White Pine

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The White Pine is a great Bonsai for Canada. It loves the Canadian summers and needs a dormant season which our winters provide. 

White Pines do require a little more patience than our other species, due to their slow-growing nature but make up for it when it matures and exposes their full potential. Perfect species for Bonsai and great for beginners as it is a tree native to Canada that is very hardy and can thrive in our weather. 

You can follow general watering suggestions for Bonsai trees here

For best results, prune the roots of this bonsai back about 25% every time you re-pot. Which should be every 2-3 years until the tree is 10, after which every 3-5 years.

 

These are not seeds - But Actual Bonsai Tree

Please see our Choosing a Bonsai page, for the age and dimensions regarding the different stages of our Bonsai (Baby, Young, & Mature).

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.

  

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Laurie (Kitchener, CA)

My experience from start to finish went exactly as I hoped. Plants are doing well and Iook forward to adding a few more trees to collection.

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Paul Lai (Fort McMurray, CA)
Service very good

Plants sent to me on time,nice packaging

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Barbara Price (Grimsby, CA)
White pine

It is doing great and growing quite quickly.

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Vincent Passineau (Drummondville, CA)
Amazing bonsai store

Great customer service and even better bonsai. Receive my white pine so quick in good condition healthy.

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Garry Brooks (Vancouver, CA)
Happy Tree

My White Pine has taken to my patio beautifully....its new home.....showing growth in the right directions....yes with a little coaching. It is one happy tree!

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