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What is bonsai








Contrary to popular belief, “bonsai” does not refer to a type of plant, but a style of growing. Bonsai is an ancient Japanese artform whose goal is to replicate nature in miniature form. Almost any type of tree or shrub, and many succulents, can be used in bonsai. Bonsai is a trendy part of home décor and indoor gardening, because it can be learned and practiced by anyone, it doesn’t require much space, and it is a great way to add peace and beauty to your surroundings.

Join us at Greenland on Saturday, September 29th at 1pm with 630 CHED Garden Show host Joe Gadbois for a free, short but informative session on the basics of bonsai.

To complement our new selection of imported Japanese bonsai supplies, we have brought in a wonderful selection of beautiful starter bonsai plant material, suitable for indoor growing. See below for some information on just a few of the species available, and be sure to drop in to the store to see our entire selection.

Elephant Tree Bonsai (Portulacaria afra)

Succulent enthusiasts will be familiar with this popular plant, which is one of the best bonsai to start with for beginners. Also known as “mini jade”, it resembles a jade plant but with much smaller leaves, making it really look like a tiny tree. These are available in both regular and variegated forms, and are easy to grow in bright light. Simply allow the plant to thoroughly dry between watering and do not overwater – a perfect plant for those who tend to forget to water.

Jungle Geranium Bonsai (Ixora javanica)

These beautiful shrubs have lush glossy foliage and will bloom profusely with large clusters of flowers, usually in shades of coral red and orange. These will grow and flower best in a sunny window; water thoroughly when the top inch of soil has dried, and fertilize regularly in spring and summer.

Black Olive Bonsai (Bucida sp.)

This olive does not produce edible olives (like Olea spp.) but is a delightful ornamental that really demonstrates the “classic” bonsai look. Its wiry branches with small, glossy leaves naturally grow in a layered and zig-zag fashion, allowing you to create some really unique and natural-looking forms. Note that this species can drop its leaves randomly at various times of year (especially winter) but will leaf out again. Drastically reduce watering on leafless trees until new buds begin to swell.

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