Looking to purchase your first and you’re curious about how much are bonsai trees going to cost you? This is the where you can learn!
The price of these trees depends on a number of variables. But more importantly, you should remember that quality is always going to be more expensive.
What determines the price of a Bonsai tree?
The age of the Bonsai tree
How much are Bonsai trees is heavily influenced by the age of the Bonsai tree. Most very old Bonsai trees aren’t for sale, and when they go for sale they are very expensive.
Basically, the older the tree, the more expensive it will be. It has taken time and money to maintain them for centuries and simple economics dictates that the price should be a bit high as a result.
One of such old Bonsai trees went for an amazing 1.3 million U.S. dollars! It was sold at the International Bonsai Convention, right in Takamatsu, Japan. (See picture below of the $1.3 million Bonsai tree)
Where you are buying your Bonsai tree from
Most Bonsai trees are designed in China and Japan. Therefore, buying them while in these countries won’t cost you as much as it does when buying them from other countries, whether online or by importing them.
Likewise, we can view it too from the perspective of buying them from the farm directly, or from any other retailer. From the farm, it will be cheaper and the added advantage is that you’ll get to choose from a wide range of varieties.
The design and tapering of the tree trunk
In China, Bonsai trees are fast-grown. A tree is let to grow up to about 2 meters tall (in around 3 years), chopped short to a few inches again then left to develop branches in another one year. Those are only 4 years of time invested.
However, scars will still be visible. As a result, there’s no tapering in this case. If tapering is to be achieved, more years have to be invested in the tree. And so with more time invested, the tree becomes more expensive.
The Chinese-made Bonsai trees without tapering go for as low as $20-30. But how much are Bonsai trees going to cost you also depends on how much you want to spend.
Examples include the Juniper Bonsai Tree (Small) from Bonsai Boy available for $19.95. (see below)
Another example that is slightly larger and much more pricey is the Flowering Fukien Tea Tree also from Bonsai Boy (see below). This bad boy will set you back $395 but it is a 35-year-old tree!
The ones with tapering can be costly and it’s not uncommon to see old tapered Bonsai trees sell for several thousand dollars.
Pot and tree material (species)
The Bonsai pots come in a variety of designs. Their age determines their price. Old ones are more costly than the new ones. Pottery is an art on its own and many of the older and more advanced designs will cost hundreds of dollars alone.
Talking about the species, some of them are expensive while some cost almost nothing to grow. Depending on the cost of growing them, their prices will vary in direct proportion.
So how much are Bonsai trees?
At the end of the day, there is a price for whatever you are willing to pay. The more you can spend the better looking the tree will be.
How much are bonsai trees will greatly depend on your willingness to spend and your requirements for age, quality and type of tree.
With that said, the $20 Bonsai trees are still very good to look at and great value for the money.
We use and recommend Bonsai Boy for all our Bonsai needs, as they offer great quality and care about their customers.
If you’d like to know which is the best indoor bonsai tree, click to read our post.
Thank you for reading, I wish you luck with your Bonsai Adventures!
Founder of Bonsai Beginnings