Bonsai trees

What means bonsai ?

Bonsai (Japanese 盆栽, meaning "planting in a pot") consists of the two word parts Bon = pot and Sai = plant. The plants used to create bonsai are almost always trees.

I.e. Bonsai are trees in a pot designed with certain techniques. At the same time, bonsai means an Asian garden art to design and maintain such trees.

Buy a bonsai tree

You can buy your bonsai tree here. 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.

We have grouped our online available bonsai into 4 product groups.

If you are looking for big bonsai trees you will find them under Japanese bonsai. Here we offer high quality individual pieces (bonsai solitaire). These bonsai were selected by us individually and imported from Japan. Through this direct import we can offer you very good prices.

We have been selling bonsai trees online since 2001 and send out many thousands of ordered bonsai trees every year to all EU countries. Due to our many years of experience in the online shipping of bonsai, we can guarantee a safe shipping. Our employees are masters in packaging bonsai and so rarely is a tree damaged during shipping. In such cases, you can easily get your money back or you can choose a replacement tree in our online shop.

In our bonsai nursery in Wenddorf we have several thousand bonsai trees more to choose from. If you want to buy your bonsai tree directly from us - we are open from 8am to 6pm on weekdays and from 10am to 1pm on saturday.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is a bonsai tree suitable as a present ?

A bonsai as a gift is a great idea. There are a number of reasons for this:

  • Whether 15 or 150 euros - a bonsai as a gift is available in every suitable price range
  • A bonsai lasts much longer than a bouquet of flowers
  • As a specialist dealer, we will be happy to advise you before you make a purchase and are also available afterwards at any time
  • You have already bought a bonsai and are looking for help ? Under Bonsai tree species you can find care tips
  • We ship immediately after receipt of payment. Often the bonsai is with you the next day. So giving away a Bonsai tree makes fun
  • We have already sent tens of thousands of bonsai without damage. Your gift arrives safely packaged and fast
  • You get exact the bonsai tree that you have selected and ordered online in the shop

You can also send the bonsai directly to the recipient. Simply enter a different delivery address. If you don't want an invoice in the package - just send us a short email after your order.

What to consider when buying my first bonsai ?

  • If possible, buy a outdoor bonsai tree. They are adapted to our climate and are easier to maintain.
  • When buying an indoor bonsai, 3 things are important: light, light, light ! Place the bonsai as bright as possible. Especially in winter.
  • Choose a sturdy Bonsai for beginners.
  • Sturdy outdoor bonsai species include: Larch bonsai, Apple tree bonsai, Elm bonsai and, above all, Redwood bonsai.
  • Sturdy indoor bonsai are when kept properly: Chinese elm bonsai, Podocarpus bonsai and especially Ficus bonsai.
  • Buy a bonsai best in a specialized bonsai center. In natura, many trees look different than in a picture.
  • Buy online only bonsai which are individually photographed. Otherwise you might get a bonsai tree that you do not like.
  • Do not buy in the garden market. The staff there are nice but usually have no idea about the bonsai care.
  • Online orders until 14 o'clock we will ship immediately. Mostly the bonsai arrives the next day.
  • For 20 years we have sent tens of thousands of bonsai safely packaged and fast across Europe.
  • Let yourself be advised by a specialist dealer before making a purchase. With the right tips bonsai care is easy.
  • You have already bought a bonsai and are looking for help? Under Bonsai tree species you will find care tips
  • With the right bonsai the bonsai care is not difficult. For questions - contact us. As a specialized retailer, we are happy to advise you before a purchase and are also available thereafter.

Will the bonsai after purchase come to me safely ?

  • Of course. We have already sent out tens of thousands of bonsai trees without damage. Your bonsai arrives safely packed and fast.
  • It is rare that damage occurs during transport. Then we send replacement or refund the purchase price uncomplicated.

Which species are robust bonsai trees for beginners ?

Do I get the bonsai tree I see in the picture when I buy it ?

  • Yes. You get exactly the bonsai tree, which you see on the picture when buying. We sell all bonsai in the shop for 20 years individually photographed.
  • If you buy a bonsai, it is immediately deleted from our bonsai online shop. You can only buy bonsai trees that are not yet sold.
  • Sample photos as with various providers (sometimes on Amazon or Online garden markets etc.) makes no sense in our eyes. Bonsai are too different.

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.

Repotting a Fagus crenata Bonsai in the Bonsaischule Wenddorf

Repotting a Fagus crenata Bonsai

Bonsai in the Botanical garden of Shanghai

Bonsais in the Botanical garden of Shanghai

Bonsais in the Botanical garden of Shanghai


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.


History

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.