose their leaves) if kept outdoors. They display rich green serrated leaves on beautifully shaped trunks.

The Miniature Jade is an extremely easy to care for variety. The leaves are distinctive and shaped like little gems; they are fresh and vibrant in colour. These trees are fantastic for children and beginners as they require minimal watering.

The Aromatic Pepper is a fragrant variety. These trees release a fresh, zesty fragrance when pruned; it can fill a room! The leaves are incredibly rich in colour and they are uniquely shaped.

The Ficus Retusa is a captivating variety. The leaves are rich and multi-toned, they are typically large in size. The twisty trunks display beautiful striations and aerial roots.

All year round Evergreen bonsai tree for sale

Indoor Fruiting and Flowering Varieties.

The Oriental Tea Tree is an elegant variety. They display glossy, rich green leaves which grow dainty white flowers in the summer months. The trunks are a cream colour with lovely texture throughout and there are often exposed roots at the base.

The Chinese Sweet Plum is a wonderful variety. The fresh foliage will grow tips with red/tan colours in warmer months; the purple plum-like fruits will grow in summer too . These trees are recognisable by their characteristic, flaky trunks.

The Tree of a Thousand Stars / Snowrose is a lovely variety with unique leaf shape. The vibrant leaves are pointy and shaped like clusters of stars; the foliage canopy will display an abundance of delicate white flowers throughout summer. These trees have creamy bark and highly artistic root structure.

The Roseapple / Myrtle is a delightful variety with red-toned bark. In warmer months, the canopy will display cream flowers and blush red tips followed by cherry-like fruits in Autumn.

To summarise, if you are looking for a scented tree to add a calm aroma to your space, or a flowering tree to add a pop of colour; these indoor trees display different characteristics and symbolise beautiful meanings. Every tree we sell will be delivered in a pot, we have a beautiful range of colours. If you are looking for something truly special, we highly recommend you check out our premium range. Our premium indoor bonsai tree collection features our very best in quality bonsai. They are individually photographed and supplied with matching ceramic drip trays.

Our Top Selling All Year Round Evergreen Bonsai Tree Range for Indoors.

Chinese Elm Bonsai Tree – Ulmus parvifolia

Chinese Elm (Ulmus parvifolia) Indoor Bonsai tree
  • Perfect for beginners
  • Fun to prune
  • Great twig structure
  • Easy to care for
  • Fast growing
  • Beautiful leaf proportion
Example of Chinese Elmbonsai tree

Chinese Elm Indoor Bonsai Tree

The Chinese Elm (Ulmus parvifolia) makes a truly beautiful bonsai.
The leaves are small, bright to deep green and are slightly serrated.
The tree has excellent twig structure and has great character throughout, making it the perfect representation of a woodland tree.
In our opinion the Chinese Elm is the most perfectly proportioned, easy to care for and adaptable tree and makes a superb bonsai. Can be grown as an indoor or outdoor bonsai.
A must for anyone and absolutely perfect for beginners. This is a fabulous bonsai to learn pruning, styling & potting techniques because it is fast growing and back buds quickly forming lovely dense foliage pads.

A bonsai tree with a wonderful meaning …

Furthermore, known as ‘The tree of harmony’; the Elm symbolises inner strength, intuition, wisdom & love.  A beautiful bonsai which symbolises love, balance, calm and peaceful energy.
Frequently purchased for the sentiment of love & devotion. We think it would make an astounding birthday or anniversary gift.


Chinese Elm Meaning

Bonsai in general symbolise peace, harmony, order of thoughts and balance.
Known as ‘The tree of harmony’, the Elm symbolises inner strength, intuition and wisdom.
A beautiful bonsai which signifies love, balance, calm and a peaceful energy.

Chinese Elm (Ulmus parvifolia) Bonsai Tree Care Summary

Positioning

The Chinese Elm is an easy bonsai to care for. It is not overly fussy about positioning. However, it prefers a position with good natural daylight but out of direct sunlight, especially during the hottest summer months. We recommend a position away from radiators if possible. A window sill would be great but avoid south facing window-sills in mid summer

Temperature

As an indoor bonsai the Chinese Elm is not fussy about temperature. If you are growing your bonsai outside, please place in a sheltered position in the garden. Outside this bonsai is semi-evergreen so you should expect the leaves to drop. For very cold nights (below freezing) we would recommend that you bring the bonsai into a shed, glasshouse or cool room

Watering

Watering is an important part of growing bonsai trees, an indoor bonsai is dependent upon us to check it regularly to ensure it does not dry out. Please check the soil daily whilst you are learning. To touch the soil surface, if the soil is wet or damp then your bonsai does not require water. When the soil is barely damp to the touch please soak the soil. Please view our video for help.

Misting

All indoor bonsai trees benefit from having their foliage misted with water. This is in addition to watering the soil. Misting helps to maintain the humidity around the tree, this is more important during winter months when the central heating is on, as this tends to dry out the air.

Feeding

If you are growing your bonsai indoors, please feed weekly with a liquid bonsai fertiliser. Please avoid using houseplant fertiliser as it can be too strong and scorch the roots. Bonsai Direct fertiliser is ideal for all varieties of bonsai has contains all the nutrients and trace elements your tree requires.

Pruning/Styling

An indoor Chinese Elm will grow all year (only a little more slowly during winter months). It is a fun bonsai to prune and ideal for beginners. We usually recommend allowing 2 new pairs of leaves to form before pruning back to the first pair. Pruning encourages new leaves to form and helps maintain a highly defined shape. New leaves have a fresh lime green colour. You can prune at any time of year.
If you would like to add shape to existing branches you could try wiring your bonsai. This is a technique used to add more character to your tree.

Growing/Propagating your own Chinese Elm 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

Young bonsai will require repotting more regularly that mature specimens. All plants become pot bound over time, and bonsai trees are no exception. We recommend re-potting or root pruning (if the pot is still aesthetically larger enough) usually every 2-3 years.

Bonsai Tip

We recommend a weekly spray with Plant Invigorator to prevent pests and diseases and to keep your bonsai healthy. This really stimulates the Chinese Elm.
Please avoid using air freshener near your bonsai, they are not overly keen!

Oriental Tea Tree Bonsai – Carmona microphylla

Oriental Tea Tree (Carmona microphylla) indoor bonsai trees
  • Pretty white flowers
  • Very artistic bonsai
  • Beautiful leaf shape
  • Low maintenance
  • For warm environments
  • Infrequent watering
Example of Carmona bonsai tree

Carmona Microphylla Bonsai (Oriental/Fukien Tea Tree)

The Fukien Tea Tree or Oriental Tea Tree (Carmona microphylla) is a simple & elegant flowering bonsai ideal for growing indoors. This bonsai has pretty white flowers during summer months & lovely green, shiny & waxy foliage. The leaves are unusually shaped and well proportioned. The leaves grow in neat clusters allowing the flowers and branch structure to be highly visible.

The Oriental Tea Tree is a stunning, artistic bonsai with beautiful white flowers which symbolises courage and ‘heart’, love & devotion. A truly beautiful indoor bonsai choice with a lovely meaning. A highly recommended flowering variety perfect for your home or office.

I think the Fukien Tea Tree is a truly stunning bonsai, with its dainty white flowers and glossy green leaves. I love that it is slow growing and needs minimal maintenance; it works perfectly with my lifestyle.

Tree meanings
Bonsai in general symbolise peace, harmony, order of thoughts and balance.
The Oriental Tea Tree is a stunning, artistic bonsai with beautiful white flowers which symbolises courage and ‘heart’, as well as love and devotion. We think this is such a lovely meaning!

Oriental Tea Tree (Carmona microphylla) Bonsai Care Summary

Positioning & Temperature

The Oriental Tea Tree is an easy bonsai to care for, but it does not like cold or draughty environments. This fabulous bonsai prefers a warm position in your home or office and likes a relatively even temperature without huge fluctuations. A warm lounge or kitchen would be ideal. Please position your bonsai with good daylight but avoid very hot positions in mid-summer so that it does not scorch.

Watering

Watering is an important part of growing bonsai trees, an indoor bonsai is dependent upon us to check it regularly to ensure it does not dry out. Please check the soil daily whilst you are learning. Touch the soil surface, if the soil is wet or damp then your bonsai does not require water. When the soil is barely damp to the touch please soak the soil. The Oriental Tea Tree has a very fine fibrous root system and prefers to be kept slightly on the drier side. We recommend that you keep the soil damp and not too wet.

Misting

Although not essential, misting the leaves of indoor bonsai trees helps maintain the humidity around the bonsai. This is actually more important during winter months when the air is dried out by the central heating. Misting should be in addition to checking the soil for water.

Feeding

Feeding with a bonsai feed will help keep your Oriental Tea Tree healthy, vigorous and encourage flowers to form. Bonsai are dependent upon us for nutrients and our Bonsai Direct Fertiliser has the correct nutrient balance and trace elements that your bonsai requires. We feed weekly throughout the year; your bonsai grows throughout the year, just a little more slowly during the winter months.

Pruning/Styling

This is a relatively slow growing variety of bonsai, so pruning will be mainly limited to the spring/summer growing season. This bonsai has a very neat and compact habit and it is easy to produce the highly defined shape that one expects from a beautiful bonsai. New shoots usually sprout in an upwards direction. Allow a shoot of approx. 5cm to form and then prune back to 2 new leaves with a sharp pair of bonsai pruning scissors. The new leaves are often a lighter green so this is very easy to determine.

Growing/Propagating your own Carmona Microphylla bonsai trees

We are frequently asked for bonsai seed kits but the reality is that these kits are rather a disappointment. They often 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

Young bonsai will require repotting more regularly that mature specimens. All plants become pot bound over time, and bonsai trees are no exception. We recommend re-potting or root pruning (if the pot is still aesthetically larger enough) usually every 2-3 years.

When re-potting the Oriental Tea Tree you want to minimise the disturbance of the original root ball. Often you will read about removing a quarter of the root ball when re-potting a bonsai; we recommend that you ignore this advice when re-potting a Carmona. They have particularly fine roots which do not like being disturbed. The root system is not vigorous so you should only re-pot your bonsai when the root ball is pretty solid. When you do come to repot simply remove from its original pot and tease out a few roots around the edge of the root ball, with a chopstick. There is no need to remove much of the soil. Pop into a slightly larger pot and add some fresh bonsai soil around the edge of the pot.

Please remember that re-potting of indoor bonsai is best undertaken during the warmer summer months when the bonsai is growing. You can find our bonsai repotting video here. We have also put together a repotting guide, which is also great for beginners.

Bonsai tip

You can also spray your bonsai with a Plant Invigorator to help deter pest and disease and keep your bonsai trees healthy. We spray our bonsai with an invigorator once a week.
Please avoid using air freshener near your bonsai; they are not overly keen!

We send all of our bonsai with free care instructions which are perfect for beginners; these allow you to get the most out of your bonsai, and keep it healthy and beautiful. We have also put together loads of care and advice pages; don’t forget to take a look!

Gifts for Every Occasion

We think our bonsai make incredible gifts – they’re unique, fun-to-grow, and are different from all other gifts. That’s why we’ve put together a gift range, allowing you to find the perfect gift. We also offer a wide variety of gift wrap, balloons, and personalisation options. You can choose your delivery date in the checkout, so you can have your bonsai gift delivered at the perfect time. We also provide free next working day delivery to most of the UK, and Saturday and Sunday delivery is also available.

Chinese Sweet Plum Bonsai Tree – Sageretia theezans

Chinese Sweet Plum (Sageretia theezans) indoor bonsai tree
  • Pretty purple fruits
  • Easy to care for
  • Quick and fun to grow
  • Easy to style
  • Perfect for beginners
  • Red-tinged new foliage
Example of Chinese Sweet Plum Bonsai

The Chinese Sweet Plum (Sageretia theezans) is a pretty indoor bonsai which has great character at an early age due to the flaky bark revealing tones of red/tan. The stunning foliage has hints of rusty red turning to glossy green. Small white flowers give rise to tiny purple plum-shaped fruits.
A really pretty bonsai. Ideal for beginners with fabulous character.

The striking colours of the Sweet Plum bonsai are one of the key features. It has small, glossy, oval-shaped leaves that vary in shades of green, giving it a fresh and vibrant look. Often the new leaves in spring and autumn months are flush with red tinges. It looks stunning. This is a compact bonsai with very neat habit. The trunk can develop a lovely textured flaky bark and aged appearance over time. It is an elegant species which is highly suitable for growing indoors.

Tree meanings

Bonsai in general symbolise peace, harmony, order of thoughts and balance.
This bonsai symbolises protection, health and wishes.
Wonderfully signifies new life, renewal and creativity.

A Beautiful Eco Friendly Gift Idea – Sustainable & Natural Gift for Birthday, Anniversaries, Christmas, Thank You’s and Get Well Soon Presents

A your looking for a special gift? Perhaps a gift for your wife’s birthday or anniversary presents for him? Bonsai trees make a cherished gift idea. A natural green gift which is environmental friendly. A joy to nurture and fun to grow. The make a superb feature in your home and it is wonderful to bring a little nature into your kitchen or living room. A Sageretia bonsai is a stylish gift tree which is beautifully proportioned. It would be ideal for those seeking a very special present, maybe something a little different.

Chinese Sweet Plum (Sageretia theezans) Bonsai Care Summary

Positioning & Temperature

The Chinese Sweet Plum 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 Chinese Sweet Plum 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 Sweet Plum 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 Chinese Sweet Plum 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!
Sweet Plum (Sageretia theezans) 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
  • Perfect for beginners
  • Very easy to care for
  • Develops character aerial roots
  • Suitable for darker rooms
  • Deep green glossy leaves
  • Resistant to most pests/diseases
Example of Ficus retusa beginners bonsai

The Ficus Bonsai Tree – A Very Easy Beginners ‘Fruiting‘ Indoor Bonsai Variety

The fig (Ficus retusa) indoor bonsai tree has dark green glossy leaves and is unusual in that it will tolerate lower light levels. The Ficus makes a fantastic indoor bonsai and should be protected from the frost. There are several types of ficus which are extremely popular to grow as bonsai – Ficus ginseng, Ficus retusa and Ficus mircocarpa.
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 superb movement and a positive energy.

The Beauty & Attributes of the Ficus retusa bonsai tree – The Chinese ‘Banyan’ Tree

Bonsai Tree Size & Proportions

The leaves of the Ficus bonsai are slightly larger than some of the other renowned species. However on a larger or mid sized tree they look truly spectacular. The are the glossiest green and rich in colour. This is an evergreen indoor bonsai with all year round beauty.

Features and Characteristics

The Ficus retusa is one of the few bonsai that displays the most sensational aerial roots as the bonsai matures. These roots often start from the trunk or branches and can create an interesting and eye-catching visual effect. As they thicken they frequently wrap around the trunk, forming artistic tendrils which add character and interest. The have great movement and give the appearance of a tree from the Florida Everglades. Aerial roots on a Ficus bonsai tree can be quite fascinating to observe.

The ‘aerial’ roots often appear as thin, rope-like structures that extend from the branches or the trunk of the tree. These roots might be light brown or grey in colour, and they have a slightly textured surface. As they grow downwards they meet the soil and root into the soil. A wonderful feature of this unique bonsai tree. Sometimes the roots even appear to be braided with the trunk – a sort of wrap around effect.

Perfect Bonsai Tree for Indoor Gardening

The Ficus is extremely well adapted to living in our homes. It thrives in most environments and will even tolerate rooms with lower light levels. This is not a demanding bonsai. It is easy to care for. Keep the soil just damp to the touch and possible, mist the leaves daily with water. This helps to maintain the humidity which is more important when the central heating is on and the air is drier. We feed them once a week with bonsai fertiliser to keep the foliage lush and healthy.

This indoor bonsai plant type is very easy to prune and can also be styled by wiring techniques. When you prune a Ficus it will produce a white milky sap. This is perfectly normal. Essentially this is the way the plant has evolved to seal the wound from pruning. The white milky substance is latex and this crystallises to seal the cut and heal. It’s a remarkably clever plant adaption.

A Beautiful Fruiting Bonsai Plant with Sensational Tree Meaning

The ficus is a fruiting species of bonsai. The fruits of the Ficus retusa bonsai, also known as the Chinese Banyan Tree, are small and well proportions. These fruits are often referred to as figs, although they might not resemble the typical figs you find in your local green grocer or supermarket.

The figs on the Ficus retusa bonsai are usually tiny and round, often measuring just a few millimeters in diameter. They have a greenish colour when they’re young, and as they mature, they might turn a shade of yellow or reddish-brown. A stylish bonsai which symbolises health, fertility and love.

A sensational Eco Friendly Gift Idea

This variety of bonsai would make an exquisite birthday gift or bonsai plant for an anniversary or Christmas. It is easy to care to for and supplied with care instructions unique to this type of bonsai tree. Thus, it is highly recommended for complete beginners. Like other indoor plants, this bonsai contributes to air purification, helping create a healthier indoor environment. Growing a bonsai tree is also associated with relaxation and lowering stress levels.

Aromatic Pepper Tree Bonsai – Zanthoxylum pipertum

Aromatic Pepper Tree indoor bonsai
  • Aromatic foliage
  • Easy to care for
  • Interesting glossy leaves
  • Unusual feathery foliage
  • Perfect for beginners
  • Something a little different

Zanthoxylum Bonsai – Zesty Pepper Tree Bonsai for Indoors

The Pepper Tree (Zanthoxylum pipertum) is an outstanding indoor bonsai and has a sweet aromatic peppery fragrance and bright green glossy foliage. Small clusters of tiny white flowers develop from January onwards. The bark is fissured and adds character & age to this very elegant & exciting bonsai. The Pepper Tree is easy to care for and makes an ideal bonsai for beginners. If you want something a little unusual then this would be my personal recommendation. I love it.
Bonsai in general symbolise peace, harmony, order of thoughts and balance.

Zesty Fragrant Leaves when Pruned – Symbolises Peace & Harmony

The Pepper Tree is an outstanding bonsai with a fresh, fruity fragrance which symbolises purification, healing and protection. It also signifies peace and harmony making it an exclusive bonsai tree gift for all occasions such as family birthdays, wedding anniversary gifts and Christmas bonsai tree presents.

Small & Wonderful Mini Indoor Bonsai Tree

Zanthoxylum bonsai are naturally petite, with dainty miniature leaves. The leaves emit a delightful fragrance reminiscent of citrus or pepper when touched, pruned or brushed against. Some more mature Zanthoxylum bonsai produce small, berry-like fruits that turn from green to red or purple as they mature. This is an extremely attractive variety of indoor bonsai; its great for beginners as easy to care for.

Wondrous Vibrant Mini Leaflets – Zesty Clean Fragrance

The leaves are pinnately compound, meaning they have multiple leaflets arranged along a central stem, resembling a feather-like arrangement. This form is very distinctive and quite unusual. Each leaf is made up of several leaflets, usually between 5 to 11. These leaflets are elongated and have an oval shaped appearance. The leaflets have a smooth and glossy texture on the upper surface, which adds to their distinctive design. The colour of the leaves can vary, typically ranging from bright green to a deeper, darker shade, depending on the maturity of the foliage. The leaflets are arranged alternately along the stem, giving the foliage a balanced and attractive appearance. One of the most best features of Zanthoxylum piperitum is that when you prune, touch or brush against its leaves, they release a pleasant and distinctive citrus or peppery fragrance. This aromatic quality is one of the unique characteristics that sets this bonsai apart. It is a fresh and zesty clean smell which is rather attractive.

Ligustrum sinense – A Beautiful Indoor Bonsai for Beginners

Ligustrum sinense indoor bonsai tree
  • Perfect for beginners
  • Fun to prune
  • Easy to care for
  • Low maintenance
  • Fast growing
  • Strong and vigorous
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.

Buy ligustrum indoor bonsai trees
Buy Ligustrum Indoor Bonsai (Ligustrum sinense) with free delivery to most areas.

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. They are 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.

A beautiful indoor bonsai!

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.

Jade Tree Indoor Bonsai requires minimal watering

Perfect beginners indoor bonsai for sale
  • Perfect for beginners
  • Easy to care for
  • Minimal watering
  • Low maintenance
  • Fast growing
  • Perfect for children
Portulacaria afra/Crassula ovata

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.

The “Money Tree”

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.
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.

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.

Help Me Choose My Bonsai

Help me choose my bonsai tree! All of the indoor bonsai we grow have been carefully selected to ensure that they grow well in the UK. Additionally, they are easy to care for and extremely beautiful!
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.

Tree of a Thousand Stars Bonsai Tree – Serissa Foetida

Tree of a Thousand Stars (Serissa foetida) indoor bonsai trees
  • Star-shaped white flowers
  • Pretty bonsai
  • Delicate foliage
  • Warm environment
  • Textured creamy bark
  • Infrequent watering

Serissa Bonsai – A Blooming Bonsai with Naturally Small Proportions

The Serissa foetida bonsai tree is a very pretty, delicately proportioned indoor bonsai, which has small elongated leaves which are smooth around the edges. The bark has great character and is a beautiful beige colour and is often flaky and textured giving the appearance of age. The added bonus being the beautiful star-shaped small white flowers experienced during mid-late summer. The Serissa is commonly known as The tree of a Thousand Stars bonsai or Snowrose Bonsai Tree. Please protect from frost. Ideal as an indoor bonsai.

Bonsai in general symbolise peace, harmony, order of thoughts and balance.
The Serissa is a dainty tree which symbolises well being, good luck and hope.

Serissa Bonsai – A Truly Delightful Graceful Indoor Bonsai Species

The Serissa bonsai tree is a real gem of a miniature indoor tree. The small miniature proportions are beautiful. A flowering variety with tiny snow white star shaped flowers which give rise to the more common names of The Tree of a Thousand Stars and Snowrose. These blossoms are small, dainty, and absolutely stunning in their simplicity. This is an evergreen bonsai species but is not frost hardy so should be grown indoors during winter months. It is extremely ornate and oriental in design. The leaves of the Serissa are naturally compact – ensuring an even lush designed miniature tree.

The Serissa bonsai thrive indoors, making them a popular choice for homes, offices, apartments and flats. It is well known for its fine and delicate branches, allowing for intricate shaping and styling. Its leaves stay green year-round, contributing to its beauty even during the winter months. Its responsive nature to wiring and pruning techniques allows grower to create various styles and designs

The Tree of Well Being, Hope and Good Luck

Are you trying to find a gift with the special meanings of hope or good luck? This has to be a top recommendation. The Tree of a Thousand Stars would make a spectacular Wedding, Anniversary or Birthday gift idea. It is creative, artistic and exceptionally pretty.

Caring for your Serissa Bonsai

This species of bonsai is very fine rooted so it prefers to be kept on the drier side. Consequently, less frequent watering is recommended. Once a week we recommend using our Bonsai fertiliser in the water to provide the bonsai the nutrients it requires to flourish. It likes a warm position away from cold draughts. A position with some natural light; but please avoid very hot bright locations during mid summer so you do not scorch the leaves. Styling is easy, it responds well to gentle pruning.

Picture of the stunning snow white flowers of the Serissa Bonsai tree

Chinese Blush Tree Bonsai – Loropetalum Chinensis Rubrum

Chinese Blush Tree (Loropetalum) indoor bonsai
  • Perfect for beginners
  • Hot pink flowers
  • Easy to care for
  • Striking colour
  • Purple foliage
  • Fun to grow
Chinese Blush Tree indoor bonsai

Loropetalum Bonsai Tree

The Loropetalum Bonsai or Chinese Blush Tree is a member of the Witch-Hazel family and displays the most fabulous bright pink spidery flowers and lush purple foliage. Another point to add, 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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The loropetalum bonsai is an exquisite variety which is hardy and can be grown outside or in a cool room in your home. Also, it beautiful signifies strength, light, hope, cleansing and inspiration.

The Loropetalum bonsai tree is a captivating and unique specimen. It adds a splash of colour and elegance to the world of bonsai cultivation. Also referred to as the Chinese fringe flower or the Chinese witch hazel. The Loropetalum bonsai is appreciated for its distinctive features and ornamental qualities.

Appearance: The most striking characteristic of the Loropetalum bonsai is its vibrant and eye-catching foliage. The leaves are typically oval to lance-shaped, with a glossy texture. Additionally, they come in a range of colours, including shades of green, burgundy, and purple. The colour intensity can vary based on the specific cultivar and growing conditions. This variation in leaf colour adds a dynamic and visually appealing element to the bonsai.

Vibrant Colours & Beautiful Flowers

Flowers: One of the standout features of the Loropetalum bonsai is its unique and showy flowers. Clusters of spidery, fringed blooms emerge in shades of pink, red, or purple, depending on the specific variety. As a matter of fact, these flowers are known for their longevity and can persist for an extended period, enhancing the bonsai’s aesthetic appeal.

Size: Blush trees are generally medium size, allowing for a substantial and impactful presence in a bonsai collection. The tree can be trained to exhibit an elegant and well-proportioned structure, with careful pruning and shaping to highlight its aesthetic qualities.

Cultural Requirements: Fringe flower trees thrive in well-draining soil and prefer a slightly acidic to neutral pH. Adequate sunlight is essential for the health and vigour of the tree. Although it appreciates some shade during the hottest part of the day. Regular pruning is necessary to maintain the desired shape and size. Wiring can be employed to guide the branches into an aesthetically pleasing form.

Seasonal Changes: The Loropetalum bonsai undergoes seasonal changes, with the foliage and flowers responding to the changing seasons. The vibrant display of flowers typically occurs in spring, creating a spectacular show. The leaves may exhibit variations in colour during different seasons, further contributing to the tree’s visual appeal.

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English Bonsai Oak Tree (Quercus robur)

Although I love all trees, the English Oak Bonsai (Quercus robur) holds a special place in my heart. So much so, that we chose to call our only son ‘Oak’ – our two older children are girls. I should have expected that our son Oak would tower above the rest of the family at the age of 12 years. It was a natural progression for me to specialise in the Bonsai Oak tree.

English Oak (Quercus robot) Bonsai Tree

Our English Bonsai Oak trees are fantastic representations of these majestic native trees. They form powerful trunks and main branches and make incredible bonsai. On most of our oak bonsai the leaf size is down to about 5cm (2″) and on some of the older ones they are about 2.5cm (1″) They are easy to care for and extremely hardy.

A bonsai Oak tree displays very distinctive and almost ‘iconic’ lobed leaves and pretty autumnal acorns. The English Oak’s representation in miniature form, mirrors the grandeur of mature woodland trees. The Oak’s powerful and commanding sturdy trunk, which develops character and texture over time, adds to its character. A deciduous bonsai, which needs a rest dormant period during mid winter. It has changing foliage colours, from limes, deep greens to red tones.

Oak tree meaning or symbolism:

With age the Oak displays a very powerful strong trunk, incredible exposed root flare with spreading design which is mirrored in the canopy. The bark is aged and craggy as one would expect to find in a very old woodland tree. The oak is an emblem of power, strength, ancient wisdom and survival and many nations, including England, have chosen the Oak as their national tree. In addition to representing qualities related to power and durability, the oak tree is considered a bearer of good luck, fertility, potency, healing and health.

Oak Bonsai tree

A few tips are listed below about growing and caring for a Bonsai Oak Tree.

  • The biggest enemy of outdoor bonsai is wind. Strong winds will quickly dehydrate any delicate buds and leaves so a sheltered position is preferable.
  • Although most bonsai will tolerate most weather conditions the ideal situation is a sheltered semi-shaded position. This helps prevent your bonsai from drying out too quickly.
  • Watering is the most important part of growing bonsai. Check your bonsai morning and evening to see if it needs watering. If the soil looks dark and feels wet then it will not require watering. Only when the soil looks light brown and feels damp will your bonsai require more water. Water thoroughly all over the soil until the water drains through the drainage holes in the bottom of the pot. Never let your bonsai dry out and avoid keeping it constantly wet. The soil should go from wet to damp between watering. Remember the hotter the position the more water your bonsai will use. If the soil surface becomes hard during hot weather simply submerge your bonsai in water, to cover the soil surface, for about ten minutes.
  • Oaks are deciduous bonsai should be pruned to shape rather than wired, as the wiring will damage the delicate bark. New shoots which have grown to about 2-3cm should be pruned using a sharp pair of bonsai scissors. Carefully prune back to the first pair of new leaves.
  • To keep your bonsai strong and healthy we recommend the use of a good bonsai fertiliser. Use weekly during spring, summer and early autumn.

all the best
Lloyd

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