Beginner bonsai are the easiest to grow and maintain which makes them best for students and novices learning this art form. If shaping your own design is something you want to try early on, there are bonsai trees for beginners as bonsai starter kits just for this.

Many people new to this hobby, like to buy a fully formed tree, others buy a tree kit to do it themselves. To start a collection or as your first bonsai to teach yourself this art form, I recommend a cascading juniper tree with a simple shape. (the tree in a pot slopes down one side) Each has its own benefits! If you buy a complete package you do get everything but are limited to the type of tree. Buying individually means you can get what you want and try shaping with the proper tools, when you are ready.

This category of bonsai are among the easiest trees to maintain indoors and are more tolerant of lower lighting and some watering neglect.

bonsai trees for beginners

  • The easiest of all bonsai to grow. Excellent starter trees for the beginners.
    Good trees to maintain indoors and are more tolerant of poor lighting conditions, with some watering neglect.
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If you are new to this and unsure what tree you should buy, take your time. First consider the two types of bonsai trees for beginners, outdoor and indoor trees. I feel most beginners should start with indoor trees, except juniper bonsai which are rated very easy care for a beginner. Flowering an fruiting trees are little harder to grow because they need a little more specialized winter or seasonal care.

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  • These impressive, trouble-free evergreens are an excellent tree for the beginners.
Juniper Bonsai Trees for beginners

  • Should be grown outdoors on patio or covered deck.
  • All can be bought at wholesale prices
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They are very hardy, long-lived, and tolerate many adverse conditions.

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All bonsai trees for beginners can be bought at wholesale prices.
Indoor  plants for beginners

  • This selection of bonsai trees are “indoor” bonsai which do well indoors or outdoors in warmer temperatures
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These bonsai trees for beginners make a great gifts for the home or office, classroom or dorm and are easy to care for.

Beginner Bonsai Trees: Beginner Tips

If you are thinking that you want a house plant as your first bonsai we have more information here on low light house plants for beginners. These bonsai for beginners do not require natural light from a window and will do very well on a desktop, shelf or table. To give as a unique gift idea you could find a bonsai tree on sale that is the same age as the person you are giving the gift to.

You will probably find like all first time growers, shaping is the hardest part, don’t get carried away with trimming and pruning. They are miniature trees but grown in a bonsai style. When you are shaping a tree your goal is to end up with something that looks like a full grown tree. The object of this art form is to have the tree and the pot form a single harmonious unit where the shape, texture and color of one compliments the other. Every branch and twig of your plant is shaped or eliminated until the chosen image is achieved. Once this shape has formed, you only need to maintain the shape or as time goes by to improve on it. The top view should enable you to see down through the foliage to make sure the branches are not covering each other completely and it should also have a few roots showing.

As a novice or student if you will, you will need a few basic bonsai tools for cutting and shaping your miniature tree. Go to this page to find out exactly what tools and supplies are available. Just buy what you need, you can add to your tool collection later.Another key ingredient central to this hobby is time. The growth process takes time, and there are no shortcuts.

The growing year is the usual time span by which success is measured. Caring for you Bonsai over time creates a deep sense of satisfaction. There is no replacement for time; it is always constant and moving forward. It is said that through the study of Bonsai, one will learn more about life.It’s all about trees, trees grown in miniature. It is also about time and space and about life and attitudes.

Historically, Bonsai was a part of the culture, an important part of family heritage. Equally for Bonsai beginners it can be, simply a horticultural hobby or past time requiring no more than a measure of common garden sense, some artistic ability and plenty of patience.