If you’re a newcomer just getting interested in bonsai, or if you’re looking at bonsai trees for sale as a gift for a friend or family member, then you could do a lot worse than starting out with a Chinese Elm.
As its name suggests, the Chinese elm comes from East Asia, but its popularity as a bonsai tree has spread all around the world. In the wild, it can grow outdoors to a height of sixty feet, however, it is hardy and tolerant of pruning, and this makes it one of the easiest bonsai trees to care for.
The versatility of the Chinese elm is another reason why it is so popular. It can be grown either indoors or outdoors. If it is grown indoors, it is an evergreen, ie it keeps its leaves all year round. It needs sunshine and humidity, and should be kept away from hot dry air and from cold draughts. The soil should be kept moist but not too wet, and fed weekly with bonsai fertiliser.
It can also be grown outside, where it is a deciduous tree, ie it loses its leaves in winter. When grown outside, it can tolerate conditions ranging from shade to full open sunlight, but it does require some protection from extreme heat and frost. It will still need the soil to be moist, but after a month outside, fertilising can be reduced down to a monthly basis.
Due to its slow and predictable growth patterns, the Chinese elm is one of the easiest trees for the beginner to train and prune into bonsai forms. A variety of stylish looking shapes are possible with these trees, including the broom and the miniature forest styles.
So have a look at Chinese Elm bonsai trees for sale online. They make great bonsai trees for beginners, and are stylish and unusual gifts.