Winter Protection for Shipping


This package includes a 90-hour heat pack designed for plants and special foil insulation that the trees will be wrapped in. To keep tropical and sub-tropical plants from frost damage while shipping. 

We automatically add this to any species of tree that requires it for winter shipping (November - April). If you choose to remove this option, we cannot guarantee the safe and healthy arrival of your plants. 

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 25 reviews
Karen McDougall (Edmonton, CA)

Winter Protection for Shipping


Very good product

wayne patterson (Aurora, CA)
Snow Rose - Pick up

Bianca, I love the tree. Lost 30-40% of the leaves, but have some new growth coming so Im not that concerned. The warmer that you placed in the box with the pot was very ingenious and effective. Perhaps for those cold days, placing a bag over the tree would help cut down on the leaf lose.

Thanks again,

Grant Parker (Calgary, CA)
Perfect Shipping

The little Fukien Tea plant arrived in a very nice, well packed box. Nothing was loose, even the stones on the top of the soil where still intact. Moreover, the heat pack and the foil bubble wrap were still keeping the plant warm, even after 5 days on the road between Toronto and Calgary. A brilliant method of packing a delicate plant.
The plant is in overall good shape and already showing signs of new growth.
Grant Parker

Jacques GRILLI (Piedmont, CA)
Hawain Umbrella

Excellent condition & wrapping - should include specific watering/fertilizing and winter-summer care for the Hawain Umbrella which was not the case - I had to do intensive research - I am not a expert on Bonsai

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