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Can you grow bonsai in California?

Here in Southern California, pick a plant that doesn’t need a hard, cold winter dormancy to survive, such as juniper, cypress, pine, serissa, zelcoba, Japanese maple, quince, bougainvillea or azalea. These plants are perfect for bonsai, but difficult to sell, so you’re likely to get it for a very good price.

How much should I pay for a bonsai tree?

Q1 – How much are bonsai trees? A bonsai’s price ranges from about $100 to several thousand dollars, up to one million. There are also miniature bonsai that can be had for $20-30, those can be enjoyed more easily.

Why can’t you take a bonsai tree to California?

Yes, California’s border inspection officers may reject and confiscate any such plant material. House plants must be free of surface pests and appear healthy with no visible signs of disease.

Can any tree be bonsai?

Almost any tree or shrub can be turned into a bonsai. Specifically, bonsai is created from perennial woody-stemmed tree or shrub species that produces true branches and can be cultivated to remain small through pot confinement with crown and root pruning.

What plants are illegal in California?


  • Acacia dealbata—silver wattle.
  • Acacia melanoxylon—blackwood acacia.
  • Acacia paradoxa—paradox acacia.
  • Agrostis avenacea—Pacific bentgrass.
  • Ailanthus altissima—tree-of-heaven.
  • Aira caryophyllea.
  • Allium neapolitanum—white garlic.
  • Alliaria petiolata.

Can bonsai be shipped?

Prior to shipping your Bonsai Tree: Water: Your bonsai are thoroughly watered and moistened to ensure they have enough moisture while in transit. Protect: The pot is wrapped and secured with tape. Secure: Peanuts are added to secure the bonsai in place and protect it during shipping.

Can you water bonsai trees with tap water?

In most cases, the answer is yes. If you can drink your tap water, you can use it to water your bonsai. If you have hard tap water (leaving white salt deposits around the pot or trunk), you may want to occasionally use collected rain water, but this is not essential.