Bonsai at Portland Nursery
The ancient art of Bonsai has been passed down from master to apprentice for many centuries.
Indoor and Outdoor Bonsai
At Portland Nursery, you don’t have to be an expert to enjoy the miniature world of Bonsai -- we make it easy for everyone to succeed at this form of containerized planting.
Enjoy bonsai in the comfort of your home with indoor bonsai plants. We select plants that are not only interesting in form, but also easy to maintain. Indoor and outdoor bonsai plants plus all sizes and training styles are available.
We have a wide selection of sizes, shapes and colors of bonsai pots to customize your bonsai to your personal style.
Bonsai pots to choose from:
- Black plastic posts in many sizes.
- Korean mica pots are great for trees in training. They are inexpensive, unbreakable and you can drill holes in the sides for anchor points for wiring heavier branches. Plus, they come in many sizes and shapes, including shallow oval trays for group plantings.
- Glazed and earthen (unglazed) pots from China and Japan in many colors and sizes.
Special Bonsai Features
We carry a wide variety of “finished” bonsai—trained and pruned trees planted in decorative pots—for an instant authentic bonsai.
Our outdoor bonsai “starts” allow you to begin training at an early age for a truly personal bonsai experience.
Annual Bonsai Show
Every year in June and together with the Bonsai Society of Portland (BSOP), we host our annual Bonsai Show and Contest at 9000 SE Division.
All entries are judged by the public and the staff.
The Art of Bonsai
We've created some handy brochures to help with Bonsai creation and maintenance (pdfs):
The miniature stature of these plants calls for specialized tools. From concave cutters to branch benders and training wire, we have everything you need.
In our opinion, the Concave Cutter is the primary tool used by bonsai artists. It’s what we recommend to people wanting to get their first specialty bonsai tool. The Concave Cutter is responsible for most pruning cuts on all sizes and types of trees, making clean cuts close to the trunk.
The next tool on your list should be a good pair of pruning scissors for quick and accurate maintenance cuts.
Wire cutters are important if you are doing any branch wiring, because simply unwinding a wired tree is quite risky – you can easily break the branch you have worked so hard to shape, or damage fresh buds – with rounded-tip wire cutters de-wiring is
quick,safe and easy.
You can build your collection of tools one at a time or cover all bases with a kit in a handy tool roll!
Also in stock are the other supplies needed for the novice and expert bonsai gardener alike, including cut paste for effective wound healing, training wire in many gauges, drainage netting, and premixed bonsai soil and individual soil ingredients.