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The Mini Bonsai Kit

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With this kit, complete with a small pot, a peat pellet, a packet of seeds, a pair of scissors, and a 40-page book explaining bonsai gardening and including instructions, indoor gardeners can grow a peaceful mini-garden anywhere they choose. Whether it's on a desk or in a kitchen, this little bit of greenery will brighten up the day -- just add water!

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With this kit, complete with a small pot, a peat pellet, a packet of seeds, a pair of scissors, and a 40-page book explaining bonsai gardening and including instructions, indoor gardeners can grow a peaceful mini-garden anywhere they choose. Whether it's on a desk or in a kitchen, this little bit of greenery will brighten up the day -- just add water!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 30, 2007

    Easy little bonsai

    I bought on of these kits at barnes and noble. i saw it while i was waiting in line. i am very much into bonsai and thought the kit would be interesting. i have seen a lot of bad reviews for this item. this is because the directions are not too specific and are not the best. The key to germinating seeds successfully is knowing the exact conditions that the seeds need to germinate. With every seed species you have to do your research before jumping into it. I was able to get all five seeds to sprout within two weeks of buying the kit. The steps that I took: I placed all five seeds in a damp paper towl and put paper towl in a zip-lock bag. Then I placed the bag on bottom shelf of fridge. I then waited two days. I then went outside and gathered a few small leaves. I burned them outside and gathered the ashes. I then smeared a little of the ashes inside of the damp paper towl, just enough to make the paper towl a dark grey color. I then let the bag sit in the fridge for another three days. Then I took it out and let the bag sit out in a room in a dark place. The seeds all sprouted roots within five days of leaving it out at room temperature. The key to getting the jack pine seeds to germinate successfully was the ash. In my research i found that this species needs fire to get seeds to sprout. Forest fires not only clear the underbrush for new growth, but they also allow the pine cones to open and drop their seeds. The presence of ash lets the seeds know that there is room in the forest for them to grow.

    19 out of 19 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 13, 2010

    Useless

    The bonsai kit came without the peat pellet or the seeds, rendering it pretty useless. It was a stocking stuffer from my daugthers to my husband - a disappointment on Christmas morning..... I gave this one star because it wouldn't let me give zero.

    3 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 18, 2003

    Great Kit

    Somebody posted a review saying it had to be put outside when it was old enough.....What were they thinking???It's a bonsai!!You have to trim the roots to prevent it from growing to it's full size!You also should trim the branches and wire them to maintain (or take on) a certain shape.It should be kept in a sunny window.(not outside!)

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 12, 2009

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    Four kits and no sprouts

    It's a cool idea, but it stops there. I bought two kits and my mother bought two kits. Not a single seed sprouted. Followed the instructions to a T. Maybe we're just unlucky.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 14, 2004

    how to grow dead bonsai

    its the cutest little gift i ever received. it is also a kit that comes with four seeds. if you follow the directions, you get four dead shoots. if you try to reach running press you get nothing. all i would like is 4 more seeds to try again.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 8, 2003

    Mini Bonsai Kit

    If someone were to start with a bonsai, than they should have done it with a already grown, four or five year tree. The problems i'd guess that would come with this is yes, the seeds may grow, but if the soil is too wet than they'd 'damp off' and die. Also the booklet probably says that junipers can happily be kept indoors, and even though i'm a novice, i know that is not true. An indoor juniper may look healthy for a year but then it will get sickly and fail if not given a dormant period. Oh well, it (might) be good, can't judge a book by it's cover

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 13, 2003

    Mini Bonsai Kit

    A bonsai kit is good and all, but if one really wants to keep a bonsai, you should buy a pre-started one from a reputable place (AKA nursery, not department store at christmas). Also, this kit is for a JUNIPER tree. The booklet states that it is an indoor tree, but a juniper will utterly die indoors, even if given proper and loveing care. Also there is no 'special' bonsai seeds. You can take a handful of acorns and if pruned and trimmed right, you can make a bonsai out of those. If you planted your juniper outdoors, waited a few hundred years it be HUGE. Point made...i recommend not starting with a kit and bad, unreliable instructions, enjoy ^_~

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 26, 2014

    I've always been interested in Bonsai trees, so when I saw this

    I've always been interested in Bonsai trees, so when I saw this kit at Barnes and Noble,
    I thought I'd give it a try. I was able to get a couple of seeds to sprout after a month of
    watering the soil. I used bottled water since the water in my community has some chlorine
    in it. Hopefully in a few more months I'll see substantial growth.  If not Running Press will send me 
    replacement seeds. The only complaints I have is the manual is poorly written, and the box art should
    show a jack pine instead of a juniper tree. But a jack pine doesn't look as good as a juniper, so that's probably why Running press used that photo. 

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  • Posted January 16, 2013

    MINI is an understatement

    when i thought mini, i thought the box would be at least maybe four inches in diameter, but when it arrived, i thought it was a mistake... nope, just a very LITERAL "MINI" bonsai kit. probably two inches in diameter... i gave it as a gift, so i dont know how the kit looks or works.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 11, 2009

    Great stocking stuffer!

    Takes some effort but if you enjoy things like origami and plants/gardening activities this is a great project. Recommend for youth and teens on up.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 4, 2009

    Perfect Gift for a Friend Abroad

    What would you buy for an old friend whom you haven't seen for years and the friend lives abroad? I opted for a Mini Bonsai Kit for my college roommate who, as I later learned, brought it to her office and placed it next to her PC. She loves compact, meaningful and green gifts. I considered a flower in a pot but doubting that it would make it to Germany brought me to Barnes and Noble to look for a warm reminder that her friend knows her very well and remembers good old days. The kit is not kitschy or pretentious. It requires minimal care and provokes only positive feelings. Plus it is affordable and shipable.

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  • Posted February 24, 2009

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    Missing pieces!

    So, two days ago my boyfriend bought me one of these for my dorm room, and the soil and seeds were missing. I decided to read the book before opening the bag of supplies, so, after about 10 minutes of flipping through it, I poured the contents out of the bubble wrap to find: a pair of scissors, and a small pot. Nothing else. This item was shrink wrapped as I bought it, and I removed the plastic myself, so how did the assembly line miss putting in the very things needed to grow my miniature, oxygen giving tree?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 9, 2006

    all that grew was mold

    i know that growing a bonsai takes patience, but the tiny maggots growing on the dirt didn't take my breath away.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 20, 2005

    Really, it doesn't work, but it's so cute!

    My son and I purchased this along with the mini Zen Garden... The seeds sprouted and then died... I agree with some of the other reviewers, I think we need to buy a Bonsai from reputable dealer... And the mini Zen Garden is a great way to start! I now have a table top Zen Garden and am planning one for outdoors next spring... It is what you make of it! Have fun!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 14, 2005

    This kit is fun!

    I bought this kit awhile ago and followed the directions and I have a cute little plant growing in my dorm room. I got one for my friend and hers is healthy and growing as well. Maybe some people didn't follow the directions and simply planted the seeds. I'm enjoying my bonsai--it's a great kit!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 28, 2005

    What a waste on time and money

    I bought this kit in hopes to maybe start something well after i tried twice and failed it didnt kill my hopes completely because i also bought a different kind but more reputable brand of seeds. after giving up all hopes on this 'juniper' when it really is a Jack pine i turned to the other seedlings that i still currently have, ooh and to date my bonsai collection is good sized and growing. in the one years time that i started any seeds i have bought, created, and worked on over 50 bonsai. believe me this kit is a bad start and very discouraging, and Definately a waste of your money! there are alot of local, hidden but local Bonsai places in rochester and other places. i recomend going to them. Good luck!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 23, 2003

    It's Dying! Oh, wait it's Already Dead

    When I bouhgt the kit, I expected a little more. First I'm really happy, then it grows and grows without a change. Not bigger, or smaller. Now there's 2 sprouts, one's dying (or dead, I don't know)and one just stays the same. Very disapointed. Bad instructions, and bad overall. Had more fun doing the review than trying to grow it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 24, 2003

    New Bonsai Lover

    I loved the description it gave (even though simple but somtimes simple is better) I only used 2 of my 5 seeds to start out with. I hope i will have wonderful bonsai. By the way junipers do not need to be outside all the time they can live happily indoors but do need some outside time in the summer and spring.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 2, 2003

    **AWESOME**

    I love my bonsai even though it's only a seedling still! Easy to follow kit, and everything you need to start is at hand! Great kit!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 5, 2003

    Bonsai

    You put the bonsai in a pot, in a sunny window, clip the roots so i won't get huge, water it and trim it, thats all!! not out side unless you want to! The Bonsai is what the japanese love to do, its very calming.

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