Bonsai trees are grown with the purpose to resemble real life trees; looking old but remaining miniature-sized. There are different methods to propagate trees suitable for Bonsai purposes, ranging from having full control on their shape and size (starting with seedlings or cuttings) to buying a ready-made tree in a shop.

Buying a Bonsai tree

Bonsai tree cultivation basics

This part of the website will provide you with detailed information about the different Bonsai propagation techniques. You can simply purchase a Bonsai tree, or grow a tree with the goal to create a Bonsai out of it in the future.

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.

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Nursery stock are young garden plants (also called prebonsai), that sometimes have great qualities for Bonsai purposes. Buying Bonsai nursery stock is a fast way of ‘propagating’ a tree and you can start right away with training it.

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In Japanese: “Yamadori” - Sometimes trees that remained small can be found in nature, due to natural circumstances such as a lack of nutrients.

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In Japanese: “Sashiki” - Cultivating trees from cuttings is very popular among Bonsai growers, as it is an inexpensive way to propagate new trees. This method will reduce the time it takes to grow trees from seeds by about a year, while also giving you the benefit of knowing in advance which characteristics the cutting will posses.

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In Japanese: “Misho” - Growing Bonsai from tree seeds can be very rewarding and gives you full control from the earliest stage possible. Although it takes a long time (at least three years) before you have a tree you can start working on, this is the only way to grow a Bonsai right from the start!

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Advanced tree propagation techniques

Topics included in this section are air-layering (forcing a tree or branch to form new roots) and grafting (“melding” a stump (the root system) and a graft (the upper portion of the trunk) together.). Let's get started.

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Online Bonsai courses

The Bonsai beginners guide ebook

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