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.
In the Bonsaischule Wenddorf we have been producing and importing Bonsai for over 20 years. In this column we have summarized our offer for indoor and outdoor bonsai as well as numerous information around the term Bonsai for you.
- Indoor bonsai: Not frost hardy. Need to be protected from frost.
- Mediterranean Bonsai: Tolerate light frosts well.
- Outdoor bonsai: Native tree species, hardy, tolerates even stronger frosts.
- Bonsai masterpieces with video: High quality Bonsai, most imported from Japan.
- Prebonsai, Raw material: Raw material produced for bonsai styling. Hardy, adopted to pot culture.
Buy a bonsai tree
We import our bonsai directly from Japan, China or Spain. We also produce bonsai from local trees in Wenddorf.
In our online shop you can choose your bonsai and order it online. Orders on weekdays until 14 o'clock are still shipped on the same day. You get exactly the bonsai you selected in the shop. Safely packed. Have fun choosing.
In our bonsai nursery in Wenddorf we offer much more bonsai trees. Of course you can visit us in Wenddorf. We are open on weekdays from 8-18 o'clock and on Saturday from 10-13 o'clock. You are welcome to choose your bonsai directly.
Especially if you want to buy an expensive bonsai we recommend you - come to us. Live a bonsai always looks different than on the best picture or video. Besides - if you want to buy a bonsai, we have a much larger selection in Wenddorf than in the Internet. In the online shop we offer only a small part of our bonsai for sale.
If you would like to visit us in Wenddorf, we recommend the months of November to February. Then most outdoor bonsai no longer have leaves and can be much better selected. And we have much more time to help you than in the growing season.
No matter if you want to buy your bonsai in the onlineshop or directly in Wenddorf - as a specialist dealer we are happy to advise you before a purchase and are also available afterwards at any time.
You have already bought a bonsai and are looking for help ? In the menu under Bonsai care you will find many useful tips and tricks.
You want to give away a bonsai ?
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.
Frequently Asked Questions
- What is important when buying my first bonsai ?
- Are bonsai certain tree species or special varieties ?
- Are bonsai dwarf trees and always small ?
- Bonsai, Bonsais, Bonzai or Bonsei - What is right ?
What is important when buying the first bonsai ?
If possible buy an outdoor bonsai tree. These are adapted to our local climate and are easier to maintain after purchase. If you want to buy an indoor bonsai 3 things are important: light, light, light ! Place your indoor bonsai as bright as possible. Especially in winter. Place it right by the window, south side if possible.
Choose a robust bonsai tree species for beginners. As outdoor bonsai we recommend larch bonsai, apple, elms and above all Redwood bonsai. Robust indoor bonsai are (if maintained properly): Chinese elms, Podocarpus bonsai and especially Ficus bonsai.
With the right bonsai tree bonsai design is not difficult. If you have any questions - give us a call. As a specialist dealer, we will be happy to help you before making a purchase and we are also available afterwards at any time.
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
Bonsai 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.