3 Best Bonsai Trees for Beginners – Which Bonsai Tree Should I Get?

3 Best Bonsai Trees for Beginners - Which Bonsai Tree Should I Get?

Here are three of the best bonsai trees for beginners i know what it’s like to be a beginner in bonsai i was a beginner myself not that long ago and i know that when you’re starting out it can be quite bewildering well in this video i’ve got three of the very best species these trees are going to be really easy to keep easy to get hold of so that you can go ahead make your first purchase and get started in this beautiful hobby at the end of this video i’m going to put a couple of useful links for bonsai beginners so make sure you go and check those out because i think you’ll find them useful okay let’s dive into the first bonsai tree species ideal for beginners it’s a chinese elm more specifically this is a cork bark chinese elm it’s almost part of a folia that happens to have very beautiful textured bark i’ve got to say that if i could only grow one species for bonsai it would be the cork bark elm they are just a super species they’ve got this beautiful textured bark they grow really strongly and quickly so you can develop them into beautiful looking specimens in a relatively short space of time they’re incredibly widely available as a bonsai species all of the bonsai outlets are going to stock chinese elms you can pick them up on ebay sometimes you can get them in supermarkets and big box stores they propagate really easily from root cuttings or branch cuttings so you can quickly multiply your collection and before you know it you can have a chinese elm bonsai forest in your garden this species is really forgiving so it’s ideal for bonsai beginners if you make a mistake and cut off the wrong branch in very little time you’re going to be able to grow a branch to replace it and caring for these trees is really easy with just one or two techniques and i will be going into some of those techniques in later videos so make sure you check the links at the end of this video or even subscribe chinese albums like all alms are tolerant of a wide range of conditions some people have success growing them indoors i grow mine outdoors they are good to about -6 c which i think is about 22 23 24 fahrenheit they like their water they don’t mind humidity they can handle sunshine really versatile species for beginners chinese owl in terms of disadvantages because they grow so strongly and so fast sometimes it can feel like you’re constantly having to keep on top of them but that’s actually a blessing in disguise because it helps you to learn faster as well as rectify any mistakes you might make along the way and we all make mistakes hi i’m darren and my channel is all about sharing my journey in the bonsai world along the way i also make videos sharing lessons that i’ve learned as well as tips and techniques that i’ve picked up so if that sounds like something you could be into consider subscribing here’s number two in my top three of bonsai species for beginners cartoniasta sometimes pronounced cotton easter cottonester cottony hasta have some great features that make them ideal for bonsai beginners so first of all they’re quite easy to keep they’re pretty low maintenance in terms of their water requirements and their fertilizer requirements they like to be moist but well drained and they like a bit of sun they can handle cold temperatures pretty well so they can handle a wide range of environments but the best thing about cottoniaster are the generally small leaves and the beautiful flowers they produce in spring early summer after the flowers are done they start to form these gorgeous little berries which kind of resemble apples so you’ve got this really gorgeous miniature looking tree the flowers are stunning the the fruits are cute and some species that drop their leaves in autumn also take on some really gorgeous colours beautiful cotoneaster are generally quite widely available from bonsai nurseries but the great thing about them is you can also go to garden centers or tree and shrub nurseries and pick up examples that you can train into your own bonsai tree they’re mostly quite easy to propagate cortoniaster i find that cuttings have a high success rate when you plant them in autumn so it’s a really good way to add trees to your collection cotoneaster can be quite tolerant of neglect as long as they don’t fully dry out or stay too wet too long they’re really easy so it’s a good way for bonsai beginners to learn about keeping a tree healthy generally they’re not quite as fast growing as say your chinese elms and species that grow as fast as that that means that they don’t always need quite as much maintenance as chinese elms and other species do for someone that likes a really pretty tree that don’t necessarily want to keep on top of it all the time cottony has to make an excellent choice if you can think of any species that i’ve missed that would be ideal bonsai beginners trees i’d love it if you could write the species down in the comments below to help other people find their ideal tree if you could do that for me that would absolutely make my day number three in my list of bonsai species ideal for beginners portulacaria aphra or dwarf jade other names are spec boom or elephant bush there’s probably other names that i’ve never heard of as well this one’s actually a succulent but it makes really really good bonsai trees especially for beginners because they are just so forgiving these things can go absolutely ages without being watered the leaves might shrivel they might drop a few if it gets really thirsty a bit of water and it’ll bounce right back they are super super easy to care for they do like a lot of sunshine however they can be kept indoors as long as it’s a bright window that gets plenty of sun in fact in the winter in temperate climates you’re going to need to bring them indoors because they are not going to withstand freezing temperatures so a greenhouse conservatory in a nice study window something like that this particular one badly needs a repot and is quite desperate for a haircut but they can make really good looking trees another great thing about portulacaria afro is that you can chop off really thick branches if you wanted to and they’ll readily produce roots and you’ll have a brand new bonsai tree with a nice thick trunk in no time at all highly recommend this species generally i find them a little bit harder to get hold of than some of the other species that i’ve mentioned in this video this one i got from a specialist bonsai retailer i have seen people on ebay in the uk selling cuttings so you can get hold of them outside of bonsai context but generally speaking they’re not as popular for bonsai and so you don’t see them in as many places like your garden centers or your general big box stores etc that said they’re highly worth seeking out because they just make such fantastic and easy easy trees they have to be the easiest that i can think of i can’t think of an easier species to keep as bonsai so they’re very low maintenance just to prune from time to time they don’t need repotting very often and when they do it’s generally quite easy to do i’ll be working on this tree next so the next video will be repotting and pruning this guy if you have any questions about beginners bonsai trees you can write a comment down below or head over on to instagram it’s at grow bonsai feel free to send me a dm and i’ll get back to you straight away i’ve also got a facebook group again it’s grow bonsai so if you need any help from the grow bonsai community feel free to join and ask any questions i’ve got a couple of videos here that i really think are going to help you out as a bonsai beginner so feel free to check those out i’m darren i will see you next time thanks so much for watching

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