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Ligustrum lucid ‘Chinese Privet’ | Small | £19
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Great Beginners Bonsai and easy to care for. Small Privet Bonsai, approximately 23-25cm tall and displayed in a ceramic pot.
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Ligustrum ‘Chinese Privet’ this is a hardy deciduous plant with small glossy, dark green leaves. They are fast growing and easy to train as bonsai. They can be grown outdoors where they do well. They can also be grown indoors and they need a bright, sunny and not too warm position (around 10°C). If it is kept indoors it will benefit from a spell outside in the summer. 

Variegated forms show better colouration when placed in full sun. 

Water regularly, compost should be kept moist all year round, especially during the growing season. 

Please Note: The picture is for guidance only. It is not generally possible to send the tree in the picture. We may need to send you one that's similar in terms of size, shape, pot and age. The appearance of the tree may vary depending on the season.
 
Care of Indoor Bonsai
Indoor Bonsai are not difficult to look after. Here are some basic care suggestions. For more detailed instruction for various species please purchase The Bonsai Bible, by Peter Chan.

Location
The two main thing your bonsai will need is light and water. So a bright airy room with lots of light is a good start. Direct sunlight is best in most cases, if possible. We suggest a window sill as the best position away from any heat sources (central heating, radiator etc)

Temperature
Keep in a cool room -10-15C best for most indoor varieties (Elm, Ilex, Podocarpus, Citrus, Pepper, Olive, Pomegranate, Loropetalum, Buxus, Sageretia ). These varieties do not like a room that's too warm. If the room is too warm, they dry out quickly and their leaves get weak and straggly.  The Elm can in fact be grown outdoors all year round as it is an indoor or outdoor bonsai.

10-15C - Ideal for most Indoor bonsai
15-20C - Ideal for Ficus, Jade, Serissa and Carmona

Watering
Watering is the key to keeping the bonsai alive. If you forget to water for a few days, the tree could suffer.
Keep soil damp at all times but not soggy. Spray the leaves occasionally to create humidity.

Pruning Shoots
Prune new growth regularly to maintain the shape of the bonsai.
If you don't prune often the tree will lose its shape and can become straggly.
Prune when new shoots grow which is normally in Spring and Summer.

Pruning Roots or Re-potting 
Re-pot or root prune only when the tree gets pot bound. Usually every two or three years (this varies so check species).
Spring is the best time for doing this.Prune enough roots off to make space for new soil.

Feeding
Feed once or twice a month during the growing season usually Spring- Summer (check species)
Use liquid or pellet fertiliser (always read the instructions on the packet)

Visit our FAQ page for more advice.
Bonsai Workshops and Classes run by Herons Bonsai
We have been running our bonsai classes and workshops at Herons for over thirty years and they have been the source of inspiration for many bonsai enthusiasts. The sessions are run by one of the Herons team and are held two or three times a month.
 
What is a Workshop?
All our workshops are hands on sessions for all abilities, ranging from beginner to advanced levels. You can learn any aspect of bonsai in this class. You have a choice of;-

A TWO - HOUR intensive or a WHOLE DAY four hour workshop

The workshops usually start at 11am to 1pm for the Two Hour Intensive and from 11am -4pm (with an hour's break for lunch) for the Whole Day workshop.

Prices - £49 for the Two-Hour Intensive and £69 for the Whole Day workshop.

Prices for the workshops are for instruction only. You can bring your own material to work on or use material from our nursery. If you like what you make on the workshop you simply pay for the material at the end of the class. If you simply wish to use our material to practice on, you are welcome to do that too.

We offer a choice of courses to cater for all abilities. Excellent value considering what you can learn in just a short while.

New dates are posted on our web site each month. You can book a course online or over the phone.

Our workshops teach you all you need to know about a particular subject from how to care for various species to how create them from ordinary trees and shrubs. Our most recent introduction is the semi-trained material workshop. At these workshops you pay an all in price to include the plant material, a pot, all the wires you need and complete tuition.

Please go to our General Bonsai Workshop page to book your place.
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