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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

    £48.00

    • 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. Cotoneaster Flowering Bonsai Tree

    Cotoneaster Flowering Bonsai Tree

    £34.00

    • Curvy trunk cotoneaster ideal for further development or growing on in larger pots
    • Supplied in glazed ceramic pots as pictured (colour may vary)
    • All of our stock is similar to the one pictured but will obviously vary to some degree
    • Limited availability
    • Approximately 10" tall overall height and 9-10" wide
    • Shipping cost will be added at the checkout
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  3. Dwarf Hinoki Cypress Large Bonsai Starter Tree

    Dwarf Hinoki Cypress Large Bonsai Starter Tree

    £21.00

    • Fantastic stocky little evergreen perfectly suited to bonsai cultivation
    • Just a little wire and a clip out turn these into very impressive bonsai
    • Good stocky trunks
    • Hinoki do very well living in bonsai pots
    • Very limited availability of these excellent little trees
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  4. 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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  5. Fuji Cherry Large Bonsai Starter Tree

    Fuji Cherry Large Bonsai Starter Tree

    £27.84

    • Latin name: Prunus incisa 'kojo-no-mai'
    • Frost hardy: Yes at least -20C
    • Position: Best in light shade or full sun
    • Watering: Water very well in summer
    • Fertilizer: Green Dream Bonsai Fertiliser 3-4 times yearly
    • Re-potting: Repot 3-4 years late March
    • Winter protection in U.K: None required
    • Wiring: Not advisable
    • Soil type: Kaizen Bonsai No2
    • Approximate height: 11-14" - 28-35cm
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  6. Ginkgo Bonsai Starter Tree

    Ginkgo Bonsai Starter Tree

    £19.50

    Latin name: Ginkgo Biloba
    Frost hardy: Yes at least -8C
    Position: Full sun or partial shade
    Watering: Keep evenly moist
    Fertilizer: Green Dream Bonsai Fertiliser 3 or 4 times yearly
    Re-potting: Infrequent, mature trees repot 2-3 years as buds show green
    Winter protection in U.K: None required
    Wiring: As required in summer
    Soil type: Kaizen Bonsai No2
    Approximate height: 10-11" overall

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  7. Japanese Maple Bonsai Starter Tree

    Japanese Maple Bonsai Starter Tree

    £7.95

    • 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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  8. Japanese Red Maple Large Bonsai Starter Tree

    Japanese Red Maple Large Bonsai Starter Tree

    £28.69

    • 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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  9. Japanese White Pine Large Bonsai Starter Tree

    Japanese White Pine Large Bonsai Starter Tree

    £34.60

    • 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: 14-16"
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  10. Privet Flowering Broom Style Bonsai Tree

    Privet Flowering Broom Style Bonsai Tree

    £38.50

    • Broom style privet ideal for further development or growing on in larger pots
    • Supplied in glazed ceramic pots as pictured
    • All of our stock is similar to the one pictured but will obviously vary to some degree
    • Limited availability
    • Approximately 14" tall overall height and 10-12" wide
    • Shipping cost will be added at the checkout
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  11. Red Pine Large Bonsai Starter Tree

    Red Pine Large Bonsai Starter Tree

    £39.95

    • Extremely rare red pine
    • Very limited supply available
    • Super stocky plants with good trunks currently available
    • The picture shows some 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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