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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.

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

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.

The height or trunk diameters will vary from tree to tree. However we were very careful to provide a picture that is typical of each type and we're sure you will be happy with the trees you receive. Foliage condition of all plants supplied will vary according to season and may not match the offer photo.

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  1. Blaauws Juniper Large Bonsai Starter Tree

    Blaauws Juniper Large Bonsai Starter Tree

    £34.00

    • 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: 16-20" tall above the pot. 15" to 18" wide overall.
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  2. Black Pine Large Bonsai Starter Tree

    Black Pine Large Bonsai Starter Tree

    £23.75

    Latin name: Pinus Nigra 'Nana'
    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 3-6 years once buds begin to open
    Winter protection in U.K: None required
    Wiring: In summer after new growth has hardened
    Soil type: Kaizen Bonsai No2 or 3
    Approximate height: 11" - 28cm Learn More
  3. Cedar or Lebanon Large Bonsai Starter Tree

    Cedar or Lebanon Large Bonsai Starter Tree

    £21.48

    Here we have a super healthy young Cedar of Lebanon perfectly suited to training as bonsai. If you were to grow from seed or cutting it would take several years to reach this stage! The trees have single trunks and can either be pruned and wired for shape now or allowed to grow on in open ground or larger pots as you see fit. The plants we have are exceptionally strong and will develop very quickly given the correct care. Learn More
  4. Dwarf Crassula Indoor Bonsai Starter Tree

    Dwarf Crassula Indoor Bonsai Starter Tree

    £9.95

    • Latin name: Crassula Ovata "Convoluta' 
    • Frost hardy: No 
    • Position: Best in full sun 
    • Watering: Water well in summer 
    • Fertilizer: Green Dream Bonsai Fertiliser 3 or 4 times yearly 
    • Re-potting: Infrequently repot 2-3 years in summer 
    • Winter protection in U.K: Protect from frost 
    • Wiring: No 
    • Soil type: Kaizen Bonsai No2 
    • Approximate height: 4" - 10cm
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  5. Dwarf Hinoki Cypress Large Bonsai Starter Tree

    Dwarf Hinoki Cypress Large Bonsai Starter Tree

    £12.95

    Chamaecyparis obtusa 'Nana Gracilis', commonly called false hinoki cypress 'Nana Gracilis'. A beautiful dwarf evergreen with deep green flat fans of foliage. When carefully pruned this variety can be shaped into very natural looking bonsai forms without the need for wiring. The plant has beautiful mid brown flaky bark that improves with age. Learn More
  6. Dwarf Spruce Large Bonsai Starter Tree

    Dwarf Spruce Large Bonsai Starter Tree

    £17.95

    • Latin name: Picea Abies 'Little Gem' 
    • Frost hardy: Yes at least -15C 
    • Position: Best in full sun. Give light shade in very hot weather. 
    • Watering: Water very well in summer. Keep damp in winter 
    • Fertilizer: Green Dream Bonsai Fertiliser 4-5 times yearly Re-potting: 
    • Repot 4-5 years once new growth begins 
    • Winter protection in U.K: None required 
    • Wiring: After first frosts 
    • Soil type: Kaizen Bonsai No2 
    • Approximate height: 8" - 20cm
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  7. English Yew Large Bonsai Starter Tree

    English Yew Large Bonsai Starter Tree

    £10.95

    • Latin name: Taxus baccatta 
    • Frost hardy: Yes at least -15C 
    • Position: Best in full sun. 
    • Watering: Water very well in summer. Keep dry in winter 
    • Fertilizer: Green Dream Bonsai Fertiliser 4-5 times yearly 
    • Re-potting: Repot 3-5 years once new growth begins 
    • Winter protection in U.K: Protect from winter wet 
    • Wiring: After first frosts 
    • Soil type: Kaizen Bonsai No2 or 3 
    • Approximate height: 15" - 37cm
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  8. Japanese Azalea Large Purple Flowering Bonsai Starter Tree

    Japanese Azalea Large Purple Flowering Bonsai Starter Tree

    £11.55

    • Latin name: Rhododendron japonicum 'Purpuratrum'
    • Frost hardy: Yes at least -10C
    • Position: Best in light shade in a sheltered spot.
    • Watering: Water very well in summer. Keep damp in winter
    • Fertilizer: Green Dream Ericaceous Bonsai Fertiliser 4-5 times yearly
    • Re-potting: Repot 4-5 years once new growth begins
    • Winter protection in U.K: None required
    • Wiring: Height of summer.
    • Soil type: Kaizen Bonsai No1
    • Approximate height: 10" - 20cm excluding pot.
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  9. Japanese Azalea Large Red Flowering Bonsai Starter Tree

    Japanese Azalea Large Red Flowering Bonsai Starter Tree

    £10.89

    • Latin name: Rhododendron japonicum 'Anouk'
    • Frost hardy: Yes at least -10C
    • Position: Best in light shade in a sheltered spot.
    • Watering: Water very well in summer. Keep damp in winter
    • Fertilizer: Green Dream Ericaceous Bonsai Fertiliser 4-5 times yearly
    • Re-potting: Repot 4-5 years once new growth begins
    • Winter protection in U.K: None required
    • Wiring: Height of summer.
    • Soil type: Kaizen Bonsai No1
    • Approximate height: 10" - 20cm excluding pot.
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  10. Japanese Maple Bonsai Starter Tree

    Japanese Maple Bonsai Starter Tree

    £8.75

    • Latin name: Acer palmatum 
    • 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: 12-14" - 30-36cm
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  11. Japanese White Pine Large Bonsai Starter Tree

    Japanese White Pine Large Bonsai Starter Tree

    £28.92

    • Latin name: Pinus parviflora 'Negishi'
    • 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 once buds begin to open
    • Winter protection in U.K: None required
    • Wiring: In summer after new growth has hardened
    • Soil type: Kaizen Bonsai No2
    • Approximate height: 16" - 40cm
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  12. Portulacaria Indoor Bonsai Starter Tree

    Portulacaria Indoor Bonsai Starter Tree

    £6.95

    • Latin name: Portulacaria afra 
    • Frost hardy: NO minimum winter temp' 7˚ Celsius 
    • Position: Best in full sun 
    • Watering: Water only when dry to the touch 
    • Fertilizer: weekly when in growth 
    • Re-potting: Infrequently repot 2-3 years in summer 
    • Winter protection in U.K: Protect from low temperatures 
    • Wiring: No 
    • Soil type: Kaizen Bonsai No2 
    • Approximate height: 12" 30cm
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  13. Sabina Juniper Large Bonsai Starter Tree

    Sabina Juniper Large Bonsai Starter Tree

    £12.50

    • Latin name: Juniperus Sabina 'Tamariscifolia' 
    • 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: 10" - 25cm & 21" - 54cm wide
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  14. Sawara Cypress Bonsai Starter Tree

    Sawara Cypress Bonsai Starter Tree

    £13.00

    • Latin name: Chamaecyparis Pisifera 'Boulevard'
    • 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: 16" - 40cm & 23" - 35cm wide
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