From as little as £5 for a small bonsai. An average size bonsai costs about £45
Small (up to 20cm); Medium (20-50cm); Large (50-150cm)
Indoor bonsai are more difficult to keep than outdoor bonsai, but if you are used to
keeping houseplants you should be successful with indoor ones. Indoor bonsai are
difficult because growing them in a room is an unnatural environment in their native
habitat, they would grow outdoors.
Keep on a window sill where they get maximum light, and make sure the soil is moist
at all times. Never let the soil dry out. Do not leave above any central heating.
Trees live outdoors and when you grow them in their natural environment they stand a better
chance of survival.
Outdoor bonsai can live hundreds of years! If you keep your Indoor bonsai well, it can live 20
years or more.
Indoors - The Chinese Elm and Ficus are the easiest.
Outdoors - The Pines and Junipers for Evergreens, and Maples for Deciduous.
We provide a full design, construction and maintenance service. If you want to build a garden
yourself we stock everything you will need and you can even buy a starter kit containing all
of the essential elements.
What is a bonsai, as opposed to a tree? Are there different types of bonsai?
A bonsai is simply a tree or shrub which has been specially shaped to make it resemble a full grown tree that you would find in nature.
Bonsai can be made from any plant material.
You can have either Indoor or Outdoor bonsai depending on the type of plant material that has been used to create them.
So if you create a bonsai from temperate climate plants, these should be grown outdoors.
If you use tropical or sub-tropical plants (the type used for house plants), then these bonsai are suitable for Indoors.
Where are they from?
Bonsai sold commercially are mostly from China and Japan, although some European growers produce them from native material
How long do they live?
There are some bonsai in China and Japan which are well over a thousand years old. Most bonsai can live many centuries.
The Chinese Elm is the most common variety of bonsai produced in China and exported to the West.
How long do they live?
They are very hardy and versatile because they can be used either as Indoor or Outdoor bonsai. Their ability to grow in a wide range of temperatures (from minus 12C to plus 45C) makes them a popular plant.
Where to put them in terms of light? Near a window?
Indoor bonsai need maximum light in order to grow well. So the window sill is the best place to keep them. Most indoor bonsai prefer a cool room.
How much water?
Indoor bonsai should be watered regularly . Keep the soil damp at all times but not soaking wet. Forgetting to water indoor bonsai is the single
most common cause of death of indoor bonsai. Frequency of watering will depend on the warmth and humidity of the room.
What’s the best temperature? Humidity?
Most indoor bonsai prefer a cool environment and as much humidity as possible. The Ficus however need slightly higher temperatures (12-20C is best)
Should you talk to them?
It wouldn’t do it any harm. It just shows that you care for them!
How to prune them?
Don’t let the shoots grow too long. Regular pruning with scissors will keep the bonsai in good shape
How often should the roots be cut or be re-potted
Every two or three years when the roots have filled the pot. Remove some of the tangled mass of roots and add fresh compost.
How often should you feed them.
Feed your bonsai during the growing season which is from March to September. Any fertiliser will do.
Do you suffer from pests and disease
Like all plants, bonsai are susceptible to pests and disease. If you see pests, you can get rid of them by jetting them off with a hose or use insecticide.