Bonsai Specimen Gardens

$30.00

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.

Recycled
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.
Item ID
18958

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Most of our items are in stock and will ship quickly. Orders for in-stock items placed before 5pm ET Monday through Friday, excluding Federal holidays, will ship:
Economy shipping:
within 8 days, arriving no later than the 9th business day after the order was placed.
Standard shipping:
within 4 days, arriving 5 business days after the order was placed.
Preferred shipping:
within 2 days, arriving 3 business days after the order was placed.
Expedited shipping:
within 1 day, arriving 2 business days after the order was placed.
Express shipping:
will ship the same day and arrive 1 business day later.

Please note, these items are discontinued. When they sell out, they will no longer be available.

REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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Bonsai Specimen Gardens
 
3.7

(based on 50 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (17)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (20)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (9)

73%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Attractive (41)
  • Accurate instructions (11)
  • Healthy (6)
  • Lightweight (4)

Cons

  • Difficult to use (4)

Best Uses

  • Indoors (23)
  • Garden (6)
  • Patio (5)
  • Outdoors (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Getting started (15), Avid gardener (13), Budget shopper (9), Midrange shopper (7)
    • Primary use:
    • Personal (32)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • Yes (7)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

AMAZING! germinated in 10 days...not 60 as stated.

My boyfriend was very impatient to have to wait the 60 or so possible days to see the beginnings of his black pine. He is not and avid gardener at all (I am),...Read complete review

My boyfriend was very impatient to have to wait the 60 or so possible days to see the beginnings of his black pine. He is not and avid gardener at all (I am), but very crafty so I purchased this for him as a birthday gift. He planted his seeds according to the instructions (he was SO nervous) and went on a week trip a few days later... when he got home, 4 of 7 seeds were already shooting up strong. Can't wait to see how he does with them. He's so excited to get wiring and wants to go to a pottery studio to make his own bonsai pots. He's hooked! Thank-you.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

It's Trickier Than I Thought

I bought this for my office and when I opened the directions, I saw that it requires a lot of work and specific light locations--consistent morning light while it's growing. I haven't...Read complete review

I bought this for my office and when I opened the directions, I saw that it requires a lot of work and specific light locations--consistent morning light while it's growing. I haven't yet planted it because I just haven't had time to really study the directions. And I don't have a place that gets morning light, so I'm going to have to figure out what to do.

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1.0

Not yet sprouted

By 

from Aurora, CO

About Me Budget Shopper

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Easy To Use

Cons

  • Doesn't grow

Best Uses

    Comments about Bonsai Specimen Gardens:

    The packaging is nice and the instructions are easy to follow. What's not great is to find out that after the 2 months waiting period, the Japanese grey elm didn't sprout at all.

     
    3.0

    Good idea in theory

    By 

    from Western Canada

    About Me Avid Gardener

    Pros

    • Attractive

    Cons

    • Difficult To Use
    • Not Enough Soil To Fill

    Best Uses

    • Indoors
    • Outdoors
    • Patio

    Comments about Bonsai Specimen Gardens:

    For the price I would hope to receive something a little more substantial, with enough soil to fill the grow box. Overall it's a cool idea, but too gimmicky to be practical for bonsai keeping.

    • Primary use:
    • Personal
    • Was this a gift?:
    • Yes

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    AMAZING! germinated in 10 days...not 60 as stated.

    By 

    from Canada

    About Me Avid Gardener

    Pros

    • Accurate Instructions
    • Attractive
    • Quality

    Cons

    • No Wire Or Nice Pot

    Best Uses

    • Gift
    • Indoors

    Comments about Bonsai Specimen Gardens:

    My boyfriend was very impatient to have to wait the 60 or so possible days to see the beginnings of his black pine. He is not and avid gardener at all (I am), but very crafty so I purchased this for him as a birthday gift. He planted his seeds according to the instructions (he was SO nervous) and went on a week trip a few days later... when he got home, 4 of 7 seeds were already shooting up strong. Can't wait to see how he does with them. He's so excited to get wiring and wants to go to a pottery studio to make his own bonsai pots. He's hooked! Thank-you.

    • Primary use:
    • Personal
    • Was this a gift?:
    • Yes
     
    1.0

    a failure!

    By 

    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
         
        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
           
          1.0

          I'm Waiting!!!

          By 

          from Wisconsin

          About Me Avid Gardener

          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

          (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

          (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.

            • Primary use:
            • Personal

            (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
               
              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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