Growing on You - Zen Garden Bonsai Blog

Watering Your Bonsai June 28, 2020 12:49

Do you want to know how often to water your bonsai? There is only one honest answer and that's "When it needs more water", and depends on many factors. How big is the pot? What kind of tree? What time of year? Where is it placed? How big is it? What type of soil is it in? 

Step Away from that Tree - It's Not For Lunch June 28, 2020 12:21

There are a few good reasons to stop your dogs or cats from dining on your house plants and Bonsai.  One of the best, is that some of those plants are seriously toxic for Spot or Fluffy.

The Benefits of Bonsai Care June 26, 2020 08:42

I’ve been tending bonsai plants for twelve years now, at first it started out of curiosity for the gorgeous little plants but then I fell in love with them – after some trial and error of course! My experience with bonsai has taught me a lot about gardening but also about myself .....

How to Make Your Bonsai Bigger June 14, 2020 15:31

If your heart is set on getting your bonsai tree to a bigger size and you're not feeling hugely patient, here are a couple of options for hurrying it up.

Welcoming your Bonsai home! June 10, 2020 09:01

Your new bonsai – up until now- has been living in a greenhouse- Bonsai Heaven.  It has grown in consistently high levels of very bright, filtered light and thrived in jungle- like humidity.  So, unless you’re moving it into your own greenhouse, chances are things are about to change and in fact, after spending a few days in a box, that change has started.

Meet the Brazilian Raintree June 2, 2020 17:22

Native to Brazil, the lovely compound leaves of the Brazilian Raintree fold up each evening or whenever the light is low. If you get one, expect it to arrive with leaves folded. But even more than the compound leaves and fluffy flowers, the trunk is probably this tree's best feature

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Up Close (but not too personal): Meet Eugenia Myrtifolia - The Brush Cherry May 31, 2020 10:39

The Brush Cherry is a sub tropical evergreen. It's a vigorous grower. It likes to be warm-hot in the summer and about 60 degrees F in the winter. It does NOT like to be cold. Freeze it = Kill it (trust me, I’m guilty of doing just that)Brush Cherry Flowers

Watering 101 - Are You Dry Yet? May 31, 2020 10:34

Watering is the most difficult part of bonsai care. You can kill your bonsai by over watering or under watering. The only difference in the end is that generally, under watering will kill them faster.

Bugs Killed My Juniper- Meet the Spider Mite May 31, 2020 10:07

Spider mites will haunt the underside of the foliage and are most often given away by the webs you’ll see all over your tree when you put your glasses on and take a close look. If you cared to give the plant a shake over a white surface you’ll probably see these tiny reddish assassins scurrying around. Squash away or wash away! Bonsai pests

Bonsai Basics: LIGHT May 31, 2020 10:03


Every plant needs light. Some need more than others and how much depends on how - and where - that particular tree grows naturally. Bonsai that naturally thrive in full sun like mini jades, bougainvillea and many other flowering bonsai, need more light than more shade tolerant varieties like ficus and schefflera. 

The Emergency Repot! May 27, 2020 20:29

The dog’s tail knocked a small pot right off the table. The kids were tearing through the living room and your bonsai tree went crashing to the floor.  My personal favorite- the courier company employees decided to play soccer with my carefully, even lovingly boxed bonsai tree on its way to you and you opened the box to find a pot in pieces. What's Next?

Ficus - Popular Indoor Bonsai April 21, 2015 22:38

The Tigerbark Fig is a particularly easy and forgiving ficus.  This is a great beginner tree, because it will forgive mistakes, but if you give it what it likes - it will positively thrive.

Let's talk about Junipers April 21, 2015 22:31

The Juniper is the number one choice among bonsai buyers, particularly as gifts and beginner trees.  It isn't surprising considering that when you think of a bonsai tree, the image that usually springs to mind is of an evergreen tree and of all the evergreen trees, nothing grows as easily as a Juniper.Juniper procumbens nana

Chinese Elms - They Might Just be My Favorites April 2, 2015 15:48

Whenever I want to introduce someone to what I love about bonsai, I show them my favorite Chinese Elm.  If they didn't understand the attraction of bonsai already, this little beauty sells them on it every time! Ulmus parvifolia is an outstanding bonsai choice and one that belongs in every collection.