Copyright © 2004
by Erik A. Olsen
Whether you are a beginner or advanced
bonsai gardener, sooner or later you will be looking to either add new
bonsai plants to your collection, or buy some as gifts. Luckily, in
today's world of bonsai, your options have been greatly improved.
While buying from a local nursery is always recommended (as tactile
feedback is always best), a number of online
bonsai nurseries have
made purchasing that special tree easier than ever. Here's a few
things to consider before purchasing:
Buying starter trees from your local
nursery has many advantages, particularly in being able to actually
see and touch the trees available. Further, if you can find one that
specializes in bonsai, more the better, as their selection is likely
to be much more varied.
This can, however, be the most expensive
option due to the high cost of overhead, inventory, etc., that comes
with running a "bricks & mortar" business.
Online nurseries, however, have been
growing by leaps and bounds (no pun intended), and have quickly become
the shopping destination of choice for many a bonsai enthusiast
(myself included!). The selection of older trees available is
staggering, not to mention the convenience of having all the
specializes bonsai tools and supplies located in one easy to remember
Click Here for an example of a good online bonsai nursery.
As your knowledge of bonsai grows, keep in
mind that buying older bonsai plants will actually detract from the
overall "experience" that learning the art of bonsai from the ground
up can bring. Teaching yourself (usually through trial and error) the
techniques of pruning and maintaining bonsai from the ground up can be
very rewarding indeed.