Here we present our own hand-picked selection of trees that are perfect for beginners. They also make wonderful gifts. Young or old, anyone can learn to care for a bonsai and train it into a wonderful living work of art. To begin caring for a bonsai tree, all you need is a pot, some soil, and a lot of love. Here, we put together kits of the most-needed and most popular tools and accessories that will help your bonsai tree live a long and happy life.
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Could be happier with my purchase, plant is alive and well. Came packed well. This tree is bigger than I thought it would be. I've made a beautiful selection! Very healthy tree when received, will buy again from Bonsai Outlet! It all started in , when my wife gave me a bonsai for my birthday. With a little online research and a single book, I was able to keep this first tree alive. Turns out that with proper care, bonsai trees aren't too difficult to keep alive. I'm happy to report that this first tree is still alive and flourishing today, thank you very much. As I became more courageous, I decided it was time to prune my tree.
Low maintenance bonsai, like the Ginseng Grafted Ficus, are great for beginners and go-getters. Starter Success Kits come with a humidity tray, essential nutrients, and a book on bonsai care. Show-stoppers, like the Dwarf Jade, transform any room into a gorgeous tropical getaway. Outdoor bonsai, like a beautiful flowering Camellia, can brighten up gardens, patios and balconies. The flowing trunks and branches of Juniper specimens are meticulously trained and maintained. For those that have acquired a taste for quality bonsai, here are some options. Refined, rare, and regal, these bonsai are the best of the best, suitable for experienced masters.
The Japanese tradition dates back over a thousand years. The loanword "bonsai" a Japanese pronunciation of the earlier Chinese term penzai has become an umbrella term in English, attached to many forms of potted or other plants,  and also on occasion to other living and non-living things. According to Stephen Orr in The New York Times , "the term should be reserved for plants that are grown in shallow containers following the precise tenets of bonsai pruning and training, resulting in an artful miniature replica of a full-grown tree in nature. Purposes of bonsai are primarily contemplation for the viewer, and the pleasant exercise of effort and ingenuity for the grower. Instead, bonsai practice focuses on long-term cultivation and shaping of one or more small trees growing in a container. A bonsai is created beginning with a specimen of source material. This may be a cutting , seedling , or small tree of a species suitable for bonsai development. Bonsai can be created from nearly any perennial woody-stemmed tree or shrub species  that produces true branches and can be cultivated to remain small through pot confinement with crown and root pruning. Some species are popular as bonsai material because they have characteristics, such as small leaves or needles, that make them appropriate for the compact visual scope of bonsai. The source specimen is shaped to be relatively small and to meet the aesthetic standards of bonsai.