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 7 reviews
Joseph Giusti (Kitchener, CA)
Red Cedar

The red cedar sent to me was in perfect condition. It was well packed and received in great condition.
Thanks for a great specimen.


Service rapide, livraison rapide, le bonsaï est exactement comme sur la photo et même plus. Merci je vous recommande sans aucun doute

Shon Choquette (Grande Pointe, CA)
Super awesome red cedar

The red cedar came in really nice and packaged look to be alive I’m very happy with it it’s very cute

John MacDonald (Ashton, CA)
Bonsai gardening

I am happy with my purchase.

Matt Sweeney (Edmonton, CA)
Looks goods

Healthy looking

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