Thursday, January 31, 2013

The Soothing Company - Bonsai Tree Review

Life's busy.  If it's not work or errands, it's chores or keeping up with the kids.  We could all use a little comfort and soothing at times.  The Soothing Company offers hundreds of soothing products for your home and office on their website. They offer everything from outdoor wall fountains to bonsai trees to bean bag sofas, turning your home or office into a sanctuary.

When I was a teen, the Karate Kid movies changed me in two ways.  For one, I knew that I was destined to marry Ralph Macchio.  For another, I swore I'd own a bonsai tree someday.  While the dream of marrying Ralph never came true, the one of owning a bonsai tree did.  The Soothing Company sent me a Dwarf Jade Indoor Bonsai Tree for review and I immediately had visions of pruning and growing it until it was ready to be planted on the side of a cliff.  Realistically, I'm sure that will never happen but I've already taken pride in nurturing and caring for the live greenery.

The bonsai tree arrived in a large box, nestled in a liberal amount of packing peanuts.  On the plus side, it ensured the bonsai tree stayed in tact during transit.  On the con side, I had an umpteen amount of packing peanuts to sort through in order to get the bonsai tree out of the box.  The bonsai tree arrived already in place, with a planter and soil.  All I had to do was take it out of the box and place it in an area of my home and start tending to it.   

The bonsai tree came with care instructions on how to take care of it.  The main points are to place it near south or west facing windows and water it often.  It will need to be repotted every four to five years, and will require periodic pruning.  I don't have much of a green thumb but I'm pretty sure I can follow the guidelines and nurture my tree as needed.  I like the zen-like quality of the bonsai tree in my home and it does, in fact, have a soothing quality to it.

I received product for review.  The opinions within this post are of my own and I was not influenced in any way.  Please do your own research before purchasing products or using services.  Your opinions and results may differ.

9 comments:

Masshole Mommy said...

How cute. I've always wanted a bonsai tree in my house, but with all the clutter from the kids, I just don't know if I'd have a place to put it LOL.

VickeC said...

I had one of those trees years ago an really loved it,it
got damaged in a move,but it had lasted a really long time

Julie Maloney said...

I'd have to have my husband take care of it, he's amazing with plants!

Katy said...

I'm with you, I always wanted a bonsai tree. Maybe I'll get one soon :).

Katy said...

I'm with you, I always wanted a bonsai tree. Maybe I'll get one soon :).

shadowofiris said...

Neat. The pruning is essential if you want it to work:
http://guide.makebonsai.com/how-to-prune-bonsai

I've lived in Japan for almost 20 years. I once had an older neighbor take the time out to show me how they do the pruning.

It really doesn't matter how big the plant gets, the main thing is to not let the branches grow outward, but to cut them at regular intervals. See the link above.

For really large trees the pruning can be as infrequent as once a year.

Have fun!!

Kayla @ TheEclecticElement said...

I, too, have always wanted a Bonsai tree. They're just so COOL! :) I totally forgot there was one in the Karate Kid series.

I certainly hope my black thumb can keep mine alive. It seems straightforward enough, so I'm pretty hopeful. LOL

Nichol said...

I have always wanted one as well. I seem to kill everything I try to grow, so I'm probably not the best to get one quite yet!

Mary said...

It's so pretty and I like that this variety is evergreen. Some people who have them for many years, even put them outside in the summer time, but not where it would get hot sun. Enjoy!