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What means bonsai ?

Bonsai (Japanese 盆栽, meaning "planting in a pot") are trees in a pot designed using certain techniques. Bonsai consists of the two word parts Bon = pot and Sai = plant.

Bonsai tree is synonymous with the term bonsai in this context. More strictly speaking, bonsai tree is "repeated unnecessarily" because a bonsai is always a tree. Thats why most bonsai friends simply use the term bonsai for a bonsai tree.

At the same time, bonsai means an Asian garden art to design and maintain such trees. It is mainly practiced in Japan, Korea and China.

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Here you can buy your bonsai tree. All bonsai are individually photographed and after a purchase in our online shop, you get exactly the bonsai tree you have ordered. Safely packed, the tree will be delivered quickly. All orders on weekdays until 14 o'clock will be send out on the same day.

Frequently purchased bonsai trees

These bonsai species are frequently bought because the bonsai care is simple. More robust species can be found under bonsai for beginners.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Are bonsai certain tree species or special varieties ?

Bonsai are not special tree species or varieties. Bonsai are normal trees with their specific needs. They are cultivated in bonsai pots and influenced by various techniques in shape and size. The aim is to develop a harmonious and venerable tree in a pot.

But there are tree species particularly suitable for bonsai. These usually tolerate the pruning of bonsai particularly well (e.g. Ligustrum Bonsai, Japanese azalea bonsai). There are also varieties (= cultivars) of trees which, for example, have particularly small leaves or needles (e.g. White pine varieties Zuisho and Kokonoe) and are therefore particularly suitable for bonsai design.

Are bonsai dwarf trees and always small ?

The German Duden explains bonsai by saying that it is a "Japanese dwarf tree" or "the art of pulling dwarf trees practiced in Japan". The view that bonsai are small is so widespread that the word bonsai is often used as a synonym for "small". The same you can find in the Oxford dictionary: Bonsai is "the art of growing ornamental, artificially dwarfed varieties of trees and shrubs in pots."

The opinion that bonsai are small or even dwarfish is wrong and is based on the ignorance of the writers. Bonsai is above all an artistically designed tree in a pot. It has nothing to do with size - as you can see on the next pictures.

Bonsai, Bonsais, Bonzai or Bonsei - What is right ?

In the Internet is often searched for Bonzai and Bonsei. With Google the people in germany search alone 2000 times for Bonsei per month and for Bonzai about 5000 times. But what's correct now ?

At least as often is searched for bonsais. Even in respected online journals bonsais are mostly reported. Is bonsais the majority of bonsai ?

We once looked in the german Duden (a dictionary) and found that only the term bonsai is correct. Both the singular and the plural. Neither Bonsei nor Bonzai can be found in the Duden. For this reason we only use the word bonsai on the pages of our offer. Most long-time bonsai friends think the same.


The history of bonsai (or of plants cultivated in pots) dates back to ancient Egypt 4000 years ago. At that time, plants in pots were hold mainly for practical reasons (mobility). The Greeks, Babylonians, Persians and Hindus adopted this technique and continued it.

About 1800 years ago, the Chinese were the first to cultivate trees in pots for aesthetic reasons.

They developed a very simple style known as Pun-sai. These early designs often had sparse foliage and a fancy shape reminiscent of dragons or other animals. Around this Pun-sai many myths and legends grew up. Today they achieve high prices.

The Japanese adopted many cultural characteristics of the Chinese, including the cultivation of trees in bonsai pots.

Japanese scrolls from the Kamakura period (1192-1333) suggest that the art of bonsai cultivation arrived in Japan around the 6th-7th century as Buddhism spread.

Once introduced, it quickly developed its own bonsai style. The art of bonsai design left the monasteries and was valued by the nobility as a symbol of prestige and honor. Ideals and beliefs changed drastically over the years. Already in the 14th century, a separate, Japanese style had formed.

In the middle of the 19th century, after more than 230 years of isolation from the world, Japan opened up. Soon, the knowledge of old-looking miniature trees in clay bonsai pots came through travelers to Europe. Exhibitions at the end of the 19th century in London, Vienna and especially in Paris (World's Fair 1900) presented bonsai trees to the world for the first time.

A bonsai industry quickly developed, developing new bonsai styles and new bonsai species. Various adjustments were made to certain countries and cultures.

Today a bonsai for the Japanese is a fusion of ancient beliefs with Far Eastern philosophy, the harmony between man, spirit and nature. The New year in Japan is only complete when a blossoming apricot bonsai or plum stands in the Tokonoma - a special niche of the Japanese house.

Bonsai plants are no longer a privilege of the upper classes. Employees and workers also enjoy them.

Ficus Bonsai: Easy-care indoor bonsai with attractive aerial roots ✅ Care and design instructions ✅ Rarely pest infestation or diseases ✅

Bonsai care

The fig tree (fig, ficus), especially the small-leaved species such as the Banyan fig, are well suited for the design as bonsai. The keeping of the fig tree as an indoor bonsai is uncomplicated. It can be described as a good bonsai beginner tree (inexpensive, available everywhere, easy to style, fast-growing).


Indoor bonsai hardly grow in our apartments in winter due to lack of light. Therefore they do not need fertilization during this time. During the growing period, however, fertilizers should be applied regularly and frequently. You can use all fertilizers offered in the bonsai trade. We recommend Biogold Bonsai fertilizer from Japan. The advantages are: You only need to think about fertilizing every 4-6 weeks (then press the pellets into the soil) and above all - Biogold does not smell.

If you take Bonsai liquid fertilizer for your Ficus Bonsai - give from March to September calmly the double. These liquid fertilizers do not contain very much nitrogen (usually 3%). In our opinion, this is not enough. We give a lot more in our bonsai nursery.

Watering, Pouring

As bonsai from tropical areas, Ficus species should not dry out. They don't have to be kept wet all the time either. Moderately damp is best. Often we are asked how often you have to water the bonsai. This question is difficult to answer. It depends on many factors. In summer on the balcony on a windy day you often have to water twice a day. In the winter in the flat it can be that once in the week must be poured. It's best to put your palm on the ground. If it feels wet, it doesn't need to be poured. A ball shower for the irrigation of indoor bonsai has proved itself well.

Ficus bonsai tree - Advantages for bonsai design

  • Ficus types are very well cut-compatible. A bonsai sprouts well again after pruning.
  • Ficus bonsai trees are evergreen. So they can enjoy the tree all year round.
  • As an easy-care bonsai, a Ficus tree is well suited for beginners or as a gift.
  • Although he likes a lot of light, a ficus with relative light gets along well. Nevertheless - keep as bright as possible.
  • Many styles, even cascades, are easy to create. The often existing aerial roots look very attractive.
  • Ficus bonsai trees are hardly affected by pests and are not susceptible to disease.

Ficus Bonsai - Import - Pictures from China

Ficus Bonsai - import - selection from the producer

Ficus Bonsai - Stock pictures

Ficus Bonsai - Stock pictures

Bonsai - Frequently asked questions (FAQ)

How often do I have to water my ficus bonsai?

Often we are asked how often you have to pour your Ficus bonsai. This question is difficult to answer. It depends on many factors.

In the summer on the balcony on a windy day you often have to water twice a day. In the winter in the apartment it may be that once a week must be poured. It is best to put the palm of your hand on the soil. If he feels damp it does not need to be watered. A ball shower for watering indoor bonsai works well.

My Ficus bonsai gets yellow leaves - What can I do ?

The fig tree species we offer (Ficus retusa) needs a lot of light even in the darker seasons. Often, the banyan fig in the darker winter months suffers from lack of light.

If a Ficus bonsai gets yellow leaves this is almost always due to lack of light. Lack of light occurs especially after the purchase (the tree comes from the bright greenhouse in a much darker room) and in winter, when the days are short and dark. Then the ficus drops some leaves inside the crown. Find the brightest place in the apartment and put it there. Best is a south side, directly on the window.

Sometimes, especially in winter, it can take a few weeks or months for the tree to get new leaves. Do not be alarmed. Simply set brightly, pour moderately (without allowing to dry out) and do not fertilize or repot until the leaves sprout again.

Bonsaischule Wenddorf - Profile

Our Bonsainursery, today located in Wenddorf (Germany), was founded in 1993 as a Bonsai center in Leipzig. The most important goal from the beginning was the cultivation of high quality bonsai raw material.

In Europe, there is little experience with it. Therefore, all techniques had to be developed independently. Most bonsai friends know: A long, arduous journey. Today we have come a good step closer to our goal. 10000 bonsai blanks with very good roots indicate that.

As a specialized bonsai dealer we have been established the bonsai retailers business via Internet since 1999. Today we send many 1000 orders annually. You can also visit us directly in Wenddorf and choose your bonsai from us.

In order to guarantee best prices, we import almost all products directly from the manufacturer. Mostly from China, Japan, Taiwan, Spain.