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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
on February 15, 2008
This was the best gift ever. The bonsai tree that came was in great shape, looked like it was well taken care of. The pot that comes with it is so cute too. Mine was a beautiful blue color. And everything else thats supposed to come, came as well. I would highly recommend this to anyone. A+
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
on August 27, 2007
I bought this as a gift for my husband who has been interested in working with Bonsai for some time. He's thrilled with it and is enjoying maintaining it.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on December 16, 2012
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I ordered this tree for my boyfriend as a christmas present. He was very excited to receive it. The tree looks healthy, although it is a little smaller and skimpier than the one in the photo. It's still beautiful and I'm eager to see it grow in the spring.

I rated it four stars instead of five because nowhere in the description does it say that junipers ARE NOT indoor plants. Perhaps this was a fault of my own research before purchasing, but after it arrived (as well as with an indoor bonsai beginner book) we were surprised to see that junipers were not listed in the book. After looking it up online we found out that the juniper needs to be outside during winter to go through a dormant state essential to it's growth. This makes caring for it a little more complicated and the included instructions provide no help as to how long, what temperatures are optimal/too warm/too cold, or any other specifics. I'm sure we'll be able to work around this issue with help from other resources, but it would be nice for this fact to be stated in the description/instructions. Had it not been for the book I bought we never would have known! It's even listed as an indoor plant through the amazon website. It also did not contain the "multi-color rock" stated in the description, but that's not a huge loss. The figurine looks great by itself.

Apparently ficus trees make great little indoor bonsais for beginners... maybe we'll look for one of those after we get the hang of caring for this one.

Overall still a great tree.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on December 5, 2011
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I've loved Bonsai Trees all my life, and my wife recently purchased this kit for me. I just transplanted the Juniper (in great shape) to the nice pot and am giving the tree some time to rest and adapt to it's new location before I start trimming and shaping it. I have a book my Son's bought me a few Christmas' ago which I'm looking at to get some ideas on this most important phase - how to make this young tree look like a weathered, stately old creature full of wisdom, and full of the care, perspective, and artistry of the Bonsai. This is a great purchase and I'm grateful to my wife for the gift. Now comes the hard part, to look into my deeper self and attempt what I know is far beyond me, to create a work of art I will cherish for years. I highly recommend this product, and would appreciate it if you'd wish me luck as I try to move further on this path.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on April 22, 2012
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Package was well prepared. Everything arrived in completion and unbroken. The plant was surprisingly healthy since there was over a week between when it supposedly shipped and when it arrived. Bottom line is the plant is small. The pictures all shown are accurate, but do not depict the size well. I'll put up a better pic to show the size.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
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I bought this Bonsai starter kit for my sister-in-law for a Christmas present and she LOVED it. It was shipped quickly and packed very carefully. Other Bonsai starter kits I considered had only seeds. This had a mature, 2 to 3 year old tree.

I had a question about the tree and emailed BonsaiBoy customer service. They responded within an hour with the answer, and this was during the holiday season.

Based on my purchase experience and my sister-in-law's satisfaction with this product, I can highly recommend this Bonsai tree starter kit. Have fun with it!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on April 16, 2012
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This was an excellent gift for my brother. It came with everything you need to start a bonsai! He was very appreciative, and I'm sure I will look to Amazon.com again for more.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on August 13, 2013
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Took a few days to ship and then about a week to arrive - 3/5

From their list:
Glazed ceramic imported container - was nice shape, color, condition (5/5)
Juniper Procumbens Nana (3 years old) - a little beat up and bent out of shape, definitely not a 3 year old tree (2/5)
Annealed copper training wire - not good quality for tree (1/5)
Bonsai tree soil (conifer mix) - not great quality soil, gonna buy my own (1/5)
Fiberglass drainage hole covers - included (5/5)
Multi-colored textured rock - not included (0/5)
Separate typewritten instructions for potting, training and maintenance - nothing common sense wouldn't tell you (ie. do not over-water tree) (1/5)
Ceramic miniature figurine - damaged, not usable (1/5)
humidity/drip tray - too small for the pot to fit will need to buy new one (1/5)
Plastic plant marker - not included (0/5)

Overall score - 1.8/5
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on December 5, 2012
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I'm not a green thumb so I figured this is a good place to start. I did have an older bonsai for 3 or 4 years that did well up until recently. I couldn't save it however hard I tried. So still reeling from the emotional defeat and loss of my tree, I am brave enough to try a "starter". It arrived fine. Nicely packed with everything but planting instructions. There were instructions on how to care for it, but not how to put it in the planter with the screens, rocks, soil and wires and such. Not hard to google and figure it out, but I would have liked "Step 1..., Step 2... etc." Maybe there have them and just forgot to pack them. Dunno.

Anyway, the plant is cute and healthy and I'm going to try my hardest not to kill it. I would recommend this plant to anyone wanting a cute little growing project.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on December 7, 2012
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I am so impressed with this kit. Barring the juniper suddenly dying in the next week (and right now it looks gorgeous), I couldn't be happier. In fact, I'm pretty sure my juniper looks even better than the one in the photograph. I have a rectangular pot instead of round (which I knew could happen) and it came with fertilizer for a year, extra potting medium,a drip tray, wire and rocks. Even the figurine is cool rather than tacky. For the price, even including shipping, this is the perfect gift for my boyfriend who would rather train his own bonsai than buy a pre-pruned one.

The packaging was pretty impressive too -- only a little dirt spilled in the box, which looked like it had been batted around the Post Office for a bit.

Again, WOW.
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