Ginkgo: The Ginkgo (Ginkgo biloba) is a deciduous tree native to China and the far East. Ginkgo's date back over 200 million years, so there's been some time to learn about this species and its growing habits. Ginkgo thrives outdoors and can be left outdoors late into the fall. The Ginkgo's leaves emerge late in the spring. Usually, after night-time, frosts are an issue. 


Ginkgo should be placed in sunny areas, ideally with minimal shade during mid-day. 


  1. Ginkgo like moist soil and should not be let dry out. 
  2. Ginkgo needs to be winterized during the winter, and the soil should be kept minimally moist. 

  • Training: Ginkgo does best when new shoots are allowed to grow to 6 or more leaves and then cut back to the first two leaves.
  • Ginkgo can be wired year-round and take well to wiring. 

  • Repotting: young Ginkgo requires repotting every other year. Mature Ginkgo can be repotted every 3-5 years. The root system should not be pruned aggressively.


BABY: 10"-16" tall, comes in a 4" grower's pot. 

YOUNG: 12"-24" tall, comes in a 6" grower's pot. 


These are not seeds - But an Actual Living 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. 



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

Based on 4 reviews
Casandra Olund (Mission, CA)
8 maples and a ginkgo

All made it in one piece expertly shipped in cardboard - all recyclable/reusable material. Very impressed with the size of the trees and the shape they were in upon delivery

Norma Lundberg (Toronto, CA)
A handsome plant that sits on my desk and loves the view through the large front window….we have ...

A handsome plant, arrived in fine health, and already putting out fresh leaflings…..seems happy with the other plants on my desk: the aloe vera and the small potted olive tree. A fine contrast of green leaves together.

Bonnie Armstrong (Spruce Grove, CA)

It is great grow lots of leaves. Can’t wait to start training. Need to see how it fills out. Excited.

vicki (Laval, CA)

Il est en bonne santé, plusieurs feuilles ont sorties.

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