Cultivated for centuries, Bonsai trees are one of the easiest and most satisfying trees for homesteaders to cultivate. Because they are small, many no bigger than the palm of your hand, they require little space and can be easily grown on the patio or in a greenhouse.
Another benefit is that Bonsai trees sell well year around. Although any tree can be pruned and shaped to be a Bonsai tree, most growers have the best luck with hardy evergreens.
If you have patience, many Bonsai trees can be started from wild harvested seeds.
Every year, more and more people move to the city, where yards are much smaller, or even just a condo balcony. Gardeners adapt by learning to grow in smaller spaces and finding smaller plants to grow. Bonsai trees are the ultimate small plant, considering a sixty foot tall tree in nature may be just eighteen inches high trained in a bonsai pot. Urban growth has fueled increased demand for these tiny trees, and sales of bonsai trees, pots and tools is booming.
As a result, there is money to be made in the bonsai business, both in local sales and on the internet at sites like eBay. Many successful growers never meet their customers except online, while other growers still enjoy showing their bonsai collection in person or at bonsai shows.
A backyard bonsai nursery can have hundreds of trees in a very small space. One Utah grower has a collection of over 1,200 bonsai trees in a tiny backyard measuring just 40 by 50 feet. Compare that to a conventional tree nursery, where the same number of trees could easily fill an acre. This is making natur lovers show intrest on Bonsai trees.