Bare-Root Seedlings for Bonsai


About Our Bare-root
Seedlings & Potted Specimens

Each year for the past 33 years I have prepared bare-root seedlings for my forest bonsai classes. I carefully evaluate the current crop available for a wide range of sizes and species for bonsai from growers across the country. This season many new and exciting species as well as pre-bonsai with larger shaped trunks are also available. 

Seedlings are an economical way to obtain plants at a low individual cost for bonsai. Many of these species are difficult to find, especially in small sizes. Beginners are encouraged to develop forest bonsai for quicker development of an established appearance with a fuller silhouette. Forest bonsai can be easily created from bare-root seedlings because they have light branching and small root systems which can be placed closer together than potted specimens. Add a large single trunk tree to your forest to add the feeling of maturity for greater satisfaction.

The bare-root seedlings are dormant, healthy and suitable for growing to larger sizes. Plants available here are excellent for developing into larger unusual bonsai. Developing your own bonsai from young plants with pliable trunks is a fun and satisfying method to shape the bonsai to your own design.

Please note that all seedlings are field-grown one to four year old bare-root plants. Many do not have an abundance of fibrous roots or twigs but they can be easily developed during the first growing season. The potted pre-bonsai are established in small plastic pots, one gallon or three gallon containers.

  Other established potted imported and domestic bonsai specimens are in excellent supply and available for pick up in Rochester, New York or delivery to bonsai conventions I will be attending. Please let me know what you are looking for.

Care and training information on each species can be located in the back issues of International BONSAI. Good luck with your bonsai during the new growing season. Please telephone if you have further questions. Order early to avoid disappointment since many species are in limited numbers!                      
 © December 2016


Shipping season mid January through March/ 2019.

All prices INCLUDE costly packing & increased USPS shipping
Minimum order $35.00. Please review the pdf catalog below for further terms and ordering information.          

William N. Valavanis             (585) 334-2595       

Click here to Order online 2019 seedling catalog . 2019 Catalog sale ended. Please visit us in January 2020 to view the new 2020 catalog.

Download PDF file colored version of  2019 seedling catalog.        2019 Catalog sale ended. Please visit us in January 2020 to view the new 2020 catalog.


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