Juniper Gift Set

$109.90

This Gift Set includes everything needed to get started with the Ancient Living Art of Bonsai. 

Giving a Bonsai is a special occasion, as this gift can live for more than a hundred years and keep growing. A Bonsai is a gift that keeps on giving, as it grows along with the person receiving the gift for years to come. 

We've taken the Juniper (the most popular species used for Bonsai) and added all the materials needed to get you on your way to becoming a Bonsai master. 

 

Kit Includes:

  • Juniper Procumbens Nana - Young Size 1
  • Handmade Ceramic Bonsai pot - 6" - Colours vary with each order.
  • Bonsai Fertilizer
  • Easy to carry gift box
  • Pruning Shears
  • Pumice for drainage 
  • Bonsai Soil for planting
  • Decorative Gravel for topping
  • Mesh for drainage holes
  • Bonsai wire
  • Bonsai instructional booklet

Soil (Substrate)

Bonsai soils are usually a mixture of organic potting compost (Pine Bark or Forest Floor), Akadamapumice, lava rock in varying amounts. 

It is important for the soil have good water retention while also draining well, along with very good aeration. The quality of the soil directly affects the health, size and growth of your tree. One of the worst things you can do to your tree is plant it in regular garden soil. Garden soil hardens when it drys and can often lead to a disadvantage when growing a Bonsai. 

Soil mixtures can be purchased here, but given their weight and cost of shipping, you can also easily make your own. 

 

Depending on the type of Bonsai you're growing, here are the general formulas for successful mixtures. 

Deciduous Tree (Leafy and looses leafs in the fall)

50% Akadama

20% Pumice

20% Lava Rock

10% Potting Compost

 

Coniferous Tree (Evergreen like Juniper, Cedar)

1/3 Akadama

1/3 Pumice

1/3 Lava Rock

 

If you are not able to check on your Bonsai's moisture levels daily, add more Akadama to the mix. 

Given how these soils erode over time, repotting every 2-3 years is required. 

 

Here are some suitable replacements if you cannot find the recommended types of soil.

  • Akadama - fine fired or baked clays, some even recommend cat litter as a substitute. 
  • Pumice - fine crushed aggregates, expanded shale and vermiculite.
  • Lava Rock - This can be replaced with fine gravel or you can also look into purchasing a larger lava rock at a hardware or gardening centre and crushing it. 

 

Fertilizer

One of the best and easiest ways to fertilize your Bonsai, is to add a liquid fertilizer mix when water your Bonsai's once a month during the spring/summer. If your Bonsai looses leaves in the winter there is no need to fertilize it then. If you have a coniferous tree, fertilizing the tree once in the beginning of winter and once in the middle of winter should be sufficient.

  

Customer Reviews

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Pamela Dickie (Brantford, CA)
Better than anticipated

The box containing the kit arrived in excellent shape and was well packed. The Juniper tree was in perfect condition and was much larger than I expected. Also very pleased with the ceramic pot and everything that came with the kit - everything we needed. This is a Christmas gift for my adult grandson who had a disappointing experience with trying to grow Bonsai trees from seed (NOT from the Bonsai Store). I'm sure he will be very enthused about this gift and may perhaps be something we can work on together. I appreciate the care that was put into the packaging, and the tree itself looks strong and healthy. PS, the tree was removed from the plastic bag and is in a sunny window and being watered and looked after until my grandson can get it properly planted.

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Armand Therrien (Greater Sudbury, CA)
First timer

Excellent product and quality…..ordering was a breeze and delivery prompt and timely…..the winter protection option was a nice touch. Will obviously purchase again from your spring offering.

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