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Bonsai Trees Guide

Bonsai Tree

If you received the tree with leaves, please trim the leaves, then plant the tree, water it systematically and protect it from sun.

This guide can be applied to the following plants:

  • Carpinus betulus
  • Salix  - all species
  • Ficus - all species
  • Crassula- all species
  • Hedera - all species
  • Pre bonsai trees - all species
If you're after growing a Bonsai Tree from seeds, read our Bonsai Seeds Guide.

    Cuttings without roots

    All of the plants mentioned above root very easily.

    You should deal with cuttings as soon as you receive them. Put them into a glass filled with water or directly into a pot. For best results, cuttings should be put in a small pot until well rooted.

    The soil mix should contain 50% sharp sand (builder's sand). Rich soil mixes are not necessary and sometimes cause the cuttings to rot. Good drainage is essential. When growth starts, a light application of organic fertiliser is recommended.

    Cuttings with roots

    Start by taking out the plant from the pot and removing the mineral wool.

    Next, plant the cutting into a bonsai pot. First dig a hole, then put the plant in the ground, and firm the soil around it. Finally, water it thoroughly. It must not be allowed to dry out, particularly the first year.

    Pre Bonsai tree

    Bonsai Tree

    Pre bonsai trees are sold with bare roots. 

    Trees should be prepared in the following way:

    1. Remove the plant from its packaging.
    2. Plant the pre bonsai tree in a pot filled with the substratum intended for bonsai. You could also use a soil with peat and coarse sand mixed in the proportion of 3:1.
    3. Place the bonsai pot in a bright place, but not in a direct sunlight. The pot should be kept at a moderate temperature of 15 - 20 °C.
    4. Take care of keeping substrate constantly wet.
    5. The plant can be moved into a more sunny place after a month.

    In the first month we should mainly remember two things:

    1. Bonsai tree should not be placed in a direct sunlight.
    2. The soil should be moist constantly.

    The window sill located on the north side of the house is the best place. After about 1 - 2 months, when young trees are well rooted and develop the first new leaves, we can put them in a more sunny location.

    At our place trees go through the winter resting stage that makes them ready to be planted in a bonsai pot. Pre bonsai trees that have already passed the resting stage can be planted in the pot and immediately begin to grow.

    In the winter seedlings of deciduous and some coniferous trees have no leaves. We only ship such young trees without leaves between October and April.

    We sell plants at the age of 1 - 3. Age of pre bonsai trees may be different and depends on the species.

      Winter

      During the winter we send plants without leaves. In our country, the cool season (winter) lasts from October to April. At this time, the plants are at rest. During the winter all deciduous plants have no foliage. Also, some conifers (e.g. larch, metasequoia, taxodium) do not have needles.

      When these plants are planted in a pot and put in a warm place they immediately begin to grow. After 5 - 8 weeks fresh leaves appear on the seedlings and also new fresh roots grow out.

      Please take care of maintaining the substrate moist all the time and do not put the plant in a direct sunlight.

      Summer

      Starting from May till the end of September we send plants with foliage, but before the shipment we trim the leaves. It is necessary to do it to reach mighty seedlings which would quickly adopt. As a result a healthy green foliage will appear shortly after the plant adopts in the new environment.