Hibiscus:(Hibiscus Sinensis), This striking shrub makes a stunning Bonsai with its flowers growing throughout the entire growing season. The size of the leaves and flowers can be intimidating but make for a truly striking larger indoor Bonsai. Being a vigorous grower, the Hibiscus should be repotted into a larger pot to thicken the trunk and develop into a larger Bonsai. Hibiscus does not make good Shohin or Mame Bonsai. The vibrant colours of the flowers against the green leaves and pale trunk and branches really make the Hibiscus a showstopper. 


The Hibiscus needs to be protected from the harsh sun, and mid-day shade is necessary. Being a tropical plant, the Hibiscus needs to be brought indoors when the temperature drops below 10° celsius or can be grown indoors year-round. When grown indoors, a grow light will help produce healthy leaves and flowers. 


  1. Hibiscus like moisture needs to be watered almost daily, ensuring the soil is never allowed to dry out. 


  • Pruning: Hibiscus can be pruned throughout the season and, when in development, can withstand aggressive pruning, making a good come-back. 
  • Wiring: Hibiscus can be wired very carefully, as branches harden quickly and can break easily. 

  • Repotting: Hibiscus needs to be repotted every 2-3 years during development during the summer. Mature trees require repotting every 4-6 years. 


BABY: 6"-10" tall, comes in a 4" grower's pot. 

YOUNG: 10"-14" tall, comes in a 6" grower's pot. 

MATURE: 10"-16" tall, comes in an 8" handmade ceramic Bonsai 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.


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