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Bonsai Starter Trees

There is a thought, particularly among folk new to our hobby, that bonsai trees must be grown from seed and, whilst it is possible to achieve it's going to take a long time. We are yet to see a seed grown tree that is worthy of the name Bonsai that's taken less than twelve years. Growing from seed is a tricky business that takes a great deal of skill and time, most of which is spent doing nothing at all. Not a good recipe for an absorbing hobby!

Here we are pleased to offer a small range of starter material to get you off to a flying start. For just a few pounds you will save at least six years! We have selected these varieties because of their suitability for bonsai, their interest, vigour, disease resistance, foliage form and colour and or flowers. Our starter trees are grown from cuttings or seed and are on average 3-6 years old. We have prepared all of these plants for training as bonsai trees by pruning out their tap roots and filling a small compact pot with fine feeder roots. No other training has been done, these are NOT bonsai trees but viable plants with suitable characteristics for bonsai that need to be grown on and developed by you.

Developing bonsai from starter material will progress much more quickly if you give the tree a lot of root space. We recommend you resist the temptation to put starter trees into bonsai pots. Our starter trees can be potted up to larger pots easily at any time of year and this will increase the growth rate. All of our starter trees (except the large versions) are supplied in 90mm plastic pots.

My Fuji Cherry Starter tree safely received today, really well packed and I am really well pleased, tree certainly as good as your description if not better. Very promising material  looking forward to it's progress." M.C - U.K

Our starter trees are perfect for putting into group plantings and forest arrangements.

  • Cultural information in the listing is based on our experience growing the species here in the UK.
  • Trees are shipped in seasonal condition and may look different from the images displayed on the listing.
  • We guarantee to deliver your tree safely and in good condition.
  • Please note that due to customs restrictions Bonsai Trees CANNOT be sent to the UNITED STATES or non-European Union Countries.
  •  If you are unsure about receiving trees please ask before ordering info@kaizenbonsai.com

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The pictures alongside each tree species are a random sample of the stock we hold. Because of the very low price of this material it is not possible to photograph individual plants.

 

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  1. Blaauws Juniper Large Bonsai Starter Tree

    Blaauws Juniper Large Bonsai Starter Tree

    £45.75

    • Latin name: Juniperus chinensis 'Blaauw'
    • Frost hardy: Yes
    • Position: Best in full sun
    • Watering: Water well in summer
    • Fertilizer: Green Dream Bonsai Fertiliser 3 or 4 times yearly
    • Re-potting: Infrequently repot 3-4 years in May
    • Winter protection in U.K: None required
    • Wiring: Best over winter when required
    • Soil type: Kaizen Bonsai No2
    • Approximate height: 18-21" tall above the pot. 12" to 15" wide overall.
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  2. English Hornbeam Bonsai Material Starter Tree

    English Hornbeam Bonsai Material Starter Trees - CLEARANCE X 2

    £50.00

    • 2x nice hornbeam established for two years priced to clear
    • Easy trees to develop as bonsai
    • 20" & 23" all above the pot
    • Planted in a plastic nursery pot
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  3. English Hornbeam Bonsai Material Starter Tree

    English Hornbeam Bonsai Material Starter Tree

    £48.00

    • A nice hornbeam established for two years
    • All the basics are in place, a simple tree to develop further
    • 20" tall above it's bonsai pot. 14" wide overall
    • Planted in a plastic nursery pot
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  4. English Hornbeam Bonsai Material Starter Tree

    English Hornbeam Bonsai Material Starter Tree

    £48.00

    • A nice hornbeam established for two years
    • All the basics are in place, a simple tree to develop further
    • 25" tall above it's bonsai pot. 18" wide overall
    • Planted in a plastic nursery pot
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  5. English Hornbeam Bonsai Material Starter Tree

    English Hornbeam Bonsai Material Starter Tree

    £38.00

    • A nice hornbeam established for two years
    • All the basics are in place, a simple tree to develop further
    • 21" tall above it's bonsai pot. 20" wide overall
    • Planted in a plastic nursery pot
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  6. English Hornbeam Bonsai Material Starter Tree

    English Hornbeam Bonsai Material Starter Tree

    £38.00

    • A nice hornbeam established for two years
    • All the basics are in place, a simple tree to develop further
    • 21" tall above it's bonsai pot. 21" wide overall
    • Planted in a plastic nursery pot
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  7. English Hornbeam Bonsai Material Starter Tree

    English Hornbeam Bonsai Material Starter Tree

    £38.00

    • A nice hornbeam established for two years
    • All the basics are in place, a simple tree to develop further
    • 23" tall above it's bonsai pot. 16" wide overall
    • Planted in a plastic nursery pot
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  8. English Hornbeam Bonsai Material Starter Tree

    English Hornbeam Bonsai Material Starter Tree

    £38.00

    • A nice hornbeam established for two years
    • All the basics are in place, a simple tree to develop further
    • 26" tall above it's bonsai pot. 13" wide overall
    • Planted in a plastic nursery pot
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  9. English Beech Bonsai Material - CLEARANCE x 2

    English Beech Bonsai Material - CLEARANCE x 2

    £24.00

    • Two English beech starter trees priced to clear
    • Planted in plastic nursery pots
    • 20" tall above their pots 
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  10. English Hornbeam Bonsai Material Starter Tree

    English Hornbeam Bonsai Material Starter Tree

    £38.00

    • A nice hornbeam established for two years
    • All the basics are in place, a simple tree to develop further
    • 22" tall above it's bonsai pot. 20" wide overall
    • Planted in a plastic nursery pot
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  11. English Hornbeam Bonsai Material Starter Tree

    English Hornbeam Bonsai Material Starter Tree

    £56.00

    • A nice hornbeam established for two years
    • All the basics are in place, a simple tree to develop further
    • 23" tall above it's bonsai pot. 17" wide overall
    • Planted in a plastic nursery pot
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  12. English Hornbeam Bonsai Material Starter Tree

    English Hornbeam Bonsai Material Starter Tree

    £56.00

    • A nice hornbeam established for two years
    • All the basics are in place, a simple tree to develop further
    • 22" tall above it's bonsai pot. 15" wide overall. 2.5" diameter nebari
    • Planted in a plastic bonsai pot
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  13. English Hornbeam Bonsai Material Starter Tree

    English Hornbeam Bonsai Material Starter Tree

    £48.00

    • A nice hornbeam established for two years
    • All the basics are in place, a simple tree to develop further
    • 19" tall above it's bonsai pot. 15" wide overall. 2.5" diameter nebari
    • Planted in a plastic bonsai pot
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  14. English Hornbeam Bonsai Material

    English Hornbeam Bonsai Material Starter Tree

    £56.00

    • A nice hornbeam established for two years
    • All the basics are in place, a simple tree to develop further
    • 22" tall above it's bonsai pot. 19" wide overall. 3.5" diameter nebari
    • Planted in a plastic bonsai pot
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  15.  Large Bonsai Starter Tree

    Dwarf Mugo Pine (Mops) Large Bonsai Starter Tree

    £39.00

    • Extremely popular pine cultivar with beautiful compact foliage
    • Very limited supply available
    • Stocky plants with good single stem trunks currently available
    • The picture shows one of our stock randomly selected and clipped out to show the trunk
    • These will go quickly so grab one while you can!
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  16. European Olive Large Indoor / Outdoor Bonsai Starter Tree

    European Olive Large Indoor / Outdoor Bonsai Starter Tree

    £34.95

    • European olive trees perfect for your first bonsai project
    • Great value and well established
    • Extremely easy to work with and care for
    • Approximately 17" tall above their pots.
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  17. Japanese Red Maple Large Bonsai Starter Tree

    Japanese Red Maple Large Bonsai Starter Tree

    £28.98

    • Latin name: Acer palmatum Beni-maiko
    • Frost hardy: Yes at least -15C 
    • Position: Partial shade 
    • Watering: Keep evenly moist 
    • Fertilizer: Green Dream Bonsai Fertiliser 3 or 4 times yearly 
    • Re-potting: Infrequent, mature trees repot infrequently 3-4 years as buds show green 
    • Winter protection in U.K: Prevent water-logging in winter 
    • Wiring: Possible in summer 
    • Soil type: Kaizen Bonsai No2 
    • Approximate height: 18" 36cm
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  18. Dwarf Hinoki Cypress Large Bonsai Starter Tree

    Dwarf Hinoki Cypress Large Bonsai Starter Tree

    £21.95

    • Fantastic stocky little evergreen perfectly suited to bonsai cultivation
    • Just a little wire and a clip out turn these into very impressive bonsai
    • Hinoki do very well living in bonsai pots
    • Very limited availability of these excellent little trees
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