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Upland Nursery carry variety of bonsai, from table top bonsai to landscaping bonsai.  We also carry bonsai materials, pre-bonsai, bonsai pot, pruning sheers and bonsai soil.

Here is the direction of how to care for bonsai and little information about bonsai for our customer.


The common guide of how to care and raise the bonsai

Benefits of Bonsai

Bonsai bring diverse forms of enjoyment to those who grow them such as self-expression, quality of life, serenity, social life, connection with the past, long life, household décor, size, multi seasonal interest, and special effects.

Light Exposure

Most bonsai trees require full sun to half day sun and a few kinds  require partial shade.  Even sun loving pants need a little shade from time to time.  After repotting bonsai (when it need) baby them for a few weeks by shielding them from strong sunlight.  Afternoon shade may also help trees with sensitive leaves avoid browning and sun scorch.  If you live in a hot, dry, and sunny climate, grow a tree that requires full sun in filtered, light shade or morning sun.  The heat of unobstructed sunlight can bake a root system in a shallow ceramic pot.  Some bonsai may survive by windows on the building’s east, west, and south sides where sun light can reach.  Keep plants away from extremely hot window glass.  To keep bonsai grow even on all sides, rotate bonsai about 90 degrees every few days.  Also, keep the bonsai away from heating vents that can leave them parched.  Locating bonsai to close to glass can also overheat your plants.


Bonsai need frequent watering during the growing season.  Starting in spring when trees break dormancy and their buds begin dormancy and their buds begin to swell, increase the amount of water you give them.  Water most bonsai daily during they actively grow.  On very hot dry days, you may need to water more than once.  Several factors determine the frequency of watering.  Trees growing on a rock or group of forest or thin container will dry up faster and thus need more frequent watering.  Also, trees grown on a site exposed to full sun, heat, and strong winds also dry out fast because of the increased rate of transpiration from the leaves.  Water a bonsai tree until liquid runs out the drainage holes.  A few minute later, repeat.  The flowing water forces stale air out of the pot and draws in fresh air as the water moves from the top to the bottom of the container.  During the rainstorm, tilt the bonsai dish to dispel excess water from roots.  Do not set plants in saucers full of drained water.  Do not underwater or over water your bonsai since both can kill the plant.  Fine feeder roots absorb water and nutrients from the soil.  If there is too little water, they can dry out completely, causing the death of the tree.  With too much water, the roots become oxygen deprived, rot develops, and the tree cannot survive.


Bonsai tree require regular feeding because when watering, the water flows through the soil, bringing fresh oxygen to the roots but washing away vital nutrients at the same times.  Regular fertilizing replaces lost nutrients and keeps your bonsai fit, so leaves grow lush and trunks broad.  Organic fertilizer such as seaweed extract is milder and less likely to burn or harm a plant.  And it contains numerous micronutrients that promote plants health and further the growth of beneficial bacteria and micorrhizal fungi, which increase a bonsai’s resistance to stress and disease in the inert soil mixes.

Trimming and Pruning

It is one of the most important factors to maintain or revives the original shape.  Trimming is necessary as plants are constantly growing in their natural state.  By trimming with a sharp point scissors and remove dead leaves out from the tree.  Each bonsai has different unique shape and style, therefore, give yourself a time to polish your skills and create an approach to bonsai that uniquely your own.

Potting and repotting

Bonsai live for many years, so repotting and soils are very important.  Bonsai soil must be fast draining yet able to retain some moisture because most bonsai need daily watering.  The time to repot bonsai depends on the plant you are growing.  Sometimes pot-bound roots can grow through the drainage holes on the bottom or push the plant upward in its container.  You can also check the root system by gently lifting the tree from its container.  It is time to repot when you see elongated roots circling a solid roots circling a solid mass that extends to the edge of the dish.  The best season to repot is spring.

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