Red Cedar


The Eastern Red Cedar can become a gorgeous Bonsai. One of the main issues in growing this type of Bonsai is that the trunk tends to shoot up straight like a telephone pole, at least that is the sentiment in various forums. However, having a good pre-bonsai to avoid this is key. This is why we are so happy to bring you this collection. Our Young Red Cedar bonsai & pre-bonsai are amazing materials to start with. 

Another little secret that you'll want to know is that although it's called a Cedar, it's actually from the Juniper family, making it a hardy and fast grower that very quickly (compared to other varieties), can be a display tree.

Our Red Cedar Bonsai is grown from the most magnificent trees that have successfully grown up to be mature Bonsai's.

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. 



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 12 reviews
Grencia Lee Di Nardo (Ottawa, CA)
Amazing care quality

The younglings came in more beautiful than anticipated!

jeremy wallace (Calgary, CA)
Red Cedar

My tree arrived and it’s absolutely flawless, so I ordered two more.

John-Paul Munro (Fergus, CA)
Came as advertised

Seems to be a great little tree. I am very happy with my purchase and will definitely be purchasing more in the future once my wife lets me. Haha.

For some reason I can only see the mature trees in the photos unless I add the item to my basket, and see the photos there. Might want to find out what’s causing this on the website.

John Jones (Oshawa, CA)
The Virginian baby Virginia Red Cedar

I would like to thank for the excellent experience. The baby Virginia Red Cedar arrived in the condition as stated excellent. I also order some accessories that arrived in the time specified. I can say my experience has been excellent and look forward to future dealings with Bonsai. Co.

Clos Dominique (Ottawa, CA)

Thinking of plant it in my garden to strengthen it

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