So I got a #bonsai kit for myself for Christmas . The sole reason was to see what is available and to see what passes as an all in one grow your own bonsai kit .
A €6 Bonsai Grow Set from my local shopping centre
I chose a kit with an impressive photo of a bonsai and a large dish . I looked impressive , so I paid and off home I went .
I opened it up and separated all the items inside , they consisted of a pack of 5 seeds a small bag of compost and a bowl , much like a large bowl for cornflakes , it had no drainage hole , which for a bonsai is vital . But on the positive side I’ll use it for my carnivorous plants .
The seeds are of an Aleppo Pine , but I’m almost sure the tree in the photo is a Japanese White Pine . And it would take many many years of dedication to achieve such a tree .
I then read the instructions , a blanket statement of soak and place the seeds in the fridge for a month , then plant them out .
While it looks impressive , and for a few quid it seems value for money . It’s best to think about a few points before parting with your money .
- Is the price reflecting the value of what you’ll recieve ?
- Check the list of seeds coming with the kit !
- Are they easy / difficult to get in your country ? Will they grow in your country ?
- Google is available on everyone’s phone so this should easy to find out
- If there is a pot with the kit , make sure it has a drainage hole !
So as it stands I have prepared the seeds and planted them in a seed tray . Now all I can do is wait . I will do a follow up in the new year on my Facebook page #Bonsai Gers Blogs to show how many , if any germinate .
#bonsai #bonsaitree #bonsailife #bonsaiGer #bonsaiworld #bonsaipots #bonsailover #happynewyear #2022