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1131 Pepper Dr.
El Cajon, CA 92021

Phone: (619) 258-0469
32.821340, -116.943072

Dog-Friendly: No    Kid-Friendly: Yes


Wed-Thurs & Sat-Sun 9am-4pm


From their website: "Thank you so much for stopping by our website. We are very proud to be the only full service bonsai nursery in San Diego County. We specialize in California native plants and water wise plants from Australia and South Africa.These trees make excellent bonsai and do really well in our southwestern climate.

You will also find your favorite bonsai plant types like pine, Juniper, Elm, fruiting and flowering trees. We look forward to meeting and serving you. Good luck with your bonsai growing adventures. We appreciate each and every one of our customers and strive to give each of you our undivided attention to your specific needs.

Some of what we can offer you include:

-Bonsai trees- from very tiny to very large, from very young to very old, from very styled and finished to very raw and ready to be styled.

-Bonsai pots- large and interesting selection to choose from Chinese, Japanese and American potters.

  • Instruction classes- for your instruction and enjoyment. We offer a bonsai study group for all levels .Please... call, email or stop by to set-up a class schedule that fits your needs and schedule. We also have information on several clubs / study groups you may be interested in."

Personal Experience: I had a great time here. Don't be confused when your gps takes you to a residential home like I was. This is a home-run business. Just park and head to the backyard. There are endless bonsai options here, each one tied in with its own unique story. They have some great connections here, providing bonsai's for the Japanese Friendship Garden as well as the Wild Animal Park, amongst many other places. Cindy, the owner, is a real gem. I would love to come back and just chat and laugh with her one day. Such a neat lady.

You will walk through this. Their nursery is in their backyard:

It was funny. We were taking a photo of the broken piece of glass shown above when the owner, Cindy, said "Why not take a shot of a bigger piece?" She then moves this piece of tarp to reveal a completely broken window that someone ran into! 😛

I learned something ground-breaking this day (well, ground-breaking by my standards at least).Shown below are grape-sized fruits from a perssimon tree that also produces regular-sized fruits. These small fruits too are persimmons but from what she called the understock. Usually you are supposed to remove the understock but she kept it leaving these absolutely DELICIOUS, tiny persimmon fruits! She said you can do this to any fruit tree and create different-sized fruits on the same tree! WOW!


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  • Penelope Hebrew
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    I have little worms coming out the bottom of my bonsai planter which is planted in pumice. I cought this in September 2016 i La Jolla California. Should I make an attemppt to get rid of the worms?

    January 13, 2017

  • Anonymous
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    I think the ‘tasty fruits’ are Chinese gooseberries.

    June 22, 2017

  • Anonymous
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    Oh Cindy is amazing! I bought a very cute little 40 years old Jade Bonsai tree from her. It was so much fun to walk through her garden and learn something about each plant Cindy showed me. Such a unique place.

    December 14, 2019

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