Kyoto Bonsai Centre – Elm Court Garden Centre is a Kyoto Bonsai Centre and stock a wide range of plants, foods, and accessories.

Special order – We can order Bonsai plants specially for you and have a catalogue for you to select from, see instore for details.

Starter Plants – We have Starter plants which are easier to keep and develop and a selection of books to assist the beginner or improver.

House plants – A wide range of Bonsai that thrive indoors as house plants.

Outdoor Bonsai – We have a range of Hardy Bonsai for your garden and these can be safely grown outside.

In-house experts – Talk to our Horticultural team instore for more details or enquire by phone.

Bonsai tree care (BASICS)

Alongside basic care guides make sure to establish what tree species you have and look up the care guidelines on the internet or speak to our staff instore.

Bonsai trees are often more delicate than the normal indoor plant however a few basic rules should enable anyone to take care of their tree properly.

The two main areas to pay particular attention to is where you place it and how to water it properly.

Dependent upon the species, your Bonsai will either be an indoor or garden plant.

Indoor Bonsai location

Lots of light is crucial for the health of your tree.

Indoor Bonsai are often sub-tropical tree species, which means they need a high humidity. Using a humidity tray will help and placing it where the temperature is reasonably constant throughout the day.

Outdoor Bonsai location

Most trees need to be left outside year-round as the annual cycle is crucial for their health.

Do not over protect your tree in the winter season as it will weaken your tree.

As a general guide place outdoor Bonsai in a bright spot with lots of light.

Many varieties do like shade from hot afternoon sun.


The most important part of taking care of your Bonsai trees is watering.

How often a Bonsai needs to be watered depends on many factors, and providing an exact guide is not possible. Instead, you need to observe your trees individually.

Some factors are what species of the tree, size of the tree, size of the pot, time of year, and soil-mixture.

Water your trees when the soil gets slightly dry.

Do not water on a routine, keep a close eye on your trees and individually determine their watering needs.

Make sure to establish what tree species you have and look up the care guidelines.

When watering, make sure to thoroughly soak the entire root system. Keep watering until water runs out of the bottom drainage holes, and possibly repeat the process a few minutes later.

Pour water from above using a watering can with a fine nozzle to prevent the soil from being washed away. If you keep your Bonsai indoors, you can place your tree in your kitchen sink and water the tree thoroughly, before placing it back.

The best water you can use is rainwater because it doesn’t contain any added chemicals, but when this is not readily available there is no problem in using normal tap water.