Here we shall explore a commonly asked question: why are bonsai trees expensive? Well, if you consider naturally collected trees, they are one in a million, so trying to find them is quite a challenge for one. Or even if you did manage to find them, trying to collect them is another challenge. More often than not, they are hanging off cliff faces or in place that are difficult to get to which is why they’re small in the first place.
So even after you have managed to collect them, you’ve got to be able to make them survive. If you have a one-in-a-million tree, it’s already, the chances of it surviving are reduced even further. So, yes they are expensive. Naturally collected trees can be really, really expensive. If you have field grown trees or even grown nursery trees, well it takes time to get them, at the least six years. So imagine watering them, feeding them fertilising them, giving them the right amount of light and sun and of course, the cost of the land.
Oh don’t forget the cost of labour. So yes, all of that adds up to a significant amount of cost. And if that’s not all, when you start making them into proper bonsais, you’re going to need a decent ceramic pot to dress up your bonsai tree, which as you know, costs a significant amount of money. And then there is the cost of tools and equipment and well, I just mentioned land. Having, if that’s not enough, you’ll eventually or mostly get these trees from the orient so they have to be shipped all the way. So there’s the cost of shipping and the cost of importing them into Europe or the U.K, or even the States or wherever else. But if you intend to do that, then there is the cost of duty or a duty or taxes or whatever else it is that you have to pay.
By the time you’ve got the tree from wherever, it usually ends up costing four times or five times as much as where it was originally imported from. So well, they do cost a lot of money even here in the U.K or especially here in Europe and in the U.K. But remember, people have spent time and energy, love and effort in growing these tress, 6 to 30 years or even more. So I hope you enjoy your bonsai and if you did enjoy this video, don’t forget to share and subscribe, and don’t forget to ask me any questions and I’ll try to answer them in the comments below. Thank you. .