Having raised a few bonsai trees of different types, I can tell you these can take some effort. Do NOT expect your tree to come with flowers! Also, the trunk may never get much thicker than when it comes. That can take a really long time. If you read the bonsai sites, they make it sound so simple, but if have trouble keeping normal houseplants alive, don't waste your time or money!
I had a bonsai tree from WalMart for work. (Some "money tree" or similar type.) It was meant to be dry so the soil was essentially non-absorbent and the pot had holes in the bottom. Any attempt at watering just got the desk wet. Unfortunately it eventually dried up and died because of no water! WTF?!
cyfan said: I had a bonsai tree from WalMart for work. (Some "money tree" or similar type.) It was meant to be dry so the soil was essentially non-absorbent and the pot had holes in the bottom. Any attempt at watering just got the desk wet. Unfortunately it eventually dried up and died because of no water! WTF?! I think that is what these humidity trays are for.
Don't throw your money away. Most stores selling bonsai are selling already dead plants, gluing stones to the roots and with poor soil. That's likely why your water drained right through. Check out local bonsai clubs, they will give a great education, and likely get you started in the hobby for a fraction of what you would spend otherwise.
Back in stock for $24.52, link I've bought a bonsai tree from WalMart from a previous FW deal before and it came well packed in styrofoam peanuts. The tree dropped some leaves the first few weeks but then started sprouting new growth and looks very healthy now. I ordered this pomegranate tree yesterday with some other items to get the free shipping. This one supposedly thrives outdoors so I'm going to see how well it does in our front porch in SoCal.
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