- Care advice on every sales page – so you can read how to look after that species of tree before you buy.
- Care Guide sent with every tree – if you are giving the tree as a gift the new owner will know how and when to water, feed, prune, and re-pot the tree.
- Each tree is photographed – so the tree you receive will be the one you see in our shop.
Bonsai means ‘tree in a pot’. Most trees need to grow in their natural environment: outdoors (but see our blog post about how how ‘outdoor’ bonsai can be kept indoors given the right conditions); however there are several species that are happy growing indoors, so don’t think you can’t keep a bonsai tree if you live in a flat. We offer a wide choice of both types, and we send a ‘care sheet’ with each tree ordered that will advise you or the new owner how and when to water, feed, trim, and re-pot that particular species of tree.
Most bonsai are deciduous and lose their leaves in winter, but new ones soon appear, with some species producing blossom before the leaves. Bare trees often look attractive, especially those with shaped trunks and branches; and one type of acer/maple has pink bark that looks great.
A bonsai tree is a great gift and looking after it can quickly become a hobby.
Unlike most other websites, we photograph every tree that we sell, so the tree you receive is the one that appears on the sales page. Occasionally two customers buy the same tree before we have had time to remove it from the site – we don’t operate a night shift! If that happens we will ‘phone the second customer to see if there is another tree he or she would like.
Indoor bonsai trees are popular gifts and with beginners, whilst enthusiasts deem outdoor trees to be ‘real bonsai’. Outdoor varieties are the easiest to keep because, of course, a tree’s natural environment is not inside a house. But with proper care, an indoor tree should live for 20+ years – I recently saw a 50 year old Azalea bonsai, and read about a 200 year old Bougainvillea bonsai.. What few websites will tell you is that many (but not all) indoor bonsai need a dormant period of 6-8 weeks in winter. This can be achieved only by keeping your tree in a place where the temperature is between 0-6°C. If instead you keep your tree in a warm house all winter your tree will suffer and this absence of a ‘rest’ period could shorten its life. During the dormant period your tree will not need light, so keep your tree in a garage or shed, the garden (but watch out for frosts), or if none of these options is available, keep your tree in the fridge! Seriously, the fridge will provide the perfect temperature. It is only temperate species that need this dormant period, tropical and sub-tropical species do not need to rest; so if finding a cool home for your tree during the dormant 6-8 weeks is a problem, go for a Ficus, Bougainvillea, or Serissa bonsai. Any of these will live happily indoors all winter. Chinese Elms, perhaps the most popular bonsai, will appreciate just being kept in a cool room for a month or so in winter. Try to move the tree somewhere cooler when its leaves fall.
As previously mentioned: we supply a care sheet with each tree. There is also advice on each sales page on how to care for the relevant species of tree so you can check a tree’s suitability before you buy.
We grow many of the trees we sell, propagating from ‘mother trees’ by taking cuttings and air layering. We also buy in from the largest wholesalers in the country – fortunately they are quite close so we visit once each month and select the best trees on offer.
Enjoy your bonsai tree!
Bougainvillea bonsai are either in full bloom or the flowers are just starting to appear. In fact the flowers are tiny and are white (see image on the right), the red/pink ‘flowers’ are in fact ‘bracts’. You may have seen Poinsettia plants at Christmas, they have red or pink bracts. The bracts are actually leaves that turn red or pink and stay that way for most of the summer.
Our rare Bougainvillea bonsai can be kept indoors all year, or indoors in the winter and outside in the summer as long as the temperature stays above 10°C. They are happier outside in summer as they get more sunlight (window glass cuts out a lot of light), but this isn’t essential so if you live in a flat with a sunny windowsill don’t let that stop you enjoying a rare Bougainvillea tiny tree.