Where To Find Discount Bonsai Trees
Do Your Homework OR Break The Bank
Bonsai connoisseurs will tell you the purchasing and maintenance of a bonsai tree can be expensive. There are however, ways for the bonsai grower on a budget to supplement their collection without breaking the bank. With minimal research you may find there are online distributors, local nurseries, and the possibility of a local bonsai society. It is always best to do a little homework on how to find the best trees before making a purchase and not making a rash decision to purchase without weighing all the options.
While a local full line nursery may carry a limited selection of bonsai trees, you will know exactly what you are buying. You can view and examine the tree for disease and insect damage. You will know the actual size, shape and condition. You may pay a little more thru a retailer; however, there are no shipping charges, and no surprises in the end. Some online research may steer you towards a local bonsai society. This is a great place to purchase with a no surprise purchase price. This is also a great way to meet fellow bonsai enthusiasts, and to learn their secrets to success. These individuals are almost always willing to share their secrets of finding discount trees, and which suppliers are reputable. This might mean you end up purchasing a tree or two at the higher society price, but if you average this cost out with the added knowledge and resources, you may find you come out ahead in the long run.
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If you purchase online, as with any online purchase, make sure the dealer is reputable. While the price of the tree may be significantly less than the local nursery, are you getting a diseased or damaged tree? Not all online retailers are created equal, and sometime the old adage you get what you pay for applies. However, this is not true of all vendors, there are many reputable discount dealers available, and you need to be willing to research and read reviews and listen to other bonsai experts recommendations. Consider signing up for a bonsai vender newsletter, it may provide you with a heads up of coming sales, and end of the season bargains.
Purchasing Discount Bonsai Trees Online
When purchasing discount trees online be sure to read the fine print. Is the purchase taxed if shipped out of state? Is there a shipping fee? If you buy a certain quantity is the shipping fee waived? For the novice bonsai grower, a grab bag may be a good option. These are generally cheaper common trees, but the purchase price allows you a chance to experiment and learn without the added worry of the cost if the tree comes to an untimely demise. Thru your online research you may even find a local grower where you can buy trees without added fees. Buying direct from the grower is generally cheaper than using a wholesaler or retailer. Generally the grower is also willing to talk with you about the overall quality of their operation, resulting in the overall quality of the tree. They may also be willing to make special purchase offers with repeat customers.
Total Cost Of Bonsai
When purchasing your bonsai specimen it is not always the actual cost of the tree of concern, it is the overall cost. You need to include the cost of shipping, taxes, and any service fees. Is there a guarantee or money back warranty if the tree arrives damaged, or is not healthy? Unless you completely trust the online discount vendor it may be wise to look for another discount vendor or to spend a little more money to get a healthy tree. Growing and designing bonsai trees at the comfort of your own home can definitely be a joyful experience and hobby. Purchasing your first bonsai tree to start this hobby does not have break the bank. There are credible online retailers who offer discounted bonsai trees and delivery to your home.
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