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Shopper’s Diary: Mini Bonsai Trees from Dandy Farmer

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Shopper’s Diary: Mini Bonsai Trees from Dandy Farmer

April 11, 2017

Every bonsai tree has its own story. Brooklyn-based modern bonsai studio Dandy Farmer is here to help tell them.

Available online and from time to time at pop-up shops, a tiny trained tree from designers Paul Kierulf and Matthew Puntigam (who trained with a bonsai master in Japan) is a houseplant to love for years; it will live for decades or longer if you take care of it properly. (For tips, see Care at Dandy Farmer.)

Here’s a selection of some of the duo’s one-of-a-kind bonsai trees:

Photography via Dandy Farmer.

Each tree has a distinct personality.
Above: Each tree has a distinct personality.

A medium size (5-inch diameter pot) bonsai, &#8
Above: A medium size (5-inch diameter pot) bonsai, ‘Fred’ the Mugo Pine is $110. Growing tips: ” I’ve been trained into this spiral shape. I prefer full or partial sun locations for optimal health. Open the window or take me out to get fresh air and sunlight from time to time,” says Dandy Farmer.
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Above: A medium size ‘Nolan’ the Canadian Hemlock is $90. Growing tips: “Soft feathery foliage and a sweeping form adds to the grace and character of this hemlock. In spring, chartreuse green needles form at the tips of aged branches, welcoming the new year’s prospects,” says Dandy Farmer.
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Above: Inspired by the shape of an acorn, hand-thrown White ‘Acorn’ Pot from Pennsylvania are available in three sizes; from $26 to $49 depending on size.
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Above: A deciduous species, a medium ‘Kento’ The Lacebark Elm is $90. Growing tips: “Corky bark and naturally small serrated leaves give me a true bonsai look faster than others. I also grow a lot of leaf buds from my trunk, which means I grow quickly, and you get to choose the best branches to keep,” says Dandy Farmer.
For more of our favorite modern bonsai, see:

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