Why does our Outdoor Bonsai Stock vary throughout the year?

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

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

Larix Outdoor deciduous bonsai
Japanese white Pine Bonsai
Leaves of the red oak bonsai

Milestone Birthday Bonsai Tree Gifts for those extra special occasions

Looking for the perfect gift to mark that big milestone?

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

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

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

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

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

Star Sign Bonsai Gifts – Artistic, Stylish, Unique & Inspired

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

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

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

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

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














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

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

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

Sag - Taurus

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

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

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

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

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

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














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

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

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

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

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

My First Bonsai by Calista White

Bonsai Blog by Calista White

The first bonsai that I had was a beautiful Ligustrum from Bonsai Direct.

The bonsai I was given has an elegant ‘s-shaped’ trunk and the leaves are a stunning dark-green. It was within a blue pot, and the overall appearance of the tree was absolutely magnificent.

My Ligustrum was given to me as a birthday gift, and I was glad to hear that it was good for beginners as it was easy to care for. At first, I was worried because I had no idea how to look after a bonsai! Fortunately, it came with a care handbook, which explained all that I need to know to keep my little bonsai alive and well.

I was surprised by how easily I could keep my bonsai in-shape and healthy. Even for those who have not had much luck with plants in the past, I would still recommend bonsais as the amount of skill needed is remarkably low. This makes them a perfect gift, even for someone that has never even heard of a bonsai before!

I was, in fact, so charmed by my first bonsai that I couldn’t help but buy myself another. This one was a baby elm: smaller than my Ligustrum but lovely in its own right. Its short trunk stands straight and branches outwards from the top. It is, I must say, rather adorable.

Question from Simon about leaf drop on a Chinese Elm bonsai

We have just received a message from Simon about his large Chinese Elm indoor bonsai.
It was delivered a few days ago and some of the old leaves are dropping.
We just wanted to give you all reassurance that this is nothing to be concerned about.
It is perfectly normal for a Chinese Elm to drop the old leaves during the first 3 weeks of delivery. It just re-acclimatises to its new position and is nothing to be concerned about.
Another reason it may drop more leaves in September or October is that the days are getting shorter so it feels a bit autumnal.
It will stabilize and in 4-5 weeks lots of new buds will emerge and then it will get going again.
The Chinese Elm (Ulmus parvifolia) does this far more dramatically than other varieties (some bonsai, such as the ficus, barely drop at all). However, it buds back quickly and makes a beautiful bonsai. Please do not let this put you off growing a Chinese Elm, in our opinion the character and beautiful proportions (combined with the ease of care) make it one of the best indoor bonsai varieties.

Bonsai Gifts for Father’s Day

Fathers Day blog

fathers day delivery options
Father’s Day Bonsai Tree Gifts
We have a beautiful collection of bonsai tree gifts for Father’s Day 2017.
Truly artistic bonsai gifts with free delivery to most of the UK.
You can add a complimentary message to your order.
This year Father’s Day is Sunday 18th June.
You can order NOW and choose Father’s Day delivery at the checkout.

Enterprising students from Chulmleigh Community College offer a day’s work for charity.

We would like to thank six girls from year 10 at Chulmleigh College for their hard work today. Olea, Kate, Meg, Calista, Abbie and Emily came up with this fantastic initiative and they represent the school’s values to the highest standards.

They have been helping with various activities including office work, pruning, potting & styling bonsai and have been a very cheerful addition to the Bonsai Direct team.

They are donating all their earnings to the Malala Fund‚ a charity started by Malala Yousafzai, to raise money for women’s education across the world. This is a worthy cause and the girls have embraced the work.

We would like to thank them all and celebrate their £120 donation to the fund.
All the best

Lloyd & Sarah

Chulmleigh Charity day

Father’s Day Bonsai Tree Gifts

SUNDAY 18th JUNE 2017
We offer a beautiful range of stunning Father’s Day Gifts with FREE DELIVERY to most of the UK.
So if you’re looking for something a little different a bonsai may spark a wonderful new hobby for your dad.
All our gifts have gift wrap options and you may choose your delivery date at the checkout.

Father's Day Bonsai tree Gifts 2015

Order before noon on Thursday 15th June for free delivery.
Order before noon on Friday 16th June for delivery on Saturday or Sunday (£5.99*)

*England, Wales and Southern Scotland only

Japanese Maples (Acer palmatum) as outdoor bonsai

Japanese Maples as bonsai

Maples (Acer) bonsai have always been a bonsai classic, a favourite celebrated all over the world.
Maples are beautiful ornamental trees of which there are many species, often renowned for their vibrant leaf colours.
Most are shade tolerant and are distinguished by their leaf arrangement and distinctive fruits sometimes known as “helicopters” or “whirlybirds”. The attributes of the maple family as bonsai trees is endless – beautiful colour, beautiful proportions, hardy bonsai, wonderful leaf shape.

One of the favourites is the Japanese Red Maple (Acer palmatum deshojo). The latin name ‘palmatum‘ comes from the hand/palm shaped leaves, which often have five pointed lobes.
This delightful outdoor bonsai tree exhibits truly beautiful and vibrant spring and autumn foliage which is a vivid red, fading to pinky/green in the summer months. The bark is often red when young turning a lovely silvery colour as the trunk matures.

Acer palmatum deshojo bonsai

Another fabulous variety is Acer palmatum katsura which displays vibrant orange leaves during the spring, turning greener during the summer and followed by a distinctive flame yellow in the autumn.

Japanese Maple with orange leaves
Katsura maple bonsai for sale

When considering the attributes of maple bonsai it is important not to overlook the English Maple (Acer campestre). This native bonsai will not disappoint. It has a beautiful leaf shape and incredible yellow/orange/red autumn leaf colour.
The most hardy of all the maple family so a great choice.

Acer campestre













Enquiry about over-watering or under-watering a bonsai tree and trying to determine what the problem is

We have received an email from James about his bonsai. It is obviously suffering from a watering issue and I have been trying to help him determine the cause of the problem. I thought the following information may be of interest to other readers.

It is not always easy to determine if the bonsai is suffering from over or under watering.
In principle over-watering is a slow deterioration where the bonsai is over-watered for many weeks, the roots begin to rot and then become inefficient at taking up water , you then see symptoms which look similar to the bonsai drying out. (ie. Dry and crispy leaves).
Minor over-watering is often characterised but soft black tips of the leaves.
Another indication of over-watering is the trunk of the bonsai can becoming loose in the pot and it may wobble.

The symptoms of lack of water (under-watering) are rapid, the leaves wilt and go dry and crispy and drop off.
The subsequent bonsai care is different.
If you think your bonsai has been under-watered and allowed to become too dry please stand the bonsai in water so that the water covers the entire pot. Leave for 5 , 10minutes and then allow to drain.
This will evenly re-wet the soil. You can then check daily and keep the soil damp (not too wet). A bonsai without leaves requires less water.

If a bonsai has been over-watered it will take many weeks to see any improvement. The roots must re-grow before you see any signs of new shoots. It is important to keep the soil just damp and not wet. Please do not feed a bonsai until it shows signs of recovering.

I hope these tips help.
Sarah – Bonsai Direct

Autumn Bonsai Tree Sale – Now On!

Bonsai Direct has just launched their sale of beautiful indoor and outdoor bonsai trees.
This autumn we have some amazing bonsai bargains. From large specimen Japanese Maples to pretty S-Shaped indoor bonsai.
With free next working day delivery to most areas and care instructions included with all our bonsai trees.
Please take a look at some of our lovely offers below.
Bonsai Tree Sale at Bonsai Direct this autumn

The Baby Bonsai Collection

Now showing at Bonsai Direct…

The very best in cute appeal – a wonderful collection of baby bonsai trees suitable for indoors. These little trees are taken from our Premium Range and are individually photographed with matching ceramic drip trays.

We have chosen Chinese Sweet Plum (Sageretia theezans) bonsai for this collection; they are particularly pretty indoor bonsai trees suitable for beginners. They have lovely reddish tips to the new foliage and small purple fruits as they mature. The leaf size is perfectly proportioned for growing as baby bonsai and the bark has a fabulous flakey aged appearance. With free delivery, these bonsai are excellent value and would make exceptional gifts.

Small bonsai are known as Shohin in Japanese. Shohin means ‘small, miniature or tiny things’ and these bonsai are very popular in the Japanese culture. In general ‘Shohin Bonsai‘ are up to 25cm in height and would sit on your hand comfortably.
Below we offer a collection of very cute Shohin bonsai trees for sale, we hope you love them.

The Perfect Gift for your Wife

Beautiful, artistic & unique bonsai gift ideas for your wife

Struggling to buy your wife the perfect gift? Perhaps it’s her birthday or an anniversary? Are you looking for something a little more personal than soap or bath-bombs or something sincerer and more inspired than a box of chocolates; have you considered a beautiful bonsai tree?

Bonsai trees have special meanings and are a considered choice. Bonsai, in general, symbolise harmony, peace, order of thoughts, balance and all that is good in nature. The Oriental Tea Tree symbolizes ‘heart’.

Not only are bonsai trees beautiful and artistic, they bring a little of nature into your own home and make wonderful gifts. We offer bespoke templates so you gift can be personalised and stunning gift wrap options. With free and fast delivery (with delivery 7 days a week), you can even choose the delivery date.

Over the past 20 years of selling bonsai gifts we have noticed that, in general, women prefer artistic, flowering bonsai with gentle flowing curves. The Oriental Tea Tree (Carmona microphylla) with its dainty white flowers, elegant trunk flow and pretty fresh foliage makes the ideal bonsai for your wife.

We’ve just launched our new website – Bonsai Direct

Bonsai Direct launches new website
Welcome to our new and improved website.
We have just launched our new fresh look website,
designed with you in mind to cover all aspects of growing bonsai trees.
We have the most comprehensive collection of bonsai trees and
accessories for sale with fast free delivery to most areas of the UK.

Fresh Approach
Here at Bonsai Direct we aim to grow the very best in quality indoor
and outdoor bonsai trees and gifts. We want our website to reflect
our high standards and we hope you find our new website easier to navigate.
We have focused on the quality of our images and offer a fantastic
gift experience and a delivery service second to none.

Mobile Optimised
We have fully optimised our new website to help you access information
whether at your desk, in your home or on the go.

Easy Navigation
We have extended the navigation to make it easier to find bonsai trees
for yourself, gifts for any occasion and bonsai accessories such as fertiliser
and pruning accessories. You may also search for specific bonsai varieties
and view their attributes.

Bonsai Care & Advice
We have an entire section of our website now dedicated to the care of
bonsai trees, with our latest videos on pruning, wiring and potting.
There is also advice on choosing which bonsai tree is the most suitable for you.
Bonsai Tree Care & Advice

You can now have any bonsai tree gift personalised for only £2.50.
We have a lovely selection of templates for you to choose from,
you simply need to add your personal message.
Personalised bonsai label

I hope you enjoy our new website & online shopping experience,
We welcome any helpful comments
All the best Lloyd

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