Quince: The Japanese Quince (Chaenomeles Japonica) is a flowering and fruit-bearing species common in Bonsai. Renowned for its small foliage and tight ramification, this truly is a unique species for Bonsai. 


Quince enjoys full sun, lots of air circulation, and moderately moist soil. During warm days, especially when the quince is flowering and growing fruit, the soil should not be allowed to dry out. When growing fruit, only one or two should be left to grow, as this takes up a lot of the tree's energy. New shoots should be left to grow until flowers develop for the quince to flower. 


  1. Quince: always keep the root ball moist, and it should never be allowed to dry. 

  • Training: Quince needs to be wired in the fall when the leaves have fallen. Branches need to be wired when they are young, as they stiffen quickly. 

  • Repotting: Quince needs to be repotted every 2-3 years during development. During refinement, depending on the size of the pot, this should most likely be done every other year. 


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

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


Customer Reviews

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Bonnie Armstrong (Spruce Grove, CA)

It is beautiful, but one dead branch but I’ll make Jin out of it. Can’t wait till it flowers.

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