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Indoor Bonsai Trees
For many hundreds of years bonsai have been cultivated by both the Chinese and Japanese and are considered to bring harmony and nature to the home.
The Japanese word ‘bonsai’ literally means ‘tree in a pot’, however, a more fitting translation would be a miniaturized plant, shrub or tree in a shallow container.
The process of miniaturization is achieved by judicious pruning and training and planting in a smaller that normal pot, the end result, a small tree that mimics the shape and proportions of a full sized tree of their type.
Admired for their artistic beauty, bonsai trees are mini masterpieces that evolve and change as they grow. Nurturing and maintaining a bonsai is a fulfilling pastime that many find therapeutic.
For details of the bonsai trees we stock please see below, we also stock a fabulous selection of ceramic pots, trays, pruning tools and potting accessories.
All our trees come planted in a ceramic pot and start from about 5 years old. They have colour coded labels to help you select a bonsai to suit your surroundings;
Red = mainly tropical or sub-tropical trees which require a warm temperature throughout the year (minimum 10⁰C) and can be kept indoors all year.
Yellow = sub-tropical or temperate trees that are reasonably hardy but still require protection from frost during winter. Can be kept indoors all year, but will benefit from being placed outside in summer.
Some of the varieties we regularly stock are;
Chinese Elm – Zelkova (Y)
Japanese Holly – Ilex crenata (Y)
Pepper Tree – Zanthoxylum pipertum (Y)
Buddhist Pine – Podocarpus (Y)
Mandarin Tree – Ligustrum (Y)
Banyan Fig – Ficus retusa (R)
Tree of a Thousand Stars – Serissa foetida (Y)
Chinese Myrtle – Syzigium buxifolium (Y)
Chinese Box – Buxus harlandii (Y)
Please Note: We make every effort to offer a selection as listed above, however, we would advise that you contact us to check availability if there is a particular variety you wish to purchase.
Secrets for Success
• Best positioned in a draft free, light situation, away from direct midday sun and heat sources e.g. radiators.
• NEVER allow compost to dry out completely. Water well in summer, less in winter using rain water if possible – ideally immerse pot in water for 10-20 minutes then drain.
• To combat the dry atmosphere indoors, mist daily with rainwater and/or place on a tray of moist gravel or hydroleca so that the pot is not standing in water, this will allow water to evaporate around the tree creating a humid micro-climate.
• Feed from late spring to early autumn.
• Prune regularly to maintain shape.
• Re-pot as necessary in March/April using Bonsai compost.
Please ask a member of our expert team if you require assistance selecting or maintaining your Bonsai.