The bonsai plant is a miniature tree that can be grown indoors or outdoors. It’s not always easy to know how much a full-grown bonsai tree costs, as there are many different types of trees, and they come in various sizes.
I’ve sold over 23+ different bonsai trees over the past 10 years, and this article will help you determine the price of your bonsai tree.
Let’s get started!
How To Tell The Age of a Bonsai Tree?
To tell the age of a bonsai tree, you can use a circumference and a measuring tape. Run it around the tree, and this should be around 2 inches from the ground.
The circumference of a tree refers to the number of inches around the trunk from where it connects to the soil.
Establishing the circumference of the tree is enough to estimate the height. You now need to find out what 3.14 pi corresponds to in relation to that measurement.
You need to determine the growth factor for your particular breed of bonsai tree. Once you know the number, multiply it by the diameter of the plant, which gives you a general estimation of its age.
The easiest way would be to cut through your tree and count the rings, but this isn’t viable since you’re probably going to grow your bonsai tree even further.
Other options could be to look at the base of your trunk. The larger your trunk, the older your bonsai tree is.
Some people even cut off a small sample of the bonsai and let an expert use a microscope.
How Much Are Old Bonsai Trees Worth?
Here below you can find the general prices of bonsai trees in different years. These prices are an estimate of the market as of 2021.
Other factors that play into this are the size, type and what kind of bonsai tree you have.
|Age in Years||Price in USD|
|1 Year||$20 – $30|
|5 Years||$30 – $100|
|10 Years||$100 – $150|
|15 Years||$150 – $275|
|20 Years||$275 – $800|
|50 Years||$800 – $10,000|
|100+ Years||$10,000+ (depending on tree)|
How Much Is Your Bonsai Tree Worth?
To see how much your bonsai tree is worth. You should see how old your tree is. After that, look at what kind of bonsai tree you have. There are many different bonsai trees with different prices.
The price can also depend on what kind of pot your plant is in and how big it is. Most people only look at the size of the tree and not at what kind of bonsai tree it is.
Where Can You Sell Your Bonsai Tree?
Selling your bonsai tree can be done at auctions or regular bonsai stores. The easiest way to sell a bonsai tree is to put it in an auction. The place where I normally sell my bonsai tree is at this Facebook group.
I’ve seen other people sell their bonsai trees on eBay or regular marketplaces. There’s no real difference other than paying the transaction fees. Both places are great places to sell bonsai trees.
Some tips to know when selling your bonsai tree:
- Check if the buyer has a track record
- Use a middleman to prevent getting scammed
- Use Paypal Goods & Services
- Never send money with Paypal Friends & Family
Suppose you see an attractive bonsai in a group or marketplace. It’s possible to buy that one and add it to your collection. I’ve done this many times in the past, and now I have over 15+ different bonsai trees in my garden.
Storing these bonsai trees should be done in a humid environment. I have an article about building a bonsai bench for beginners. If you don’t have a place to put your bonsai trees, try building a bench yourself.
How Much Money Can You Make Selling Bonsai Trees?
Suppose you have 5 bonsai trees growing in your garden. Growing the trees for 5 years, you can sell them for a total of $500 dollars each.
For some people, this isn’t a lot, but if you start growing bonsai trees in volume. For example, you grow 100 trees as a side hustle job for 5 years. You’ll make an extra $25,000.
Taking care of a bonsai tree doesn’t require much time. The only thing you need is to have a big garden that gets a lot of sunlight. The majority of people that grow bonsais in their free time don’t have this.
However, if you’re someone who is able to grow bonsai trees in their free time, you can make a lot of money out of it.
You should be aware that when you start making a big production out of this, there’s an initial investment required. You will need seeds and pots for each tree as well as the soil they require to grow.
The initial investment isn’t that much, considering you already have experience growing bonsai trees for a couple of years. There are market places where you can buy pots in bulk for quite cheap.
Pros and Cons of Selling Bonsai Trees
Growing bonsai trees to make money has its pros and cons.
- Can earn up to $100,000 yearly when done right
- It doesn’t require a lot of time
- Requires a big garden/indoor space
- The initial investment required (depending on the number of trees)
- Good to have previous experience growing bonsai trees
Tips for Growing Your Own Bonsai Trees at Home
There are many tips out there on growing your own bonsai tree at home. I’ve picked the 5 best tips for you to follow:
1. Shaping and Styling your Bonsai
Shaping and styling your bonsai the right way is essential. Most bonsai enthusiasts agree that the best way to shape your tree is by using wire. The wire will help you create and maintain those beautiful, intricate shapes in a bonsai without causing any damage whatsoever.
You can use different tools like needle-nose pliers, bonsai scissors, or wire cutters. A wire is a preferred tool for shaping a bonsai tree because this won’t cause any damage to the tree.
Don’t expect your bonsai to be a perfect miniature replica of nature. Even though we’re trying to achieve that, it’s not always possible. Also, keep in mind that it might take quite some time before seeing any growth.
After growing bonsai trees for 10+ years it’s not something that happens overnight. Most starters expect their bonsai to grow the following day. This will never happen because it’s just not realistic.
3. Prune Regularly
Pruning your bonsai regularly is essential because this will keep your bonsai healthy. It doesn’t require a lot of time and it’s fun to do it.
If you’ve never done it before try following a YouTube tutorial or look up a guide. It’s not that hard and a lot of starters enjoy pruning their bonsai.
4. Thicken your Bonsai Trunk
Growing a thick trunk can take up to five years and develop from many small, thin roots. A bonsai tree needs to have a thick trunk because the trunk supports the entire tree against bad weather, and it also helps transport water to the roots.
Thickening the bonsai trunk needs a lot of care so it’s important to start with this as soon as possible.
5. Get a Bigger Pot
A bigger pot will result in faster growth. So, in order to make your bonsai grow bigger, you need a pot that’s at least two inches wider. This is a step that a lot of people overlook when starting out.
The price ranges from $250 up to $400 for a full-grown bonsai tree. These bonsai trees are somewhere around 15 to 20 years old and have been trained by experts.
If you’re interested in purchasing one, make sure that the plant is planted on an elevated surface where it can be watered frequently (this will help prevent root rot).
It’s not always easy to know how much a full-grown bonsai tree costs, as there are many different types of trees, and they come in various sizes. Stay tuned to our blog for more information!