Greenhouse Babies


One of the main challenges with Gifting a Pre-Bonsai has always been the care needed between when you receive the Tree and when you are ready to gift it. 

Well, we have that solved.

Our greenhouse babies come in a mini greenhouse and can stay that way for up to 3 weeks with absolutely no issues. Given they are in an enclosed ideal environment. If you need to store your gift for more than three weeks, that's simple too. Just open the bottom cap underneath the root ball, spray with fresh water and close it back up. That just got you another three weeks in the Mini-Greenhouse. 

We are currently offering the following varieties in our Mini-Greenhouse packaging:

  • Giant Sequoia ( Sequoiadendron giganteum)
  • California Redwood ( Sequoia sempervirens)

These seedlings are between 6-12 months old and have an already established root system, making transferring them into a grow or Bonsai pot super easy and fun

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 1 review
Brian Dick (St. Catharines, CA)

Trees came fast,they seem to be doing ok. but time will tell as i have them in bright window with a grow light also above all the trees i have purchsed from the bonsaistore

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