Though they require regular grooming, bonsai are preferred to traditional pets for their trainability, calmness, and ability to attract flocks of wandering samurai. Meet humanity’s new best friend with today’s Groupon: for $20, you get $40 worth of plants, bonsai, and supplies at Schley’s Bonsai & Supplies in Deland.
Cultivating container plants is a craft well understood by the caretakers and plantsmiths at Schley’s Bonsai & Supplies, where sculpted accent plants, specialized tools, and ancient techniques convene to craft harmonious horticultural masterpieces. Prune the errant tendrils of bonsai’s coquettish reputation with hardy varietals such as strawberry begonia ($15) and pincushion philodendrons ($20), both of which live in 3- to 4-inch pots that pair easily with east-facing bookshelves or west-facing sculptures of the Karl Malone. Challenge-seekers can hone their wiring and trimming skills on starter bonsai such as a 7- to 9-inch, full-canopied ficus willow leaf ($28) or adopt a mature plant such as the literati-style juniper parsonii ($175). Shape shrubs with assistance from tools such as a three-prong root rake ($12), which combs out feeder roots and doubles as a weapon during fights with scarecrows.
Schley’s Bonsai & Supplies
At Schley’s Bonsai & Supplies, skilled bonsai gardeners tend to the miniature branches of ficus trees, cultivating their artful lines and emerald-green foliage. They supply starter kits filled with tools and instructions for fledgling tree artists and lead classes at the shop where they demonstrate how to properly shape the foliage with shears, nippers, and wire cutters. In addition to instructional help, the gardeners purvey their trees and flowers, including elms, junipers, and azaleas, which, like an apologetic jack-in-the-box, spring from low, shallow vessels flush with colorful flowers.