Most Bonsai enthusiasts started their hobby with a ready-made Bonsai tree, bought in a Bonsai shop or received as a present. Although you will not experience the fun of creating your own tree, it is a great way to get started and get a feeling for the basic care for Bonsai trees. Once you get enthusiastic about Bonsai you can eventually learn growing them yourself.
Where and how to buy a Bonsai tree?
Most large garden centers sell low-priced Bonsai trees, although these are usually not of high quality. Many specialized (online) Bonsai shops sell Bonsai trees as well, though at slightly higher prices. Check this article for a store near you; Bonsai trees for sale.
Some basic advice for buying Bonsai trees:
- Do not start with buying a species of tree that is hard to care for; it is recommended for beginners to start with an easy-to-care for tree. Check our Bonsai tree species guide or ask before purchasing a tree!
- Buy a tree that is suitable for the place where you intend to put it; only indoor (sub-tropical) trees will do well indoors, just like outdoor trees will only do well when placed outside (check the list of recommendable species below)
- Do not forget to ask what species of tree you bought; this is important to look up information about how to care for it properly.
- Check the pot for damage.
Buying Bonsai trees movie
Selecting your tree
We recommend these tree species for you to start with:
Indoor Bonsai trees; a Ficus, Carmona and Chinese elm.
Outdoor Bonsai trees; a Juniper, Pine tree and Japanese maple.