With the many varieties of bonsai trees for sale today, it can be bewildering to choose the best one for you. However, with a little patience and a good amount of research, you can be sure to find a bonsai that suits your tastes. This article will walk you through five types of bonsai trees for sale on the market today.
Camellia. Camellias are small trees with large, dark green leaves. This type of bonsai is popular for its flowers, which are plentiful when in season. Three species of Camellia are often grown as bonsai. These are the Camellia sasanqua, Camellia reticulate, and the Camellia japonica. Of the three, Camellia sasanqua is the most popular, as it is the smallest. Camellia plants need shade and protection from frost. They are also susceptible to insect attacks, so they will need protection from these as well.
Chinese Elm. The Chinese Elm is quite a good choice for bonsai beginners. Unlike other bonsai trees, it is quite hardy and can resist harsh conditions. In other words, you will have a lot more room for error by raising a Chinese elm than is otherwise the case. Chinese elms have dark gray to reddish brown trunks, as well as small dark green leaves.
Fukien Tea. The Fukien Tea, otherwise known as Carmona microphylla, is a tropical plant from China. It is an indoor type bonsai which thrives on heat and humidity. (In contrast, most bonsai dislike heat.) Unlike the Chinese Elm, Fukien Tea can be difficult to grow when in certain climates. However, it is also popular with many bonsai enthusiasts – it can bear flowers for an entire year if grown under the proper conditions.
Baby Jade. Baby Jade, sometimes called Small Leaf Jade, Elephant Bush or Elephant plant is a succulent bonsai native to South Africa. It has pale green round leaves and stores water it it’s trunk, branches and leaves thus can go for long periods without watering making it a great plant for beginners. It grows quickly and can be adapted to any style.
Brush Cherry. The Brush Cherry is an evergreen shrub native to Florida. It has puffy white flowers and round berries set against small glossy leaves which, if given enough light, can have red highlights. It loves warm tropical climates and grows best in natural light but can be grown indoors if enough light is provided. The brush Cherry needs a lot of water in summer and you should take care to keep the soil moist but not leave standing water in the pot. You can also use a humidity tray to mist the plant. In the wild the Brush Cherry can grow to 35 feet, but as a Bonsai it grows to a perfect 14 inches in 10 years.
There are many other types of bonsai trees for sale; be sure to look them up! It can be quite enjoyable to shop for your bonsai. Just remember that all bonsai trees are different – they will require varying methods of care. Never stop learning and you’ll be fine!
Lee Dobbins writes for http://www.bonsai.garden-corner.com where you can learn more about bonsai trees and their care, expecially the beginners favoriet, the Baby Jade.