By spring sales stock at Shibui Bonsai are usually at the lowest levels. Most of the trees Shibui offers are grown on site. We dig new trees from the grow beds in late winter and pot them up but it takes a few months for those trees to grow new roots. Shipping trees with tender new roots would likely damage those fragile roots as the tree is jostled and shaken in transport. To give you the best stock I don’t ship trees until I am sure the new roots are strong enough to handle the rigors of the postal service.
Quick growing, resilient species like maples and Chinese elms are usually ready for sale around November. Pines and junipers are much slower to re-establish so those are not usually offered until well into summer.
Right now Shibui Bonsai only have a few pre bonsai trees left from the previous season’s list. Photos below show what we still have as of early September. You can find individual pictures of these in the current catalogues or email and ask for current individual photos. just quote the numbers from the pots so i know which tree(s) you want to look at.
The good news is that new Shibui trees are currently settling into fresh pots. In the pictures you can see the new buds just starting to emerge. This crop of Root over Rock tridents look like some of the best I’ve produced but I have only potted up a few Japanese maples and Chinese elms this year. As mentioned, these should be ready for sale in November this year. The rest of the field grown trees went back into the grow beds to continue developing so they will be bigger and better next year.
For those looking for smaller and younger trees there are always plenty of starters in 11 and 15 cm pots so just let me know what species you are interested in. Some clues as to what shape and size you are thinking of will help narrow down the possibilities as well.