Jade

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Jade lies somewhere between succulent and tree. This species is from South Africa is a great option for a low maintenance Bonsai as they can grow into amazing specimens without too much fussing overwatering or being indoors year-round. These Bonsai develop trunk girth very quickly and can relatively quickly become show-stopping centrepieces. 

Jade (Crassula Ovata), is a hardy plant that prefers letting the soil dry out before being watered again. This plant can do extremely well indoors. Although to promote its flowering growth, it is recommended to take it out during the warmest times of the day in fall. 

This is one of the easiest Bonsai to own but can be just as rewarding as any other variety. Jade Bonsai are best pruned during spring and summer when growth is most vigorous. 

Due to high demand we have combined all the essentials you would need to start your Bonsai journey in one kit. The Jade Bundle can make a great gift for anyone, even yourself. 

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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David Cook (Toronto, CA)
Jade mature purchase

Purchased and picked up a Jade mature bonsai just before Christmas and was thrilled with the order. Pre-potted and visually stunning, this made a great gift. Will definitely buy from the company again.

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Elizabeth Ricottone (Stoney Creek, CA)

Our grandson loves it

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Rhonda Bischoff (Lindsay, CA)

Thank you. My son will be happy Christmas morning

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Ross Williamson (Oakville, CA)
New Bonsai

The jade tree was very well wrapped and delivered with good care. The tree is nicely trained and a perfect size for the bowl. It will be part of a miniature Japanese style landscape landcape within the larger raised pottery bowl.

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PJ (London, CA)
Pleased, but maybe not what I thought

Very pleased with the Jade size 2 I recieved, good size and great character.

I am not an expert, but after some research I don't believe what I recieved, or what you are selling, is crassula ovata, but portulacaria afra, commonly referred to as dwarf jade, but not related to crassula. This is not an issue as portulacaria is a more suitable species for bonsai, but may be of concern to others making a purchase. Great tree and a happy customer regardless.

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