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Bonsai are easy to care for and represent successful options for people who consider themselves something other than “green thumbs”. Unlike fragile or fussing plants that require constant monitoring and care, bonsai just need a location that’s suited to the individual variety - information that’s provided with each shipment. Since bonsai are displayed in shallow pots, which can dry out very quickly during the hot summer, proper watering is the most critical component of successful care. 

Upon receipt, simply open the box, release the tree and water well. We recommend using a humidity tray and decorative rocks. Humidity trays allow you to thoroughly water your bonsai without creating a mess.

We have segmenting our bonsai trees into two primary categories…indoor trees and outdoor trees. It is critical that recipients realize which type of bonsai they have. Our tree tags clearly state the trees and variety as well as some basic care information specific to particular tree varieties. In addition to tree tags, each of our bonsai trees are shipped with care cards which provide detailed instructions on how to care for your bonsai. Indoor trees and outdoor trees have different care cards that address the specific care needs of each type of tree.

Indoor bonsai include tropicals like ficus and jade which are adaptable to lower light conditions. The main thing to remember about indoor bonsai is that they can never be allowed to freeze and ideally should be kept at temperatures above 50 degrees. Like all trees, however, indoor bonsai enjoy being placed outside where they can receive natural sunlight and rain water during the warm summer months.

Outdoor bonsai need to be outdoors in order to thrive and should only be brought indoors for short periods of time (4 or 5 days). Conifers like pines and junipers generally do well in areas where they can receive full sun. Deciduous bonsai like maples and elms enjoy morning sun and afternoon shade. Outdoor trees need to go dormant in the winter months and should not be brought inside unless temperatures are below 25 degrees.

The care instructions provided with each tree help ensure success by answering common questions.

Watering: It’s important to never allow your bonsai to dry out completely; check the instructions that come with your individual tree for details. A small watering can is helpful for indoor trees and a hose with a gentle spray attachment works well outdoors. A soft, thorough watering that does not disturb the soil is ideal.

  Light: Sunlight requirements vary with the type of bonsai selected. Check the tag on your tree for information about ideal light conditions.

  Air Circulation: Good air circulation is helpful for all plants, bonsai included. Place your tree where there is occasional air movement, and away from heating vents, drafts and fumes.

  Grooming: To keep your bonsai looking its best over the years, feel free to remove dead leaves and to snip off any branches that have grown in odd directions.

  Trimming and Wiring: Should you decide you’d like to actively shape your bonsai as it grows, guidelines are provided in the care instruction sent with each tree.

  Winter Care:  Outdoor bonsai can freeze, but should be placed in an area where they are protected from the north wind. They should also be “heeled-in” which protects them from dramatic changes in temperature. To “heel-in” your bonsai, simply cover the entire pot in either mulch or burlap.

Although bonsai require routine watering, the other aspects of proper care are much more seasonal. With minimal care, bonsai will provide joy for years to come.

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