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Chinese Juniper (Juniper chinensis) – A favourite hardy evergreen bonsai with awesome character

The Juniper is a very hardy coniferous evergreen tree. The small purple berries/fruits which may be used in cooking, medicine or rituals. The berries are in fact tiny fleshy cones. They can be crushed and ground for use, as you would do with a peppercorn, as well as pressed for any juice. More latterly the berries are used as a flavouring in gin.

The trunks of Junipers are often naturally contorted and twisted thus lending themselves beautifully to the art of bonsai. The leaves take the form of needles of a deep green colour sometimes with a bluish-tinge. Hence it is often known in folk tradition as the needle yew. The berries usually take two to three years to fully ripen, so it is common to see both the bluish-black ripe berries alongside very green and under-ripe ones on the same bush. When fully ripe, the berries are about the size of a pea and have an aromatic resiny scent which is fresh and woody. You will often find the berries used in the perfume industry.

In short the attributes of the Juniper tree are numerous. It is is a much-loved evergreen that brightens up the winter months. They make awesome bonsai due to their beautiful and naturally artistic structure, evergreen needles, purple berries and flaky red bark and fresh fragrance. They prefer to grow on the drier side so are easier to care for and thrive in full sun.

Mythology and symbolism

In some areas, juniper is considered to be a deterrent against the Devil and witches. It was hung over doorways on the eve of May Day and burnt on Halloween to ward off evil spirits. It was said that you would prosper if you dreamed of gathering juniper berries in winter, and the berries themselves signified honour or the birth of a boy.

  • Purification – In many cultures, the presence of a Juniper tree represents the cleansing and purification of those around it.
  • Protection – The Juniper tree is a symbol of protection and is known to ward off evil spirits.
  • Power – The Juniper tree is a symbol of power and strength. It represents the ability to overcome life’s challenges which we feel makes this bonsai a sensational gift.

If you are struggling to choice a bonsai and fancy a touch of the Mr Miyagi then you simply cannot go wrong with the all time favourite – the Chinese Juniper (Juniperus chinensis)


Bonsai Trouble Shooter

We hope this trouble shooter helps you identify the issue with your bonsai.

Are you having trouble with your bonsai? Is it not looking in the best of health? Are you searching for ‘my your bonsai looks dead’?
Use our super web app below, so you can troubleshoot your bonsai problem. It’s easy to use: just click the relevant radio button next to the image which shows the type of symptoms you’re experiencing and press the troubleshoot button below.

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.
mottled with yellow, brown and black spots.
green, but crispy.
pale green to yellow and new shoots are long and spindly.
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. Following this, spray 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.

Bonsai Bugs (Including beneficials)

At Bonsai Direct we use Biological Control to control some pests in our growing areas.

Some insects are friendlies and should be encouraged. In fact, Biological Control – or biocontrol – has been effectively used against invasive species for over 100 years, and is the use of living organisms such as insects or pathogens to control pest populations. Furthermore, this reduces the need for chemical pesticides, just one way in which we are doing our bit for the environment. We would like to introduce them to you so you know they are beneficial if you see them:

I am a friendly bio control to prevent aphid

Although we use bio-control on our nursery, Bonsai Trees can still get pests which may require treatment.

Like all plants, bonsai get bugs. However, most of these are harmless. Bugs most often come from infected plants nearby, and come in through windows, doors and vents. However, having bugs on a bonsai is not necessarily a bad thing; some bugs can even be beneficial! We actually use ‘friendly’ bugs in our greenhouse, as they help deter other, more harmful bugs. Furthermore, these ‘friendlies’ allow us to avoid using insecticides which contain nasty chemicals, as these can often be harmful to the environment.

How harmful are bugs?

Over the last 30 years, we have grown and sold hundreds of thousands of bonsai. This means that we have had all sorts of bugs on our bonsai. But in all this time, we have not lost a single bonsai to a bug problem. Therefore, bugs are really not much to worry about! Furthermore, a lot of bugs are completely harmless and can often be beneficial. However, even the not-so-friendly bugs are still a part of nature, and it is completely normal for bonsai to get bugs.

Use the table below to help you treat your bonsai

Bonsai BugsWhat you can seeHow to treat it (if needed)What it looks like
Aphid (greenfly and blackfly)– These little guys are small green/black insects normally found on leaves
– They can often turn leaves and pots sticky and leave their white skins on leaves
– Don’t worry though! A few greenfly isn’t the end of the world, and a tested insecticide spray will do the job.
Ladybirds will also do the job!
Greenfly
Whitefly– These dainty little white flies are easy to spot– Don’t panic! A tested insecticide spray will sort the problem.
Caterpillar– These little critters like you to know they have visited, by leaving white webs behind.
Curly leaves may be a sign of caterpillar
– Caterpillars will turn into beautiful butterflies or elegant moths in a few weeks, when they will fly away to find a new home!
– However, if you are worried about your resident caterpillar getting a little too hungry, pick caterpillars off or cut off leaves
– If you really don’t like caterpillars, a couple of squirts with a tested insecticide once a week for a month should do the trick!
Caterpillar
Mealy bug– They creepy-crawlies look like tiny, fluffy white ‘woodlice’– An insecticide soil drench should ensure that these little guys do no more damage!
Scale Insect– Tiny small white/brown insects on the trunk and underside of leaves– There are a lot of natural predators of scale insect, including every gardener’s favourite insect: ladybirds!
– However, if you can’t find any little ladybirds around, you will need an insecticide soil drench.
Scale
Scarid Fly and Larvae– These little fellas are completely harmless to bonsai
– They are little black flies around the base of the tree or white worms in the soil
– Being completely harmless to bonsai, there is no need to try and treat these tiny bugs, and they will disappear naturally over a few weeks.
– However, if you don’t want these bug in your house, please stand your bonsai in a container of water for 1 hour so that the water just covers the top of the pot. Then allow to drain.
– If soaking doesn’t work, you will need an insecticide soil drench
Scarid Fly
Springtail Larvae– These small white insects live in the soil and are completely harmless to bonsai– These tiny fellows are completely harmless, and will naturally disappear.
– Don’t want them in your house? Please stand your bonsai in a container of water for 1 hour so that the water just covers the top of the pot. Then allow to drain.
– If soaking doesn’t work, you will need an insecticide soil drench
Red Spider Mite– These little bugs are too small to see!
– They main symptoms are web-like structures and pale mottling on the upper leaf
– For these guys you will need an insecticide soil drench
Vine Weevil– These creepy-crawlies can be identified by large black beetles on plants or small white larvae in the soil– As the beetles are fairly large, they are easy to pick off and re-home outside! Please stand your bonsai in a container of water for 1 hour so that the water just covers the top of the pot. Then allow to drain.
– Moreover, an insecticide soil drench will also do the trick, but please consider the environment!
Black Spot– As implied by its name, this disease presents itself in the form of large black/brown spots on leaves!
– PLEASE NOTE: these spots are very distinctive, and a few brown spots on leaves is unlikely to be black spot.
Infected leaves can be removed
– If the dreaded black spot is persistent, a fungicide will do the job!
Rust Fungus– Less common on bonsai, you will find orange, yellow, brown, black or white spore structures on leavesInfected leaves can be removed
– If this doesn’t work, a fungicide will!

We would like to thank Bioline AgroSciences for the use of some of their images relating to their products.

Super value, Super bonsai, Super prices……

Super value bonsai for sale

Fabulous bonsai specials

If you are looking for a bonsai for yourself or a gift and want real value for money, our Super Value bonsai collection has something for everyone. A choice for every budget. You will still receive excellent customer service, fabulous FREE next working day delivery to most areas, the choice of hundreds of preferred delivery dates and the option to choose gift wrap. You may even add a complimentary gift message.

A unique collection of our best offers all in one place. Furthermore, they are the perfect addition to your home or office without breaking the bank. A choice collection of indoor bonsai and kits for the price sensitive online shopper.

Thank You Bonsai Gifts for Sale to express your heart felt gratitude

Say Thank You To Someone Special With The Perfect Bonsai Plant Gift . Tailored for someone special to keep in the heart of their home. Furthermore, we offer Free Next Working Day Delivery. Beautifully selected and wrapped by hand. Online Gift Packages. Free Delivery to England, Wales and Southern Scotland.

We offer a delightful collection of Thank You bonsai tree gifts for the home. Gifts which will be appreciated as environmentally natural, beautifully artistic and trees with fabulous symbolisms. A gift which may be enjoyed in the heart of the home and a constant reminder of a good deed or helpful act which the recipient undertook.
Don’t forget you can add your own personal gift message to create a gift that truly unique and imaginative. You can also add a gift message free of charge and you may choose the most appropriate delivery date.


Our gifts include elegant twisty trees and kits including fertiliser, drip trays and pruning scissors. Show your appreciation with this very unique gift which will last so much longer than a bunch of flowers or a box of chocolates.


We offer free delivery to most of the UK and deliver 7 days a week.
A bonsai makes a long-lasting gift idea for the home or garden. We include beautiful ‘Thank You’ tag or balloon with many of the gifts. Say ‘Thank you’ for the help, advice or care that you have received from someone special and tell them how much you value their time.
Additionally, we offer foil ‘Thank You’ balloons with some of our gifts.


With Sympathy Bonsai Tree Gifts for Sale

Beautifully presented bonsai tree gifts to send your deepest sympathy message. Grown with love and carefully packaged these beautiful tasteful trees make an endearing gift and a lasting memorial; a charming way to remember someone cherished. An indoor bonsai is a delightful Sympathy Gift that will be truly appreciated by anyone grieving for a loved one. Something to cherish and nurture.

We offer free next working day delivery to most areas in the UK. Furthermore, you may add your own heart-felt message.

Bonsai are trees with beautiful meanings such as peace & harmony. The gift of a bonsai tree for loved ones will carry on giving for years to come. Moreover, it is a warm and moving way of keeping a lost loved one’s memory alive and creates a tranquil focal point in the home. A symbol of treasured memories.
Bonsai trees make sensitive and environmentally friendly gifts for sympathy, bereavement and memorials.

New Baby Bonsai Gifts – Celebrate the birth of a friends baby

Celebrate the birth of a new baby with a beautiful bonsai gift from this collection. You can have your bonsai tree gift wrapped, or maybe add a personalised gift message. A bonsai gift makes a wonderful keepsake and can grow and mature with the baby. We have beautiful new baby boy and new baby girl foil balloons which may be included or can be added.

An inspired, unique and unusual gift to delight new parents. They are their new infant can enjoy watching the bonsai tree grow and develop over the years. Choose your delivery date at the checkout. Free delivery to most of the UK.

We also have a range of bonsai with the meaning of a new beginning – perfect to celebrate the birth of a newborn child. Watch the bonsai grow with them!

With lovely pink or baby blue ‘New Baby’ foil balloons to celebrate the birth of a baby girl or boy. New Baby Bonsai Gifts make a refreshing alternative to flowers, babygrows or nappies.

Bonsai trees make the perfect Get Well gift

Bonsai trees make the perfect gift to wish someone a speedy recovery. They are extremely beautiful and many species symbolise ‘Good Health & healing’. Additionally they last so much longer than a bunch of flowers, and will be a gift to treasure for the years to come.
Cheer up your friend, relative or colleague with a beautiful tree for indoors. We offer FREE next working day delivery so your gift will be received quickly and hassle free so they will know you are thinking of them. Brighten up their week with a lovely gift and include your gift message free of charge at the checkout.
You can select a specific delivery day when you know they will be home. There is no extra charge for this service.
Tell your poorly friend how much they mean to you with a delightful gift from our beautiful range of ‘Get Well Soon Bonsai trees’

Stunning Retirement Bonsai Tree Gifts – The Perfect New Hobby

Bonsai tree gifts for retirements

Bonsai trees make wonderful retirement gifts. Many people have a little more time on their hands when they retire, so what could be better than a beautiful bonsai tree and a new hobby.
Bonsai make a very pretty gift, with gift wrap and personalisation options but are also great fun to prune and style.

A bonsai makes an inspired gift choice for someone you value so much! An enduring gift as a constant reminder of their contribution to your work place and a great gift for anyone with a little time on their hands – what could be better than a retirement bonsai gift or kit?

 

 

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.

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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

The 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 & well proportioned. The leaves grow in neat clusters allowing the flowers and branch structure to be highly visible.

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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’.

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 the 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 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. 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 re-potting should only be considered 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 re-potting of indoor bonsai is best undertaken during the warmer summer months when the bonsai is growing.

Bonsai tip
Spraying with a Plant Invigorator helps to deter pest and disease and helps keep all bonsai trees healthy.
Please avoid using air freshener near your bonsai, they are not overly keen!

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.

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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.

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.

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’s fairly neat and compact when growing 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 haven’t 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

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 fig (Ficus retusa) has dark green glossy leaves and is unusual in that it will tolerate lower light levels. The 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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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
Example of paper tree indoor bonsai

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.

The Pepper Tree is an outstanding bonsai with a fresh, fruity fragrance which symbolises purification, healing and protection.

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