New Bonsai Trees

Posted by Amy on Mar 1, 2012

Taking care of bonsai trees is basically quite straightforward once you know some specialized approaches previously only known to the Japanese bonsai masters.

Types of Bonsai Trees

The most popular bonsai plants are juniper bonsai, ficus bonsai or fig bonsai (its name comes from the Rainforest Fig) and maple bonsai. Other types of bonsai include pine, azalea, elm, serissa, zelkova, jade, ginkgo, olive, oak and cypress bonsai.

Common sorts of ficus bonsai are the Narrow Leaf or Willow Leaf Fig, Weeping Fig, Chinese Banyan, Morton Bay Fig, Port Jackson Fig, Green Island Fig.

Bonsai Care

A bonsai tree begins life as a smaller or partially grown tree as the source material, typically chosen from a species recognized to be appropriate for bonsai development. Once this grows into a suitable size, it can be moved to a ceramic bonsai pot.

The bonsai’s growth is moderated by pruning, root reduction, potting, defoliation, and grafting so as to form the bonsai into a form resembling that of a full mature tree. The beauty of a bonsai tree is that even common seed species may be put to use and transformed into miniature functions of art.

Serissa are a well-known indoor bonsai tree that’s also identified because the ‘Tree of a Thousand Stars’ as a result of the huge amount of white flowers they can produce. Some folks have difficulties with Serissa bonsai trees yellowing or dropping their leaves but our simple to comply with guide will need to aid avoid that.


A prevalent approach utilized to grow a bonsai is cutting off part of the growing tree and placing it in a soil medium to develop roots. Cat litter is also commonly used as soil.

Serissa require beneficial light but attempt and stay away from putting them in a window in direct sunlight because the air may be too hot and dry for them. They prefer a stable temperature and tremendously varying degrees of heat will be a single reason why they yellow and drop their leaves. They will benefit from periods outdoor in summer.

Another strategy is referred to as layering, in which an existing branch is cultivated to produce roots, thereby producing a candidate for the trunk of a brand new tree.


Bonsai trees thrive outdoors, but certain tropical and Mediterranean species are appropriate to be grown indoors. Each type of tree requires an atmosphere where the temperature, humidity, soil variety and sunlight conditions are similar to its native environment. Certain species of trees are a lot easier to grow into bonsai trees as they are far more hardy and highly tolerant to diverse soil types.

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Indoor bonsai vs. Outdoor bonsai

Posted by Bonsai Care on Mar 25, 2011

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by Okinawa Soba

One school of thought is that trees are outdoor plants and putting them into pots does not transform them into indoor plants.  Many believe that if you bring bonsai inside, they will die.  While not necessarily true, you will probably see much better results if you let your bonsai flourish outside rather than indoors.

Just remember that you are going to be growing and cultivating a tree in a tray or pot.  Trees need lots of sunlight and care to grow.  Just because the trees are in a tray or pot instead of the ground doesn’t mean they don’t need the same care.

However, Bonsai are still trees and must have outdoor living conditions. Trees need good light, good humidity levels, good air circulation and importantly, many species NEED the cold of winter to go dormant. Inside our homes, trees receive comparatively poor light levels and the dry air  with low humidity levels created by central heating systems can cause many problems.

There are species that will tolerate indoor conditions and with the correct placement and care can thrive.  There are also many species that are not hardy enough to tolerate the winter cold. But, these are in the minority.

It is far more difficult to cultivate indoor Bonsai than outdoor Bonsai. Outdoor species very rarely die immediately when grown inside, they can survive for months. However they slowly lose their health and vigor in the adverse conditions they have to cope with, and become susceptible to bugs and disease until they finally start to show outward signs of ill-health; yellowing leaves, lose of foliage and eventually death.
There are many varieties of plants that do well as an indoor bonsai such as ficus, aralia, azalea, Norfolk pine, serissa, gardenia, or boxwood. Note that these are all woody-stemmed plants and can have their limbs wired to direct the growth.

Tropical and subtropical varieties can not tolerate tempers below 40 – 50 degrees F. These plants can be left outside when the temperatures stay above this. Light inside the house should be by filtered sunlight from an east, south, or west window. Grow lights 12 hours per day work well. Outside in summer place in partial shade

There is NO coniferous species that can tolerate indoor cultivation for more than 2 or 3 years.  This isimportant to keep in mind as most successful bonsai trees are of the coniferous species.

In mild climates, temperate bonsai should remain outdoors year round. In cold climates, temperate climate plants should be grown outdoors during the warm seasons of the year, but will need winter protection. It is possible to grow temperate climate plants indoors in winter if they are first given the required period of dormancy.

The urge is strong for beginners to grow their bonsai indoors. Although a few traditional species for bonsai may be grown indoors year round if they are given a dormant rest period, you should be aware that this requires some skills usually obtained from growing bonsai for a few years. We can safely say that as a beginner, you should begin with growing your bonsai outdoors.

Alright, so, how do you start your own bonsai masterpiece?  Let’s first consider the tools you’ll need.


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Nice Bonsai Ficus photos

Posted by Bonsai Care on Mar 3, 2011

Some cool bonsai ficus images:

Ficus nerifolia informal upright – Beginning of a bonsai
bonsai ficus

Image by OpenEye
Here is a closeup of the trunk in its original state. You can see multiple upwards growing large branches that would compete with each other if left in the design. The large branch on the right is almost vertical; clearly unrealistic for a branch that high on an old tree (or at least a nice looking old tree). Most importantly, the taper goes from large to small quickly. This needs to be a more smooth transition on a convincing, aesthetically pleasing bonsai.

Bonsai Ficus Retusa
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Image by jmiguel.rodriguez

How do you care for a Bonsai Ficus?

Posted by Bonsai Care on Feb 25, 2011

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by VanDerMouche

Question by Halie: How do you care for a Bonsai Ficus?
I just got a bonsai ficus it is about 11 1/2 inches from the bottom of the trunk to the tip of the highest leaf and I have no idea how to take care of it. Can anyone help me figure out how to take care of my plant?

Best answer:

Answer by Tashi D
I bought one, too! It is absolutely ADORABLE!!!
The clerk at the store told me to just prune it to my own taste.
What I plan to do, then, is to let it go for a bit, as it gets used to my house (I have had it for about 3 months now, so I am becoming comfortable that it approves of its environment), and then I will watch its growth and keep some of the growth cut off , with the intention of being able to view those beautiful spiralling patterned branches without there being “congestion” hiding that growth, if that makes any sense.
At the store, they had some larger specimens to observe, and that’s how I was able to decide what I would like and would not like.

What do you think? Answer below!

Great Tips On How To Grow A Bonsai Ficus Ginseng

Posted by Bonsai Care on Feb 24, 2011

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by Vinicius Costa

One of the more particular types of plants that you have the ability to try to grow by yourself is a Bonsai tree. These are small sized trees that are able to be produced in tiny pots. They might be really tough to grow and care for if you have not done it before.

There are several unusual types of Bonsai trees that you can choose to develop – but none of these is more stunning then the Bonsai ficus ginseng. In its natural habitat this tree is really large and one of the most pleasant you will ever come across. What makes this so unusual is its root system. They are commonly exposed and below a huge trunk. This is excellent for trying to grow it in smaller form.

You have the ability to grow this particular type of tree in both low light environments as well as ones that are well lit and take in natural sunlight. They will require a great amount of water in order to stay properly hydrated. During the summer months they will call for quite a bit more – but a bit less during the winter months. Do not be troubled if you water it too much every so often. This might happen and the tree adapts well when it does.

If you are a tolerant gardener then you will prize the time it demands to develop. It is a bit slower then many plants. Yet, this may also depend upon the conditions in which you are growing it in. You will need to repot the tree each year or sometimes every two years. The soil needs to be healthy – but beyond that it has the ability to grow in almost anything.

This is one of the best trees to develop because it does not need your attention every second of the day. The hardest process of taking care of it is when it is time to prune it. The leaves on this tree will need to be pinched in order to keep the crown looking well maintained and harmonious for the tree. Every six leaves that develop three need to be removed. Make sure that you have the required Bonsai tools to get the job done properly.

With the proper Bonsai Tree Tools you will be able to grow your very own unique Bonsai Tree.

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Q&A: Should I remove little clovers that are growing around my bonsai ficus?

Posted by Bonsai Care on Feb 19, 2011

Question by Michael K: Should I remove little clovers that are growing around my bonsai ficus?
I recently purchased a bonsai ficus. It is about 7 inches tall. Around to base there are many tiny clover looking things growing. Should I remove these? Or are they a good thing?

Best answer:

Answer by The Muse
Remove them if it’s clover. Clover will draw nutrients and moisture from the soil. Some have a moss planted on the soil surface to help maintain moisture and that’s okay. It’s there for a purpose. Bonsai are in small, shallow pots to help maintain the tiny growth of the plants. The larger foreign plants will only serve to kill off your bonsai. You can see more about bonsai care on this site.

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Brussel’s Golden Gate Ficus Bonsai Reviews

Posted by Bonsai Care on Feb 11, 2011

Brussel’s Golden Gate Ficus Bonsai

  • Tropical beauty – indoor bonsai
  • Perfect for the home or office
  • Imported from southern China
  • 4 Years old; 9 inches tall
  • Ficus microcarpa ‘Golden Gate’

Imported from China, our Golden Gate Ficus have been meticulously trained for wonderful truck movement. The Chinese have hand-wired every tree to create the trunks’ beautiful swirl. The small dark green leaves make the Golden Ficus perfectly suited for bonsai. In the ficus family, this variety is the best for growing indoors.

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how long does it take for a bonsai ficus to bond to a rock?

Posted by Bonsai Care on Feb 8, 2011

Question by : how long does it take for a bonsai ficus to bond to a rock?
i have a bonsai ficus nightengale and i wired it to a rock then planted it in sandy soil. how long will it take for it to bond to the rock?

Best answer:

Answer by Cat
You mean, how long before you can take the wire off? It depends how fast it grows. It will gradually form itself around it as it grows. Keep a close eye on it. When it starts to look “tight”, snip the wire off.

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Bonsai Trees Gardening Secrets

Posted by Bonsai Care on Feb 6, 2011

Perth, WA (PRWEB) April 21, 2006

Internet surfers from all over the world are eager to read “Bonsai Gardening Secrets”, which is now the best-selling bonsai growing ebook on Clickbank by Erik Olsen.

Erik exposes a step by step guide to creating bonsai trees that is ideal for beginners who have no experience in gardening. Erik receives a daily flow of positive testimonials regarding his ebook.

One of his users are quoted as saying about Bonsai Gardening Secrets “After spending all last month trying to figure out why my ficus (bonsai) was dying, I’m so glad I found your book on Google. It took me about half an hour to realize I’ve been going about taking care of it all wrong. Now you’ve got me wanting to try out the other techniques you highlighted. I’ve never purchased a “e-Book” before…but I’ve got one word for you… wow.”

People can purchase the ebook directly from his website that can be downloaded and read immediately. The main benefit of the ebook is that it is written in plain english allowing anyone to make use of Erik’s knowledge.

According to Erik, there are fourteen major styles of bonsai, and he shows you can create each one in your home to suit your lifestyle.

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Cool Bonsai Ficus images

Posted by Bonsai Care on Jan 10, 2011

Check out these bonsai ficus images:

Ficus bonsai on display
bonsai ficus

Image by OpenEye
This is the tree in January of 06 on display at a club meeting. It shows the speed with which tropicals can be developed as bonsai. All of the branches have been developed since the fall of 2004.

Sumo ficus bonsai
bonsai ficus

Image by OpenEye
after defoliation and wiring 2-25-07.

Here’s the tree back last February. Note the two "sausage-like" roots that have been removed in this pic. The tree is also more ramified; that is has more intricate branching.

I’ll post a picture after the tree replaces the leaves I cut off.

Ficus nerifolia informal upright – Beginning of a bonsai
bonsai ficus

Image by OpenEye
This is the tree as I bought it at Dura-Stone Nursery; Jim Smith’s famous nursery in Vero Beach Florida.

This is textbook quality pre-bonsai material. It was grown over time with excellent taper being created and growth that allowed many of the wounds to heal. Extra branches were left on to allow the final bonsai creator a selection of branches to choose from.

At first glance its already a pretty impressive bonsai. Closer inspection shows problems that would prevent it from being a great tree someday.

Bonsai Tree, Bonsai Information, and More for the World Bonsai Devotees

Posted by Bonsai Care on Jan 5, 2011

Lexington, KY (PRWEB) July 26, 2006

Bonsai Star ( has launched a bonsai site for the world bonsai tree devotees. In this site you will get information about bonsai tree, plant, for sale, pot, care, picture, and Indonesian bonsai. We provide solutions for you in the area of collections, tools, and eBooks (Techniques, Tips, and Tricks). You will also get periodic newsletters contain precious information and solutions from our bonsai master, Suhendra (Former Chief of Bandung Bonsai Society). You could enjoy our collections that reflect the true art of Indonesia bonsai in the galleries and then give us your opinions. We select only natural resources from potential areas in Indonesia, to be shaped and nurtured by bonsai masters.

Several bonsai species that you would find in our galleries are : Rhododendron, Ficus Compacta, Jumper Rigida, Carmona Mycrophylla, Podocarpus, Wrightia Religrosa, Phyllantus Niruri, Pyracanta Grenulata, Hibicus Tiliaceus, Carmona Mycrophylla, Ficus Benjamina, Juniperus Cinensis, Phemna Microphylla, Juniperus Rigida, Ficus Microcarpa, Ficus Compacta, Serisa Fotida, Malphigia, Pyracanta Grenulata, Triphasia Trifolia, Maiphigia Coccigera, Ficus Longisland, Triphasia Trifolia, Erica, Black Pine, Phempis Acdula, Ficus Compekia and many more. Enjoy the true art of bonsai.

You could also download our free eBooks and receive tips and tricks from Indonesia’s Bonsai Master. In Bonsai Parahyangan Gallery eBook you will discover some of our finest bonsai which gave significant contributions in Bandung festival, which was the biggest festival in town. Beside eBooks you will get precious articles, as featured on EzineArticles contain bonsai information and solutions, which will be delivered directly to you to increase bonsai knowledge and expertise.


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Posted by Bonsai Care on Dec 22, 2010

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An Indoor Bonsai — Ficus Bonsai Tree

Posted by Bonsai Care on Nov 29, 2010

A video of a 30 year old Ficus bonsai tree, some information about the care and pruning of Ficus bonsai trees.
Video Rating: 4 / 5

Some heavy work on a large Ficus Benjamina prebonsai to make it into a bonsai tree. Included is the removal of a branch stub with a pruning saw, removal of several other branches, and wiring of the first branch and future apex. In Part 2 we will pot the tree in a bonsai pot. Another bonsai presentation from
Video Rating: 3 / 5