Bonsai tree care for beginners always depend on choosing the right tree to grow. For those new to growing and caring for bonsai trees, the following are recommended because of their low-maintenance requirements.

Japanese Red Maple

You can either plant its seeds or begin right away with a starter tree. If you already have experience growing plants from seeds, then either would do. But if not, it would definitely be easier to go with a starter tree. Japanese red maples are also quite affordable and wouldn’t take much trimming or pruning since they tend to have an amazing informal upright as they grow. These bonsai trees are also famous for having their leaves change to red or a fiery shade of orange during spring and autumn.

Sea Grape

Not many people - even those who have been caring for bonsai trees for a few years - are aware of the Sea Grape’s existence. If you want something different but easy to maintain, then you will like this species best. It is native to Florida’s southern regions, growing specifically in its shorelines. Its leaves are quite large, but these can easily be easily trimmed. These are some of the hardiest among bonsai tree species and may be trained to follow different styles.

Himalayan Cedar

With pr oper care, Himalayan cedars can have a height of 5 to 6 inches, making it an ideal bonsai tree right off the bat. In average and without regular trimming though, their maximum height can reach 15 inches. When purchasing this

species, make sure that it has its root bare but still planted in soil at the same time. Like the Sea Grape, this can be trained to follow various styles, thus giving first-time bonsai gardeners more flexibility.

Chinese Elm

If you already know from the start that you would like to care for an outdoor bonsai tree, then this is a suitable species to start with. It has incredible shape and its leaves naturally shrink in size with every season that it grows older. Many suggest that Chinese elms are best grown in partial sunlight and then with a short period of dormancy in the winter. But if the latter’s not possible, there’s still a chance of growing them beautifully indoors. Many Chinese elm bonsai trees for sale in the market have been grown without any period of dormancy and straight from greenhouses at that.

Essential Bonsai Tools and Supplies

After choosing the right starter species, you need to build your collection of tools and supplies for growing bonsai trees. Without these tools, there's a good chance you'll end up damaging a bonsai tree's branches or roots to the point of impairment.

Bonsai Tool Kit

For complete convenience, try looking for a bonsai tool kit on sale in any of your local gardening stores. These will save you money, time, and effort as well as preventing you from purchasing the wrong tools. A basic bonsai tool kit would include bonsai shears, wires and wire cutters, angle cutters, and perhaps a turntable as well.


Always purchase shears with finger rings that are just the right size and would not cause you any problems. Check the blades as well. Make sure they are made of high quality materials and have exceptionally sharp edges. You also need to buy various types of shears to perform different types of cutting. Shears with wide handles are ideal for general trimming and roots while narrow-handled shears are perfect for more intricate cutting. Finally, look for a pair of shears with long and thin blades to help you reach the more inaccessible parts of your bonsai tree.

Angle Cutters

As its name implies, this tool is designed for creating angles with your bonsai tree by removing or shortening branches.

Wire Cutters

Regardless of the type of wire you are using, never cut them with anything but a wire cutter.


The list below includes the most common supplies you will be using when you are just starting out with bonsai tree care.

  • Fertilizers
  • Pots
  • Humidity drip trays

In time, you may need advance tools and supplies as your skills grow. These may include angle grinders, knob cutters, and even machines for creating clamps and curves.

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