I received a Gardenia Bonsai tree for review and the opportunity to host this giveaway from the Soothing Company. No other compensation was received, and opinions are my own.
You can never have enough or too many trees. Never. Trees provide us with oxygen, sometimes food, and shade from the harsh and sometimes damaging rays of the sun. Plus, trees are beautiful; whether they are lush and green during summer or sporting the multi-colored shades of fall.
While there are six fully-grown trees in my backyard (there used to be seven, but the truck that crashed into my house a few weeks ago completely uprooted one of them and it sacrificed its life to spare my house a lot of additional damage), I have long been planning to add more–apple trees and pine trees, and lots of them. In my world, if you have the space for trees, there’s no reason not to add more. But what if you don’t have the space; or much outdoor space at all, for that matter? You don’t have to let your space situation dictate the plant life you can have around or inside your home.
Whether your house sits on a wide open field or you live in a third-floor walk-up apartment, we can all add a little more green to our surroundings with small plants and even trees. If you merely have a windowsill’s worth of free space, or a tiny balcony or outdoor deck, a Bonsai tree will fit there perfectly.
My first introduction to Bonsai trees was during an episode of “Saved by the Bell” (no judging!) when Mr. Belding is trimming a Bonsai tree and lets Screech help him do it “the right way.” Silly shenanigans ensue and ultimately, the tree is ruined. I scoured YouTube for a clip of this scene from the show, but it turns out that I have a knack for remembering episodes of shows that apparently no one else does.
My most recent relationship with the Bonsai, however, has nothing to do with “Saved by the Bell” — or with any other show that I now find mildly embarrassing to admit to liking.
Officially recognized as an International art form, Bonsai means “little trees in pots.” While these trees originated in China and were later refined in Japan, one particular Gardenia Bonsai tree found its way to my house just a few weeks ago, generously sent to me by The Soothing Company.
Before my very own Bonsai tree was making its way to my doorstep, I had no idea that my fiance had long had an interest in Bonsai. I guess it was just one of those things that never came up in any of our conversations over the years, but at my first mention of us receiving one, he was thrilled. He went on to tell me that Bonsai trees are particularly cool because they are shaped and flourish just like larger trees, but are miniaturized; and who doesn’t love miniatures? Well, unless we’re talking about coffee. Coffee should always come in servings of 16oz and larger, but that could just be me.
Our Gardenia Bonsai tree arrived in a plain brown cardboard box with a live plant notice printed on its side. It was held securely in place so as to avoid becoming damaged during transit. It arrived in perfect condition with a tag letting me know it is an outdoor Bonsai tree along with brief care information. Also included was a small booklet that went into more detail about care instructions and everything I needed to know about keeping it healthy and growing strong.
According to my Bonsai tree’s tag and booklet, the Gardenia Bonsai tree is an outdoor Bonsai that I acclimated to our unique outdoor conditions by first placing it in a shady area of our back porch. After the first week of it being here, I moved it to the other side of the porch so it could get more sun in the early mornings and the shade it needs in the mid- to late-afternoons. Because we didn’t have the most ideal temperatures as we headed into spring, with frequent dips into the 30s and even 20s, our Bonsai tree did spend a few nights inside to avoid freezing, which I learned was acceptable in order to keep it protected during its growing season, as long as it didn’t spend more than five days inside.
I have been told by numerous friends of mine that Bonsai trees are difficult to care for. I haven’t run into many issues, however; probably because I was sure to read the small care instruction booklet a few times from front-to-back just to make sure I wouldn’t mess anything up and accidentally kill it. The only difficult area of care that I am dreading when it comes to caring for a Bonsai tree is that it must be repotted every three-to-four years. Having no experience with this and lacking a step-by-step manual on the process, I am weary but seeking comfort in the fact that I have a few years to go before that becomes a necessity.
While I have had my Gardenia Bonsai tree for a little over a month now, it has not yet produced flowers. I’m hopeful that it will in time; and when that happens, I will be sure to get some pictures of that for you all.
The Soothing Company Gardenia Bonsai Tree Giveaway
I have learned a lot about the art of Bonsai since adding a little more green to our lives by placing our new Bonsai tree on our back porch. I also have the opportunity to spread the word about these little trees in pots and make one reader’s life a little more green as well.
One reader will win their very own Gardenia Bonsai tree from The Soothing Company.
This giveaway is open to US entrants ages 18+ and will end June 27.