Kits and Starter trees for beginners
Beginner bonsai trees are the easiest to grow and maintain which
makes them best for learning this art form. If shaping your own
design is something
you want to try early on, there are bonsai below recommended just for this.
Many people new to this
hobby, like to buy a fully formed tree, others buy a
bonsai tree kit to do it themselves. To start a collection
or as your first bonsai to teach yourself this art form, I recommend
juniper bonsai tree with a simple shape.
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These can be
grown outdoors or indoors.
Junipers really are outdoor trees but can be grown indoors.
If you give a
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Boxwood are recommended for beginners by the Brooklyn
Botanical Gardens as the most interesting and easy to shape is a
boxwood bonsai tree. Kits come with everything you
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Fukien Tea Bonsai Tree
The flowers turn into red berries that
turn darker with age.
Tree shown here is 9 years old and stands
about 10 inches tall.
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.
If you are unsure what bonsai tree you should buy take your
time. First consider whether you want an
bonsai tree or an outdoor tree. I feel all beginners should start with indoor trees, they can be
grown inside or outside. Outdoor bonsai need a little more
specialized winter or seasonal care.
you get a tree that has been started for you and all you need to do
is shape it. These are called pre-bonsai trees and are a very good
choice to start with.
Everything the novice needs to create their own bonsai tree.
Starter kits include the following:
- a glazed ceramic bonsai pot.
- your choice of a juniper, boxwood or azalea
- Training wire so you can shape the trunk and branches.
- Humidity drip tray to hold water and control the climate around your
- Bonsai shears and a book on tips
- popular gifts to give someone is to buy a pre bonsai tree
or starter bonsai in a kit
If you are thinking that you want a house plant instead of a tree
we have more information here on
low light house plants for beginners. These bonsai trees for beginners do not
require natural light from a window and will do very well on a
desktop, shelf or table.
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. One of the most .
Are bonsai hard to shape?
You will probably find like all beginners, shaping is the hardest part,
don't get carried away with trimming and pruning. They are
miniature trees but in a bonsai style. When you are shaping a tree
your goal is to end up with something that looks like a full grown
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 bonsai 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 beginner 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.
If you have trouble growing indoor
plants and trees, I highly recommend a
bonsai care called the Indoor Bonsai by Paul Lesneiwicz. It offers
ideas and instructions on how to care for the indoor plant. Its easy to
understand and shows you which
tools are needed for each step.