How to Grow a Cannabis Bonsai Tree

How to Grow a Cannabis Bonsai Tree

Cannabis Bonsai Tree

Marijuana bonsai trees are real. They’re not a myth. You can grow a Bonsai ganja tree to soothe your soul and make you happy and high. Check it out.

In the never-ending quest to produce the best buds around, growers have developed several strategies to optimise their cannabis grow. One of these strategies is the growth and maintenance of cannabis bonsai trees.

Similarly to regular bonsai trees, cannabis bonsais are miniature plants that never really grow beyond a number of centimetres. These plants provide growers with an effective source of clone clippings, without taking up too much space or requiring too many resources. And best of all, they are quite easy to set up and maintain.

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Contrary to popular belief, “bonsai” doesn’t refer to a specific species of tree. Rather, it’s a way to grow and shape a tree. It’s a well-known Japanese art form of designing a very small tree to closely resemble its much larger counterpart in the wild. These trees are almost always grown in a container and any type of tree can be a bonsai. However, some are easier to train and style than others. 

You can grow your own bonsai with seeds or a small cutting. Curiously, most people opt for a tree from a nursery. This is likely because it is easier. Growing and shaping a bonsai tree isn’t necessarily difficult, either. It’s just a matter of putting in the time and the patience it requires. For some trees, it may take years to achieve the style you’re looking for. 

The three most common types of bonsai are slanted, formal, and informal. Using simple techniques like pruning and wiring, you can bend branches to grow in a particular shape while keeping the tree miniature. Through careful and creative planning, you can produce an aesthetically pleasing bonsai tree. For many, this can be a fulfilling and even a zen-Sh practice. Following long-term commitment to the tree, some even begin to think of their bonsais like family.

Cannabis Bonsai Tree


Always get quality seeds. If you’re going to create a mother plant and want her to remain in the vegetative phase of her life, you’d better get yourself some solid, tough genes to work with. Try different strains if you like, but look for fast growers with high stress tolerance. Sativa-dominant hybrids  tend to do well, but go and see what works for you. Oh yes, to prevent disappointment: as you’re letting your budsai reveg, it can’t go into the flowering stage. That means no bud for you to harvest. Grow some extra weed beside your budsai if you want bud!


The primary reason why people grow canna-bonsai trees is to produce clone clippings. Because each mother plant remains small, cannabis bonsais takes up much less space than a full-grown mother plant.

If you are working with few plants and limited space, bonsai trees can be a real space-saver. However, the utility of these plants really becomes apparent in larger cannabis gardens where several canna-bonsai mothers can provide a huge variety of genetics for the entire garden. Creating and maintaining several small mother plants to use for clone clippings is a great way to maintain diversity in your cannabis garden without having to rely on seeds.

How to grow a cannabis bonsai tree from scratch

In order to cultivate your own canna-bonsai, you’ll be needing a couple of things:

  • A young cannabis plant in a pot (here’s how to grow it indoors)
  • Electric drill
  • Plastic-covered wire (or gardening twine)
  • A wooden stake (don’t worry, there are no vampires involved)

Start by drilling numerous holes from all sides of the pot, and through them you’ll be running the wire (or twine, depending on your personal preference) to suspend the branches of your canna-bonsai in any desired direction.

Double check that the holes you’ve drilled are wide enough for the wire or twine, so you don’t have to waste any time broadening them afterwards.

Trunk Training

Cannabis Bonsai Tree

The most important aspect to get your cannabis plant looking like a bonsai tree is to stick a wooden stake next to the trunk.

You’ll use the stake to position the trunk in any direction you wish, which will give your plant that unusual exotic appearance.

To avoid any possible root damage, very gently press the wooden stake down into the soil alongside the trunk of your plant, and once you’ve wrapped the trunk the way you wanted to, tie it with wire or twine to one of the nearest holes that you’ve previously drilled in the pot.

Make sure you don’t tie the trunk with too much force, and always leave some extra room for the trunk to expand in size.

Removing growth

Despite the training methods applied to your cannabis bonsai, it’s most likely it will grow bigger than you anticipated or wanted to so it’ll come the time when you’ll have to prune it, aka remove some leaves and even some branches.

Pruning mostly serves to give your cannabis plant that unique bonsai look but will also allow air to flow in between the branches (and eventually buds) which prevents mold and bugs so it’s important to do it correctly.

When pruning, make sure you only remove the new offshoot branches (the branches that grow from the main branches), it’s important you don’t remove the main ones because this will stress your plant and stunt growth.

Reaping the rewards

As said before, growing a bonsai cannabis plant isn’t ideal for those who want to get big harvests (obviously) but despite being small, your cannabis bonsai will flower so once your plant is ready, it’s time for harvest.

Cannabis Bonsai Tree

Now, if you’re not a cannabis consumer or you don’t want to kill your plant, you can leave it be for quite some time but your plant will eventually turn into a male in an attempt to produce seeds so it’s better to harvest, dry, cure, and smoke your buds before this happens.

In Conclusion

Despite not being the best idea for people growing their medicine, a cannabis bonsai is a great way to acquire knowledge on plant training while growing beautiful bonsais that will amaze even non-cannabis consumers; A time consuming yet rewarding hobby suited for all growers.

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