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With Sympathy Gifts for Sale – Beautiful Bonsai Gifts

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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. With sympathy gifts are a beautiful way of sending a message, without saying a word when you don’t know what to say.

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 condolences, bereavement and memorials.

When gifting a bonsai through meaning, you are sending messages. Each variety of bonsai carry different symbolism.
View our Bonsai Meanings page to gift through symbolism.

Why my favourite bonsai is the Chinese Elm …. by Holly

The Chinese Elm Bonsai (Ulmus parviflolia) is arguably the most popular indoor bonsai in the UK and I love it!

Well styled Chinese Elm bonsai have the most powerful, elegant, twisty trunks, which gives the bonsai character and artistic appeal. Their leaves are a beautiful, light emerald with stunning serrated edges. They will give your house a bright, fresh feel, even through the winter. In autumn, the foliage is often flecked with lovely russet colours. The bark on the Chinese Elm has a very natural aged look. If you’re like me and you enjoy going for walks through the woods, then this indoor bonsai is the best example of a woodland tree.

And that’s not all! The Chinese Elm is a very fast growing tree, which means I never get bored. I really enjoy styling and shaping my bonsai and the faster it grows the more I get to do. I frequently enjoy pruning on a weekly basis during the spring and summer months. It is a particularly easy bonsai to grow, so I don’t need to worry about getting it wrong. It is also not overly fussy about positioning so I can grow one in my bedroom. I feel that the Chinese Elm makes a perfect beginners bonsai!

When I compare indoor bonsai varieties, the striking difference that sets the Chinese Elm apart from all others, is the twiggy and intricate detailing. The more you prune the Chinese Elm the better it gets!

Personally, I like a bonsai to display beautiful roots which sweep up from the soil and gently flow into the trunk. It reminds me of a large woodland tree which is well anchored into the soil.

Here are a few of our Chinese Elm bonsai

We offer free next working day on all bonsai. Alternatively, you can choose your preferred delivery date at the checkout. You can add extras including gift wrap, balloons, and personalised hanging tags once you add the bonsai to the basket. You will also receive a care guide with tips, general variety information and symbolism with each bonsai.

Please keep in touch!

An eco-friendly bonsai tree from a small, independent UK business who are conscious about their sustainability and are helping to fight the fight for clean air.

If you are unsure about which bonsai tree is best for you, for your gift, or you have any other queries, please contact us and one of our friendly team will get back to you.

Make sure you sign up for our newsletter  (at the bottom of the page) for priority access to new products and exclusive offers. You can also find us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, TikTok and Pinterest for behind the scenes, tutorials and lots of other care advice!

Buy bonsai with confidence – Bonsai Direct Testimonials

Maple bonsai foliageWelcome to the Bonsai Direct Testimonials

BONSAI DIRECT is a leading online bonsai tree nursery – offering top quality bonsai trees and unique stylish bonsai gifts, with next day delivery available. We are dedicated to the highest levels of customer service and pride ourselves on the importance of delivering bonsai and bonsai gifts with care. We offer a stunning range of indoor bonsai trees, bonsai pots, bonsai tools, outdoor bonsai, bonsai accessories and quality gifts for all occasions. It is important that we give you piece of mind ordering online with our testimonials.

So whatever the occasion; a birthday, anniversary, new baby, new home, wedding, retirement, Christmas,Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day or to send congratulations, you can be sure that BONSAI DIRECT (The BIG Little Tree Experts), will deliver the perfect gift. Bonsai Direct also offers the ideal solution to striking corporate gifts with a difference.

Please don’t just take our word for it! Here are just a few of the lovely comments which we receive from our satisfied customers:

Testimonials

May I congratulate you on your excellent service. After my initial query was courteously and pleasantly answered by Sarah my order was despatched quickly and conveniently to me.The Bonsai gift was a present ‘to the chief instructors from the students’ on the tenth anniversary of the karate club. They were very pleased at their beautiful gift!
Thanks again,
Best wishes,
Gerard, Sheffield.

Just to tell you the Bonsai that I ordered is BEAUTIFUL, my sister (Karen, the recipient) loves it, and it was a really inspired gift.
Kym
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Hello, I recently purchased a Bonsai tree starter pack as a gift for my partner, and i just wanted to say thank you, fast delivery and the tree has clearly been well packaged and looked after, he loves it..thank you
Jen
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Just wanted to let you all know how pleased I was with my Tree of a Thousand Stars!
It arrived in beautiful condition and very well protected for the journey.
I wasn’t sure about ordering a Bonsai through the internet but I’m glad I ordered it through you! Excellent Bonsai’s for a very reasonable price, and always nice to have free delivery. Looking at ordering a second one from you already!
Thank you again Bonsai Direct!
Nadia
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“Beautifully packaged and protected”

Hello Bonsai direct
I just wanted to thank you for my beautiful Bonsai Tree. Its a Christmas present for my husband. I received it on Monday as expected, beautifully packaged and protected. When I opened it I am really pleased with it.
I wasn’t sure whether it was a good idea to buy one off of the Internet but I am so pleased I did. and so pleased I choose your site.
Thank you very much for all your emails and correspondence.

We will do our very best to look after it as well as you have done.
Many Thanks
Cynamon Scott
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Just wanted to say a huge ‘thank you’ for a fantastic bonsai tree – far better than any I have found in garden centres. It was a surprise to find it wrapped so nicely and delivered quickly! I look forward to buying more from you in future and recommending you to my friends.
With thanks, Rachel (Essex)
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Hello this is not an enquiry as such, more a BIG THANK YOU for your fabulous website, for the marvellous idea for balloons with the Bonsai and for the professional way in which the driver delivered the gift. My Sister was delighted with it! So am I. Credit where credit is due.. Once again THANK YOU SOO MUCH!
Lynda (Hampshire)
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“Our member of staff cried when she saw her tree”

Thank you very much for the Bonsai you recommended for us. It was a beautiful tree. Our lovely member of staff cried when she saw her tree. She is such a sweetie and loves the outdoors, but where she lives there is no chance of seeing trees without them being snapped off at the roots before they have a chance.

Many thanks again, Moyna PS, She brought into work her SPECIAL chicken noodles for me, WOW worth every penny!

Thank you for delivering my Aunts Bonsai on the 1st April as ordered, She was thrilled with it and it saved me lots of time and effort finding one locally. I will recommend your service to every one. A **** THANKS AGAIN

Ellie Gibbs (Hampshire)
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“Very happy and healthy”

Just wanted to drop a quick note to say how much I’ve appreciated the service and product from Bonsai Direct. The trees arrived the next day immaculately packaged and looking very happy and healthy.
They’ve really brightened up my office!
Thanks!
Kevin (London)
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Dear Sarah,
Thank you for sending me the second Chinese elm Bonsai which I received promptly this morning. I cannot thank you enough for the advice and service provided by yourself and Lloyd. Both Bonsai’s are absolutely beautiful. You obviously take a great deal of care looking after them. I would have no hesitation in recommending you to anyone else interested in Bonsai’s and I hope to have further dealings with you in the not too distant future.
Again, many thanks.
Regards,
John Smith (Slough)
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Thank you so much for our Bonsai. I’m so glad i did my research and chose to buy from your site. ?The tree is amazing and the quality couldn’t be any better. You can tell its been well looked after. I can’t wait to give it to my partner tomorrow 🙂

Thank you again. For any more Bonsai needs I will definitely be coming back to you, and i have already told my friends about you 😀

Merry Christmas.
Teri
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“I will certainly be ordering again”

Hi, I recently purchased a bonsai tree from you and I just wanted let you know how impressed with tree I was and also with your service. The ordering process was incredibly easy, the delivery options were great and the bonsai tree arrived exactly when I expected and in perfect condition.
I will certainly be ordering from you again as it was a brilliant gift.
Thank you very much.
Best wishes
Heather
Heather I Practice Manager
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Just a quick thank you for sending one of your bonsai’s to my friend for her birthday. She was delighted with it!
You made the nightmare of choosing a present really easy!!
Many thanks again
Jackie Lightford
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We offer free next working day on all bonsai. Alternatively, you can choose your preferred delivery date at the checkout. You can add extras including gift wrap, balloons, and personalised hanging tags once you add the bonsai to the basket. You will also receive a care guide with tips, general variety information and symbolism with each bonsai.

Please keep in touch!

An eco-friendly bonsai tree from a small, independent UK business who are conscious about their sustainability and are helping to fight the fight for clean air.

If you are unsure about which bonsai tree is best for you, for your gift, or you have any other queries, please contact us and one of our friendly team will get back to you.

Make sure you sign up for our newsletter  (at the bottom of the page) for priority access to new products and exclusive offers. You can also find us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, TikTok and Pinterest for behind the scenes, tutorials and lots of other care advice!

Indoor Bonsai for Beginners.

We have been frequently asked which are the best indoor bonsai for beginners.
This depends a little on the conditions in the room where you want to grow your bonsai.
I hope this guide to the different varieties of indoor bonsai trees will help you make the perfect choice for you.

Chinese Elm Bonsai (Ulmus parvifolia) – The Ultimate Beginners Bonsai

The Chinese Elm makes a truly beautiful bonsai with small bright green leaves. This bonsai 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; which can be grown either indoors or outdoors. I think that I would rate this as my number one choice , it is a perfectly proportioned bonsai, is easy to care for and if not fussy about location. It also has the best twisty s-shaped trunk!

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.

Oriental Tea Tree Bonsai (Carmona microphylla)

The Oriental Tea Tree is a simple and elegant tree ideal for growing indoors. This bonsai has pretty white flowers during summer months and lovely green, shiny and 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. A highly appealing and artistic bonsai. When I first grew the Oriental Tea tree bonsai I was a little disappointed, but I have learned the secret of this bonsai. It likes a warm location! This is the perfect bonsai for all those Aga lovers or warm living rooms. It likes a steady temperature and hates to be cold , but this bonsai will reward you. It has very pretty white flowers and is neat in habit. The shiny waxy leaves make it highly appealing.

The Oriental Tea Tree is a stunning, artistic bonsai with beautiful white flowers which symbolises courage and ‘heart’.

Rose Apple Myrtle (Syzygium Buxifolium)

The stunning Rose Apple Myrtle (Syzygium Buxifolium) is a native species to South Africa and is commonly called a Roseapple/Brush Cherry or Myrtle. They get their names from the small bright red fruits which have a cherry-like appearance. Additionally, beautiful soft cream flowers precede the fruits are have wonderful long stamens which give them a star-burst appearance.
The leaves of this species are naturally small in size giving this bonsai as naturally dainty stature. The new leaves are often flushed with a blush-red colour and fade to a dark green. A easy variety to grow and ideal for beginners.

Furthermore, the Roseapple bonsai has been a symbol of love, hence has become an emblem for marriage. It is also believed to be the flower of the gods, being sacred to the Greek goddess Aphrodite, the goddess of love. … This variety also symbolises good fortune. It is believed that cultivating a Roseapple plant will usher in peace and love to your home. This plant is also considered a representation for long life, as well as joyful living. It is very elegant bonsai tree that many people love to grow in their homes.

Chinese Sweet Plum (Sageretia theezans)

The Chinese Sweet Plum 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 plum-shaped fruits. A really pretty bonsai. I think this bonsai is one of our favourite indoor bonsai trees, it is easy to care for, has lovely shapes and interesting foliage colour. It can suffer a little from die back so you need to keep on top of the pruning on this bonsai and not allow it to become too leggy. This bonsai would complement a Chinese Elm very well. This bonsai symbolises protection, creativity, new life & warm wishes

Fig Bonsai (Ficus retusa)

The fig has dark green glossy leaves and is unusual in that it will tolerate lower light levels. The fig makes a fantastic indoor bonsai; 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. I believe the Fig to be a highly under-rated bonsai. It is with out doubt the easiest bonsai to care for and the one variety of bonsai which will do well even in low light levels. This bonsai has to be near the top of the list for beginners. I can only assume that it is less popular because it has larger leaves, but it more than compensates for this by the stunning trunk, root system and lovely glossy foliage.

The Fig symbolises fertility and love. The Bible indicates that the Fig tree has spiritual meaning. The tree signifies health both spiritually and physically. If you are struggling to choose the perfect bonsai you cannot go wrong with a Ficus.

Sweet Aromatic Pepper Tree Bonsai (Zanthoxylum piperitum)

This lovely fragrant Pepper Tree bonsai 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 and age to this very elegant and exciting bonsai. This bonsai is for those who want something a little different. It is an easy bonsai to grow so would be great for beginners but it offers something a little different , I love the fresh fruity fragrance when pruning or when the foliage is rubbed. The leaves are very nicely proportioned and grow along fronds and are lush. This bonsai tends to have a slightly less twisty trunk or gentle twisting.  The exciting pepper tree symbolises purification, healing and protection. What an inspired gift idea.

Tree of a Thousand Stars Bonsai (Serissa foetida)

The Tree of a thousand starsor ‘Snowrose’ is a lovely indoor beginners bonsai with an abundance of beautiful star-shaped small white flowers during mid-late summer. The textured creamy bark and artistic root structure make this a truly ornamental bonsai. The trick with this bonsai is to feed it well and provide a bright location. It is not difficult to care for but would not be my recommendation if you have a dark room. Well fed; this bonsai makes a great show out of its small white star-shaped flowers and has smooth edged perfectly proportioned leaves. The bark is a soft tan in colour and this bonsai can also give a nice ‘exposed root’ effect. This bonsai signifies well being, good luck and hope, making it a wonderful gift for all occasions. The Serissa is a dainty tree which symbolises well being, luck and hope.

Chinese Blush Tree Bonsai (Loropetalum Chinensis Rubrum)

The Chinese Blush Tree is a member of the Witch-Hazel family and displays stunning purple foliage and bright pink spidery flowers. This is undoubtedly the most striking and colourful indoor beginners bonsai. If you want an indoor bonsai with striking colour foliage and fabulous hot pink flowers then this is the bonsai for you. This bonsai has a slightly more open habit and is not known for dense foliage pads but offers something equally striking. It tends not to form the lovely s-shapes but would enhance any room with colour.

In summary; my advice would be to choose a bonsai which would be right for the environment you want it to live in. All the indoor bonsai mentioned above are perfect beginners bonsai. Some varieties will do better than others in adverse conditions such as poor light.

I hope the 4 following tips will help you grow wonderful indoor bonsai:

  • During winter place your bonsai in the brightest place possible, trying to avoid hot objects like radiators and televisions. Good daylight is essential to the trees health. In summer time beware of hot south facing windows, a little sunlight morning or evening is beneficial, but too much and your bonsai could over heat.
  • To aid the health of your bonsai place it on a humidity tray. This will catch the water draining through the holes in the bottom of the bonsai pot. This water will create some humidity around your bonsai. Please take care that the tray does not overflow onto your furniture and make sure that your bonsai does not sit in the water.
  • 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 into a tray or saucer. 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.
  • To keep your bonsai strong and healthy we recommend the use of a good bonsai fertiliser.

If you would like any advice on beginners bonsai please add your comments in the box below. Please remember all our bonsai are provided with
basic care details.

Please keep in touch!

An eco-friendly bonsai tree from a small, independent UK business who are conscious about their sustainability and are helping to fight the fight for clean air.

If you are unsure about which bonsai tree is best for you, for your gift, or you have any other queries, please contact us and one of our friendly team will get back to you.

Make sure you sign up for our newsletter  (at the bottom of the page) for priority access to new products and exclusive offers. You can also find us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, TikTok and Pinterest for behind the scenes, tutorials and lots of other care advice!

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