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Needle, Leaf & Blossom

The ancient Japanese practice of growing bonsai trees is both an art and a form of meditation. These three kits each come in a sleek, steel box, and include everything you need to start growing your own beautiful bonsai tree. Each plant by itself is a natural wonder, but together they form a complete forest panorama in miniature.

Gardenia (Gardenia Jasminoides) is one of the easiest bonsai trees to grow. It's known for its white, richly scented flowers that bloom in the late spring.

The Grey Elm (Zelkova serrata) has sweeping, delicate branches. Its small, serrated leaves turn orange and gold as they mark the transition to autumn.

The striking Japanese Black Pine (Pinus thunbergii) has a rugged, twisting form and clusters of needles that remain green through the winter.

Planting boxes made in US from recycled steel. Ribbon made in US from recycled plastic bottles. Kit contains tree seed, organic growing medium and bonsai scissors.

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Recycled
Item ID
18958
Made from
seeds, recycled plastic bottles, growing medium, recycled steel
Measurements
7.25" H x 4.5" L x 4.5" W
Notes
The Gardenia will first bloom when it is about 2 years old. Bloom time and growth of all plants depend on the conditions. Each kit, if cared for properly, should yield at least 1 seedling.

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BONSAI SPECIMEN GARDENS
 
3.7

(based on 47 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (16)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (20)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (8)

76%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Attractive (39)
  • Accurate instructions (10)
  • Healthy (6)
  • Lightweight (4)

Cons

  • Difficult to use (3)

Best Uses

  • Indoors (21)
  • Garden (6)
  • Patio (4)
  • Outdoors (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Getting started (15), Avid gardener (11), Budget shopper (8), Midrange shopper (7)
    • Primary use:
    • Personal (30)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • Yes (5)

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1.0

a failure!

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from Phoenixville, pa

About Me Avid Gardener

Pros

    Cons

    • Difficult To Use
    • Flimsy

    Best Uses

      Comments about BONSAI SPECIMEN GARDENS:

      My husband tried hard on this but no results!

      • Primary use:
      • Personal
      • Was this a gift?:
      • Yes
      • Who was the recipient of this product?:
      • Husband
      • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
      • Christmas or Hanukkah

      Comment on this review

       
      5.0

      Growing great!

      By 

      from Boston MA

      About Me Getting Started

      Pros

      • Accurate Instructions
      • Attractive
      • Healthy

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Indoors

        Comments about BONSAI SPECIMEN GARDENS:

        I have two thriving black pines from one pack of seeds. I had even more sprouts, but not all survived. They sprouted, if I remember correctly, in about 4-6 weeks. Maybe people are planting the seeds too deep?

        • Primary use:
        • Personal
        • Was this a gift?:
        • Yes
        • Who was the recipient of this product?:
        • Self
        • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
        • Christmas or Hanukkah

        Comment on this review

         
        1.0

        I'm Waiting!!!

        By 

        from Wisconsin

        About Me Avid Gardener

        Pros

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about BONSAI SPECIMEN GARDENS:

              I'm sorry, but following the directions faithfully produced nothing from this expensive Bonsai Tree Christmas present which I received in 2011.

              Yes, the packaging was very good, but unimportant when the item does not create a Gardinia plant as expected.

              I am very disappointed that the seeds didn't germinate. I guess I am in good company as shown by a number of the reviewers on this page who had the same problem.

              What now??

              • Primary use:
              • Personal

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              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              2.0

              Doesn't Grow!

              By 

              from CA

              About Me Avid Gardener

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

              • Accurate Instructions
              • Attractive
              • Recycled

              Cons

              • Difficult To Use
              • Seeds don't sprout

              Best Uses

              • Indoors

              Comments about BONSAI SPECIMEN GARDENS:

              I received this as a gift from my girlfriend. Having followed the instructions perfectly, I am really disappointed that the seeds didn't sprout. Definitely wouldn't recommend this product. Too expensive for it to simply not work.

              • Primary use:
              • Personal

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              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              1.0

              This made me sad.

              By 

              from Norfolk, NE

              About Me Avid Gardener

              Pros

              • Attractive

              Cons

              • Never Grew

              Best Uses

                Comments about BONSAI SPECIMEN GARDENS:

                My sister bought this for me as a gift for getting through cancer. It has not grown at all, and its been just about 2 months. I would like some kind of a refund.

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                • Personal

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                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                Bonsai

                By 

                from Los Angeles, CA

                About Me Professional Landscaper

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Accurate Instructions
                • Attractive
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Outdoors
                  • Patio

                  Comments about BONSAI SPECIMEN GARDENS:

                  Followed directions about 6 weeks and still have not seen anything sprout>

                  • Primary use:
                  • Personal

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                  4.0

                  Very attractive

                  By 

                  from Clarks Summit, PA

                  About Me Avid Gardener

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Attractive

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Indoors

                    Comments about BONSAI SPECIMEN GARDENS:

                    The overall kit is very nice. I am still waiting to see how well the seeds germinate and my bonsai grows. I am looking forward to having a very special accent to my home. I did not give it a 5 star as I have not had it long enough to see how it actually grows.

                    Service and delivery comments:

                    Delivery was very quick. It was well packaged and in perfect condition when it arrived.

                    • Primary use:
                    • Personal

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                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    1.0

                    Not as I had hoped...

                    By 

                    from Memphis, TN

                    About Me Getting Started

                    Pros

                    • Attractive Planter
                    • Excellent Packaging

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Indoors

                      Comments about BONSAI SPECIMEN GARDENS:

                      I received my gardenia bonsai and was very pleased with the way it was packaged, as well as the planter itself. I planted the seeds and have been careful to follow the instructions, but I have yet to see any sprouts. I had planned to give the plant to my Mom - she loves gardenias. This is the first time I've tried to grow a bonsai, and it hasn't encouraged me at all.

                      • Primary use:
                      • Personal

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                      4.0

                      Great Gift

                      By 

                      from Spearfish, SD

                      About Me Getting Started

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Attractive

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Indoors

                        Comments about BONSAI SPECIMEN GARDENS:

                        Bought as a gift. Very attractive and somewhat unique. Good instructions are provided. I'll probably buy some for as gifts for others as well.

                        • Primary use:
                        • Personal

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                        4.0

                        Fun to grow

                        By 

                        from New Jersey

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Attractive
                        • Hardy

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Garden
                          • Indoors

                          Comments about BONSAI SPECIMEN GARDENS:

                          Fun to grow with kids

                          • Primary use:
                          • Personal

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