During my visit to China at the beginning of this year, I stumbled across a large bonsai production nursery on the outskirts of Shanghai. I haven’t noticed anything of quality or taste there, but the sheer scale of their production was impressive. Image ‘A’ below shows a raw of 17 hothouses. Images ‘B’ and ‘C’ show how some of them looked inside.
They also had a significant number of larger hothouses, which were not covered with plastic and images below show what was in them.
All plants there were just Podocarpuses, pines, maples and junipers. Images below show some close up shots of individual trees. Nothing special.
Now I know where cheap bonsai come from.