Benches and Shelves

You can put together a simple bonsai bench in a matter of minutes. Select a sturdy wooden plank, such as a 2 x 12, and raise it on concrete blocks, bricks, or flat stones. If you use slats (2 x 2's, or 2 x 4's) instead of a single plank, water will drain through the bench.

If you display bonsai on shelves placed against a wall or fence, remember that the heat reflection from light-colored walls can seriously damage bonsai plants in the summer. Make sure these displays are sheltered from direct sun during the warmest part of the day, usually late morning through afternoon.

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