Japanese Maple Bonsai

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Japanese maple bonsai trees are one of the most highly sought after forms of bonsai.

These are highly decorative ornamental trees of small stature and they have good branching that is often sought out for bonsai and a striking appearance most usually of red or purple.

These trees are native to Japan, China and Korea and are suitable only as bonsai for outdoors. Please do not attempt to keep these as indoor bonsai trees.

When you are selecting your Japanese maple bonsai tree, there are several things that you will want to keep in mind.

First, the Japanese maple bonsai tree can be one of hundreds of different species of Japanese maple. Because of this, you will want to research the specific classes of trees and learn how they grow.

Some maples are best suited for larger bonsai settings, with trunks of three to four inches that exclusively live outdoors. Others are more suitable for smaller bonsai. Typically, Japanese maple bonsai trees are best suited for mid range to larger bonsai with trunks ranging between one and four inches in diameter.

There are some disadvantages to using Japanese maple bonsai trees in your designs. In many of the trees, particularly landscape bonsai that live outdoors, it can take ten to twenty years to get the tree to the stage where it is ready to be designed.

This time frame can often turn people away from designing Japanese maple bonsai. However, there are other types of trees that you can tend to that have a shorter grow period, letting your Japanese maple mature until it is ready to be designed into the forms that you desire.

If you are planning to work with dwarf Japanese maple bonsai trees, you will need to learn leaf trimming and pruning techniques to ensure the proper growth and design of your maple.

Unlike larger trees, dwarf Japanese maple bonsai are particularly sensitive to how they are trimmed. If you prune the wrong branches, you can negatively impact the growth of your plant. As the dwarf plants require more care than their larger counterparts, improper care can result in the shortened life span of your plant, or leaf sizes too large for your bonsai design. If your leaves or nodes grow too large, you will not be able to correct this until the next growing season at the earliest.

Be aware that you should repot Japanese maple bonsai trees once every two years and prune the roots thoroughly. Root growth is likely to be strong and the pot will be totally filled. Use a well-drained soil with a high pumice mix.

Japanese maple bonsai can live for hundreds of years with the proper care. Given this fact, it is not uncommon to see these types of trees being passed down from generation to generation.

Certain pests can affect Japanese maples and these include aphids, scale and beetles. A healthy specimen should be able to defend itself against any such attack, but severe outbreaks will require special attention. So it is important to be vigilant.

If you own a Japanese maple bonsai tree, you will want to ensure that whoever will care for it next learns the proper care methods to ensure the lasting survival of the tree or all your hard work will be in vain.

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Juniper Bonsai Trees

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These are one of the most versatile species of bonsai that you can grow and lend themselves well to virtually all bonsai styles.

This conifer tree is adaptable and has fine foliage and branches that can be bent and trained easily and so adapts well to wiring. It is also relatively easy to care for and is a great choice for the beginner.

However, there are just a few things that you should keep in mind when you own a juniper bonsai tree. First and foremost, this type of tree is not well suited as an indoor plant. It belongs outdoors where it can thrive in most conditions and can go into a proper state of dormancy as the seasons change.

By tending to a juniper bonsai indoors on a permanent basis, it is likely neither to get the light it needs for survival nor the harsher outdoor conditions that it needs to thrive.

Unlike the more delicate tropical tree varieties the juniper tree has grown for hundreds of years in conditions most plants would not like and, because of this, it needs winter dormancy in order to be able to repair itself from any damage it sustained in the growing season.

The leading cause of death in juniper bonsai is that people try to keep this pine indoors. It should be kept outdoors whenever possible, and only brought in during the harshest parts of winter or during snowstorms that would suffocate the plant. Once the extreme bad weather has passed, your juniper bonsai should be placed back outside so it can remain in dormancy.

Juniper bonsai are extremely common, as this type of tree is so easy to care for and train. They grow quickly, allowing people to see their hard work progress, making this an excellent tree for beginners.

Because of the fast grow rate, many bonsai nurseries will keep this hardy tree in stock as it can be trained much faster than other species used in bonsai. This is also why the juniper bonsai is so common as a gift. As they are easy to care for and fast to grow, many people are comfortable giving these trees away.

Whether you have received a juniper bonsai as a gift, purchased one or you are interested in growing your own from a seed or seedling, you will want to keep pruning and wiring supplies on hand, as these are the most common tools you will use with your juniper bonsai.

Careful pruning of new buds and excess branches and needles will help improve your design of the tree. Foliage needs to be thinned during the fall in order to avoid disease and pest problems that can blight these trees in the spring to come.

Fungus, caterpillars and scale insects are the most common juniper issues that you are likely to encounter. So vigilance and regular checking for signs of these problems is needed.

Pests can usually be controlled with the use of a white oil or pyrethrum spray and systemic insecticides may be required for insect infestations.

Always remember to wear gloves when working with junipers, for the needles can cause allergic reactions and irritation to the skin.

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Ficus Bonsai

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If you are looking for a traditional bonsai, the ficus bonsai may be ideal for you.

The exact number of existing ficus species is not certain, but there may well be anywhere between 1000 and 2000 in total.

This style of bonsai is highly popular in traditional bonsai designs because the aerial root system of this family of fig is highly conducive to design and styling.

Also, ficus has the interesting ability to fuse parts that touch and so form interesting features. This further adds to the appeal of this species.

Suitable for the standard bonsai design, as well as root over rock styles, the ficus bonsai is a versatile, relatively hardy tree that is fairly easy to care for. It can be kept indoors or outdoors, although extra care is required if you intend to keep a ficus bonsai outdoors because the temperature should remain above 15 degrees Centigrade (59F).

Like many plants, ficus bonsai trees require a period of dormancy, where the plant is given time to recover from the blooming and growing season. During this period, the plant is kept in slightly colder temperatures than when it is in bloom.

This can take place indoors, so long as the temperature near the plant remains cold enough that the tree does not come out of dormancy. This is particularly important, as a tree coming out of dormancy too early can cause problems.

It is possible for ficus bonsai trees to be maintained year round, although this can damage some species. If you are planning on keeping your ficus bonsai in full leaf year round, you will need to ensure that the plant does not fall into dormancy.

If the tree goes into dormancy, you should arrange conditions so that the tree can remain in dormancy, so as to prevent damage to the tree.

Ficus bonsai training can be achieved by bonsai growers of all experience levels. This is one of the reasons this style of tree is very popular. It can be sculpted into complex scenes, or guided for a more natural appearance with relative ease.

Given the fact that the ficus bonsai group contains many varieties of figs, there are species that are harder to care for, and some that are easier to care for. Therefore it is important to research this species before acquiring one.

It should be remembered that the fruits of several ficus bonsai are not edible, although some varieties do produce edible fruits. It is vital that you are aware of the edibility if the fruit before eating any that might grow from your bonsai. In many cases however, especially with dwarf ficus, the tree will either never produce fruit or fruits that are produced are too small for consumption.

Never eat a fruit from a ficus bonsai unless you have confirmation that it is not poisonous!

For further information on caring for bonsai trees check out other articles on this site.

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Seasonal Care of Bonsai Trees

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I am frequently asked about how the seasons can affect bonsai trees, so I put together this post for you. Please remember, that the advice is centered on the USA and may vary depending on your location around the world.

Spring Care

Spring is a good time for starting new bonsai tree projects and it is also the time for any pruning and training of last season’s bonsai trees. The plants then have a whole growing season to readjust to these changes.

Summer Care

Bonsai trees are usually very sensitive and thrive best in localities that offer cool nights, sunny days, and mist or rain almost daily.

Most of the United States does not have this climate, so special provisions must be made to compensate for this lack of ideal climatic conditions.

Extremes in light, rain, and wind are to be avoided.

Place your bonsai trees on a platform or table in your garden where the plants can receive 3 to 5 hours of direct sunlight a day. The site should be shaded, preferably in the afternoon.

If the area is subject to drying winds, put up screening around the plants to protect them. Screening also serves to provide the plants with shade.

Water the entire bonsai – both the plant and the soil – daily. If you skip even 1 day you can permanently damage the plant.

Make sure your plants are located where rain can fall on them, however plants should not remain wet or waterlogged for long periods of time.

Fall Care

During this period bonsai trees should be prepared in order to endure the approaching cold. Plant growth must be slowed down, so start to water plants less frequently to help slow growth, and reduce applications of fertilizers.

Do not use artificial night lighting (incandescent filament lamps) on plants after August 1st and do not prune or cut any branches after mid-August.

Winter Care

A major consideration in the winter months is the protection of bonsai from low temperatures and strong winds. Bonsai can only be left outdoors in climates where temperatures drop no lower than 28 F degrees. This is not the case throughout most of the United States, so a greenhouse, pit, or coldframe is necessary.

Winter frosts will seldom bother bonsai that are sheltered under the foliage of a spreading tree. Watch out for frosty periods, however.


It is easy to construct a simple coldframe for bonsai trees.

Before the ground is frozen, dig a hole at least 12 to18 inches deep in the soil. Make the hole as long and as wide as you need to for all your plants. Line the sides of this hole with exterior grade plywood, which extends 6 inches above the surface. Put 4 to 6 inches of gravel in the bottom of the hole, set your plant containers on this gravel, and spread straw around and over them.

Put a loose-fitting cover made of polyethylene sheeting or any similar material onto the frame and be sure the top of your coldframe is strong enough to withstand a heavy load of snow.

Ventilate on days when the air temperature is above 40 F degrees to keep the plants cool and dormant.

To purchase a coldframe kit, check your local nurseries or see catalogs of mail-order garden supply houses or check on amazon.com.


In the summer, during especially hot weather when the temperature is over 90 F degrees, water the bonsai plants once or twice a day. If the plants are in an unusually sandy soil that allows for easy drainage, they may require watering three or more times a day. Please be aware of this so as to avoid irreversible damage to your trees.

In early autumn, follow the watering directions for late spring. In late autumn, follow the watering directions for early spring.

In winter, keep the trees in a coldframe and ventilate the plants on one or more sides to keep them dormant.

Check for dryness every two weeks and only water the plants every second day, or less, as required. Just keep in mind that overwatering, rather than a lack of watering, kills many more bonsai trees.


To maintain optimal plant health and growth use fertilizer to supply nutrients.

Maintain the nutrient level in the soil mix throughout active growth with monthly applications of a diluted liquid fertilizer, but only apply fertilizer before and during active growth periods.

No special fertilizer is required for bonsai trees. You can simply use a typical liquid houseplant fertilizer (20-20-20 or its equivalent) diluted to one-quarter strength on the label.

The numbers 20-20-20 are the percentage, by weight, of the N-P-K (nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium) contained in the fertilizer. These elements will enhance the growth of your bonsai tree.

What Does N-P-K Stand For & What Does It Do?

For the geeks out there!

N – Nitrogen is responsible for the size and amount of new growth and, to some extent, the green color of the leaves. Nitrogen is required for cell division and, also, protein manufacturing.

P – Phosphorus is necessary for cell division and is associated with good root growth and flowering.

K – Potassium activates cell enzymes and is directly related to overall healthy cell activity.

So there you have it, in a nutshell!

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Bonsai Tree Containers

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Training Pots

Most immature bonsai plant material has long roots that do not fit easily into a bonsai container. For this reason a training pot is used.

The training pot is larger than a regular bonsai container and holds the heavy roots These are gradually cut back over a period of years until small, fibrous roots develop.
All kinds of containers are used as training pots: clay saucers, plastic containers, and wooden boxes of many different sizes. Many of these clay and plastic pots are available at garden centers. The azalea pot and the bulb pan are especially suitable.

The pot should be just large enough to accommodate the tree’s root system. It should be similar in shape to the bonsai pot, which will eventually replace it. For example, an upright tree, destined for a low, flat container, should be grown in a fairly low training pot. A cascading tree, to be planted later in a high bonsai pot, should be trained in an ordinary flowerpot.
Make sure that all training pots you use have drain holes at least 1/2-inch in diameter.

Choosing a Pot

Choose a pot in which to display your bonsai when the training of your bonsai is sufficiently advanced. The size and shape of this pot will depend on the size and shape of the tree.

Trees trained in the cascade and semi-cascade styles look best in round or rectangular pots. Plant the trunk in the center of the pot with the branches sweeping down over the side. Place upright trees slightly off-center (one-third the distance from one end) in oval or rectangular pots. Place trees with thick trunks and dense foliage in deep, heavy pots.

The branches of a bonsai tree should be in harmony with the shape of a pot. If the branches are longer on one side than the other, place the trunk off-center within the pot.

The color of the pot should ideally contrast with the tree’s foliage. Use white, tan, or green pots for trees with brightly colored flowers or fruits.

Use unglazed pots with pines and deciduous trees.

Generally, bonsai containers come in five shapes: round, oval, square, rectangular, and hexagonal. In each shape there is a wide variety of sizes.

Bonsai containers can be obtained from some of the larger nurseries. Chinese or Japanese hardware stores, and stores that specialize in imported items, also offer containers for sale.

Bonsai plants should be anchored to their containers until the roots take hold. One method used to anchor the plant is to tie it down with wires leading up through the screens that are placed over the drainage holes in the container.

After tying the plant to the container, carefully adjust the plant’s elevation.


At the end of the first year, the tree is usually transplanted from its training pot (or from the ground) into a new pot that is more suited to its dimensions. Always retain some of the original soil, and trim the roots if necessary. Cut away any abundant growth of new roots at the base of the trunk before repotting.

If only a few roots have formed around the taproot, prune these roots slightly.

Prune the taproot again at the end of the second year, and cut it short at the end if the third year. This final cutting should be done when the new roots have appeared at the base.


Repotting of bonsai plants is usually needed when soil insects damage the plants, or when soil is in poor condition.

Sometimes, however, soil condition can be corrected without repotting and disturbing the roots of the plant. This is done by adding new soil around the outer surface, or by removing plugs of soil and replacing them with a free-draining bonsai soil mix.

The health of trees grown as bonsai depends largely on the care in changing the soil in the pots and the proper pruning of surface roots.

A healthy bonsai puts out new surface roots every year. The growth of these roots makes it difficult for vital water and air to penetrate the soil. The surface roots will be nourished, but the main root near the trunk may die. Therefore, periodically cut back the main root and thin out the surface roots.

A tree’s rate of growth determines the frequency of repotting. Pines and spruces, for example, need repotting only once every 3 to 5 years. Flowering and fruit-producing trees, every year or (depending on the variety) every second year.

You should note that it may be necessary to repot quick-growing species, such as willow and crape myrtle, at least twice a year. This is a serious commitment and should be taken into account in initial tree selection.

These intervals apply to healthy trees that have received proper care.
Repot your plants in the early spring when the first new buds appear. A secondary season occurs in late summer or early autumn when, for a short time, the roots check their growth. It is dangerous to repot in late spring and early summer when the leaves are just open and still tender.

When the tree is in a dormant state it is unable to establish itself in the new soil and root diseases are likely. For this reason, bonsai must never be repotted in winter, except when kept in greenhouse culture.

Growth Media

Soil mixtures vary a great deal depending on geographical area and personal preferences. There are many conflicting ideas within the bonsai community on the type of mix to use. Many growers find that bagged potting soil is usually satisfactory for potting bonsai plants, whereas others are convinced that only a proprietary bonsai soil mix will do.

If you use bagged soils, make sure they contain sphagnum peat moss and coarse perlite in equal quantities. Bagged soils are available in most garden supply houses.

Specialist bonsai soils can be purchased easily from Amazon as well as other sites such as www.bonsaiboy.com.


Generally, mixing soil should have rapid drainage, a structure that permits fine roots to develop, and contains decaying humus and mineral nutrients. It should also be free of root rot and have a pH similar to the tree’s native soil, so research this carefully.

Try to avoid high levels of dry fertilizers in the soil mix and screen bagged soil to remove the fine clay particles. Use formulated bonsai fertilizer if you want to err on the safe side.

A good basic soil mixture consists of one-third clay, one-third humus and one-third sand.

If you live in an area where humus is not available, then obtaining a specialist bonsai soil mix from your garden store or nursery is the only practical answer to this.

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Three Lovely Types of Bonsai Trees

Bamboo Bonsai

This is one of the extremely popular types of bonsai trees, easy to care for bonsai that allows growers of all skill levels to work with a fast growing, beautiful plant. The most common type of bamboo bonsai found in homes is the ‘lucky’ bamboo, which is believed to bring luck to their owners. This variety of bamboo is hardy, and can be grown indoors or outdoors, provided that the bamboo is protected against frost.

Like most species of bamboo, the plant does not thrive well in places where frost occurs. Frost damages the bamboo and stops its growth, often shocking and killing the plant. It is for this reason that many bamboo species cannot thrive in northern climates unless they are kept indoors.

For beginners, bamboo bonsai is extremely rewarding due to the fact that the plants are so quick to grow. A new grower can start a plant and see a large amount of growth within the first year of owning the plant. This lets the beginners experiment with wiring and caring for bonsai without having to wait for five to ten years to see the results of their efforts.

There are many places that you can acquire bamboo. You can purchase it at many stores carrying plants, buy new shoots online that can be grown and transplanted into bonsai pots, or you can cut shoots from other bamboo plants and transplant them to begin your new plant. How quickly the bamboo bonsai will grow and take root is dependent on the species of bonsai you are growing. Also, it is important to note that some species of bamboo will not take root as well from cuttings as other varieties.

Bamboo bonsai requires many of the care techniques that more difficult bonsai trees require. You will need the same types of tools to maintain them, and you can use the same style of wire to help guide the trunk and branches of the bamboo. When you are pruning bamboo, as with many other bonsai tree types, there is a certain time of year during which pruning is best done.

When best to prune your bamboo is dependent on the variety that you have. Each species of bamboo is different and requires a different care plan. As many people own the ‘lucky’ bamboo, you will most likely want to prune your bamboo bonsai in the fall and winter, removing all of the leaves. If, however, you are working with a dwarf bamboo you will need to prune in the early spring before the new growth begins.

Banyan Bonsai

The Banyan bonsai is one of the most popular types of bonsai tree found on the global market. It is a classical type of Ficus Fig tree that is relatively easy to care for. It is typically regarded as an outdoor tree and requires moderate light, but can be reared indoors. Be aware that, unlike other varieties of fig plants, the fruit of the banyan bonsai is not edible.

The banyan bonsai is good for newbies, because it is quite easy to care for and shape compared to many of the other different types of bonsai available on the market. This is due to the fact that the banyan bonsai grows in a way that is conducive to bonsai design and styling.

Given that the trunks of the tree have a layered appearance from the aerial growth of roots, it is not uncommon that designers will use this characteristic of as a fundamental part of the finished piece. The aerial root system, if properly controlled, can enhance the appearance of the bonsai without risk of spreading beyond the confines of its container or causing root problems in the pot itself.

However, there are a few things that you will need to keep in mind when caring for banyan bonsai. As the tree can reproduce and spread through the root system, pruning of the roots is required in order to keep the bonsai healthy and in check. Failure to do this can cause problems with the plant, and drastically shorten the lifespan of the tree. These trees can live to be over two hundred years old, so it is important that the pruning and root care is done properly.

Choosing the correct pot size is fundamental in the care of the banyan bonsai. This plant is also named a ‘strangler fig’ and a pot that is too big can encourage the bonsai to grow much larger than desired.

As this species of tree can grow to cover over a kilometer of ground, the dwarf versions of this tree can be sometimes extremely aggressive in smaller pots.

The world’s most renowned banyan, the Great Banyan, has a canopy covering a circumference of over one kilometer. This tree lives in the Indian Botanical Garden, and is one of the most famous trees in the world.

Baobab Bonsai

Baobab bonsai are one of the world’s most fascinating bonsai. Baobab trees grow in Africa, and are one of the world’s most unusual looking trees. There are many legends revolving around the Baobab tree. One of the most common being that the tree was cast down from heaven and thus grew upside down, as the canopy branches of the tree can look like roots. As the tree loses its leaves in the winter season, this characteristic is predominant during this time.

In the natural environment, the Baobab is actually at risk of becoming extinct due to predation from animals like elephants. Domestically, many people try to grow at least one Baobab bonsai in their collection due to their odd appearance.

If you are intending to keep a Baobab bonsai, there are several things that you will need to remember. First, these trees are extremely sensitive to temperature. They will not thrive in places that get cold. Many growers have witnessed a tree die within several days due to quick exposure to cold temperatures. If you live somewhere cold, it is vital that you store the Baobab bonsai somewhere the plant can remain warm throughout the winter season.

In addition, the Baobab bonsai should receive no water at all during the winter, as watering them in winter will cause root rot and your plant will die.

The most challenging aspect of caring for a Baobab bonsai, aside from taking care to water properly, is to acknowledge that these trees take a very long time to grow. You will not get instant results from this type of bonsai tree. You will need to take your time and carefully plan your bonsai design, and realize that these trees may take well over ten years before you see results.

However, they make an excellent part of any bonsai collection. As they are fairly easy to care for as long as you pay attention to the plant’s dormancy period, growers of any level can enjoy this tree.

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Bonsai Tree Care For Beginners

I hope that watching this short Youtube video gives you as much pleasure as it gives to me!

It’s all about the beautiful Cherry Blossom Bonsai tree that is a real favorite among bonsai enthusiasts, both professional and newbies alike and a good mature example is always very much in demand.

You know, I am frequently asked by friends and family members what might at first appear to be a very simple question. That is:

“How do I choose a bonsai tree?”

There is no simple answer to this because the decision has to be a personal one. However, here is the general advice that I like to give.

Consider the location

First of all you would be well advised to think about where you want to grow your bonsai tree.

If you have a conservatory, orangery or a large bay window where you can place the tree, a sub-tropical or tropical species may be a good choice.

Some great indoor bonsai tree species include:

Olive, Fig, Jade, Pepper tree, Citrus, Crepe Myrtle and the beautiful and ever-popular Cherry Blossom.

If you prefer to grow your tree outside, then you may want to consider choosing a hardy species that can withstand seasonal weath­er changes. But always remember to protect your tree from frost!

Some lovely outdoor trees to consider include:

Japanese Box, Chinese Elm, Korean Hornbeam, Japanese Maples and Honey Suckle and Cotoneaster.

Tree selection

Since all trees differ in their individual facets and features, you need to look at the species that have the features you want.

While any plant or tree can be grown as bonsai, some trees are much better because they have desirable features that make them look appealing when they are pruned, shaped and potted. For instance:

  • Roses, Lilac, Azalea, Jasmine and Cherry Blossom Bonsai are great flowering plants
  • Pine, Box, Cypress and Giant Redwood make good evergreen varieties
  • Beech, Oak, Elm, Larch and Ash are popular deciduous trees to consider
  • Apple, Firethorns and Maples are good fruit varieties

Age of the tree

It is possible to buy a mature tree outright and continue the process of caring for it over the years to come.

These are beautiful works of art that adorn the home and will be admired by all your visitors, but these are usually expensive and you should have developed at least some basic bonsai knowledge and skills beforehand. Otherwise, you may put the tree at risk and ultimately lose it!

Alternatively, you can buy a ‘pre-bonsai’ plant of your choice and grow it into a beautiful mature bonsai. These are widely available for reasonable prices and this is how some new bonsai practitioners start out.

Do remember though that whilst it is certainly the case that seedlings, saplings, cuttings or grafts are cheap, they have a high failure rate, take years to develop and are not generally considered to be ideally suited for beginners.

Mature bonsai trees can be very expensive, depending on such variables as the species, the overall shape and the number of years over which the tree has been trained and cared for. But in my opinion, the right specimen is worth the price because it can be expected to enhance your home and be admired by everyone who visits.

Nearly Natural Cherry Blossom Bonsai Silk Tree

Growing bonsai trees is a great challenge that tests our design skills, artistic abilities and gardening prowess. It is a unique art form and an incredibly engaging hobby that has been kept alive over the centuries.

When you start on your bonsai journey there are several things to consider from the outset and you may not be too surprised to learn that most people go through numerous trees before they manage to keep a tree alive for a sustained period of time.

The art of Bonsai care has to be experienced first-hand in order to learn and, over time, perfect.

Whether you are just beginning or have been practicing it for years, bonsai cultivation is an incredibly rewarding experience and one that you should not miss out on just because the process may seem to be a long and laborious one.

I hope this article has been helpful and addressed some of the queries that you may have with starting out in bonsai and go some way to helping you buy a robust and healthy tree and have a wonderful time growing and maintaining it.

Good Luck!

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Dwarf Hawaiian Umbrella Tree

Dwarf Hawaiian Umbrella Tree by Dallas Bonsai Garden

There are just so many plants you can make use of for decorative purposes, and one of the common choices you have is the Hawaiian umbrella tree. Bonsai allows you to enjoy the beauty of this tree without actually having to go out in the woods or the great outdoors.

Using the bonsai technique of growing plants, you are able to experience the beauty of nature in the comfort of your own home, as this particular technique in growing plants allows you to raise trees in a small pot inside your house, instead of the outside.

When it comes to picking the right kind of Bonsai, the Hawaiian Umbrella Tree is one of the best choices you could possibly have, and here are some of the reasons why:

14-18 inches long, grows in ceramic pot

It’s impressive to think that a tree which grows out to be so big could actually be made to grow in a pot. This is one of the things which makes bonsai a beautiful art.

A tree so big when allowed to grow out in nature turns into one which measures a mere 14 to 18 inches tall , thus allowing you to easily store them inside your home as a fixture in any room which may need decorations of any sort.

Great for bonsai beginners

The Dwarf Hawaiian Umbrella Tree is one which is easy to take care of. There are few mishaps which an amateur bonsai plant owner could encounter while raising one, given that this plant is able to survive relatively harsher environments.

The Schefflera arboricola, the scientific name of the Hawaiian umbrella tree, is one which is not thorny (pun intended) to take care of.

Unique style

The Hawaiian umbrella tree is one plant species with a unique kind of style. Despite its name, it is actually native to Taiwan, and is popular there due to its aerial roots and its umbrella-like shape, which makes it relatively easier to identify.

The aerial roots make it look like it has several branches, and the umbrella shape which is formed by the leaves makes it have a character absent in other plants.

Easy to take care of

One of the greatest benefits of owning a bonsai tree is the effortlessness when it comes to taking care of it. There is no tedious trimming involved, no strenuous labor when it comes to making sure that there are no pests lurking, and most importantly, no daily watering needed.

Changing up the soil is ideally done every three to five years. Also, the Hawaiian umbrella trees which are sold are already 9 years old, old enough to make it low maintenance.

Lasts a lifetime

Trees have always been known for this. As a matter of fact, several trees have lasted millennia, and yet are still standing upright! This is one of the great things about bonsai. You can take care of them for as long as you live! Just make sure that you’re giving it the attention it needs.

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Brussel’s Money Tree Bonsai: Bright and Green

Brussel's Money Tree Bonsai: Bright and Green

If you’re a nature lover and would want to have a piece of it in the comfort of your own home, or if you have a house or living area with an Asian or earthy motif, then one of the best home fixtures to help blend with this motif are bonsai trees. There are several bonsai you could choose from to achieve this purpose.

Bonsai, a Japanese word which literally means, “tree in a pot,” is popular not just in Asia, but in other countries outside the continent as well. One of the best choices you could have is the Brussel’s Money Tree Bonsai.

Imported from South China

It’s always best to gather trees straight from where they naturally grow. In the case of money trees, they naturally grow in the southern part of China.

The trees are trained and reared in such a way that they grow just as small as the bonsai would. Given that it naturally grows in South China, it is sure to be that the trees are raised in the conditions best for its growth.

Made with top-notch quality care

The quality and the overall health of the bonsai, which is heavily dependent on how it’s raised, could be evidenced as to how bright and green the leaves of the money tree are. With the Brussel’s brand, you can be assured that they are made with state-of-the-art facilities, in greenhouses with controlled temperatures that are deemed ideal for the growth of these bonsai.

Bright and green leaves

While other bonsai or full-grown trees for that matter, have darker hues for their leaves, what makes the money tree stand out is its bright healthy-looking green color. This makes it much more compatible with some other interior designs of homes.

Apart from being its natural color, one of the effective indicators that the money tree was raised effectively is its bright and green leaves, which is what the Brussel’s brand takes pride in.

Not difficult to take care of

The great thing about bonsai trees is that they are not difficult to raise, in a sense that it only needs minimal watering with a spray—ideally only every 2-3 days—unlike other plants which require you water them on a daily basis. Also, the soil in which these plants thrive in do not have to be replaced as frequently, given that the ideal time to do this is every 3 to 5 years.

Long life

One of the great things about bonsai is that just like trees which grow to its full size, they live long lives. These trees could survive for as long as 100 years or even more provided that they are placed in optimal growing conditions.

Furthermore, they come at a very low price—and that few dollars’ worth of purchase could last you virtually a lifetime. Also, given that the people over at Brussel’s raise these enchanting little plants with utmost care, you can never be more assured of the long life of the plant.

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Brussel’s Jade Bonsai: Easy Maintenance

Brussel's Jade Bonsai: Easy Maintenance

Nowadays, people are getting busier and busier. Because of this, people want to make sure that they get to do things the easiest way if possible, and in the process, consuming a relatively smaller amount of time.

Having said so, when it comes to taking care of plants, a lot of homeowners, despite loving their plants dearly, would most definitely not want to spend too much time rearing them by watering them and all.

To help with this, a lot of Bonsai enthusiasts would most definitely opt choosing the jade bonsai. Brussel’s, which is known to be the largest bonsai nursery, has this on their list of plants offered.

Here are some of the key features which make the Jade Bonsai a popular choice:

Easy to take care of

Given that it’s a fast-paced world, we would most definitely want to spend as little time as possible when it comes to rearing plants. The jade bonsai is a perfect choice for this because only minimal care and maintenance are needed in order to keep them alive and healthy.

Having said that, a steady supply of sunlight and watering every three to five days is all that is necessary for anyone to enjoy the beauty of the Brussel’s Jade Bonsai. Other plants require substantially more time for caring, but the jade bonsai of Brussel’s lets you skip all of this.

Perfect choice for office or home décor

Since it does not need any complex form of maintenance, this makes it the perfect fixture for either the home or the office, most especially in the case of latter which is a busy or a fast-paced environment. People at the office barely have time to take care of things other than their files, meetings, and the like.

Moreover, it adapts quickly to low lighting conditions, thus minimizing your labor by having to bring it out of the sun every now and then for it to get a dose of sunlight, which is crucial for its and other plants’ growth.

Supplied by Brussel’s

Brussel’s is one of the biggest nurseries for plants in the whole of US. One of the good things about getting the plants from them is that they have a state-of-the-art greenhouse, which simply means that the plants are grown in the best conditions possible—conditions which are optimal for its growth and development.

Only 11 inches tall

This is one of the best features of the Brussel’s Jade Bonsai. The great thing about this bonsai is that it is a mere 11 inches tall, and so does not consume too much space inside the office or your own home.

All that it needs is a sturdy table, and you can place it where you believe it complements the style or the overall aura of the room.


Taking care of bonsai, and the art of making large trees grow in small sizes is a tedious job. The jade bonsai by Brussel’s is one which is perfect for both beginners and busy people alike.

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