Most trees and shrubs are excellent for bonsai. For others however it is a constant struggle to stay alive.
There is one tree I hate more than any other….
What an annoying tree! Notoriously hard to keep alive. It hates it when you move it, water it, don’t water it, don’t feed it enough or breathe on it.Â Whats more if you try to repot it, you get a disgusting odour from the roots.Â Foetida literally translates as ‘foul smellling’.
I’ve got two at home that I’m managing to sustain.Â I would offer them for sale but I’d feel sorry for the person that I sold them to.Â My advice is just don’t buy one.
There are a couple of ones that are sometimes offered as bonsai that I personally hate for various reasons.
- Chinese elm – It’s just so common and commercialized. Any that you find in the shops are so unnatural looking.
- Horse chestnut – Why would you?
- Sageretia theezans – I’ve had a few die on me, they seem quite hard to keep.