Bonsai Urn Assembly and Planting Instructions
The Bonsai Urn is a portable ‘green’ solution for storing cremains to memorialize your loved ones (people or pets). The information below includes assembly and planting instructions for the Bonsai Urn. The patented growing system inside the ceramic urn allows you to grow a Bonsai Tree or other plant of your choice indoors or outside.
Assuming you purchased or received the Bonsai Urn with the Bonsai Tree option, you should have received a special ‘Voucher Coupon Code’ to order your tree online. Enter this code at tree.bonsaiurn.com to choose your Bonsai Tree and upgrade options. If you did not order a Bonsai Tree with our Bonsai Urn and would like to do so, please visit
tree.bonsaiurn.com/order/ for more details.
Your Bonsai Urn is ready for you to store the cremains of your loved one inside the ‘tray rings’ along with planting your Bonsai Tree or other plant in the center.
The following are some helpful tips on how best to utilize your Bonsai Urn:
Remove the ceramic lids and carefully set to the side.
Remove plastic lids of the two ring trays.
Assuming you are going to plant a Bonsai Tree or other plant, you will want to mix some of the cremains with soil in the smaller, inner tray ring. You will notice that there are vertical slots in both the central planter cylinder and the first inner tray ring along with a fabric barrier. This will keep the soil and ash/cremains separate from the plant’s root ball and allow the roots to slowly grow to penetrate the fabric and be nurtured from the soil/ash mixture. Make sure that the slots are ‘lined up’ before you replace the lids.
We have included a mixing cup and wooden stir stick to help you in this process. If you are using a funeral home, they may have already prepared the cremains and soil inside the ring trays, in which case you can skip this next portion and proceed to planting instructions.
Scoop a cup of the soil provided with your Bonsai Tree from our nursery (or have the proper potting soil to support your own bonsai or plant purchased elsewhere) and pour into the inner small ring tray. Next, scoop a cup of cremains/ash and pour on top of the soil. Using the wooden stick, mix them together. Repeat process until this tray ring is almost full. Replace lid and push into place. We suggest that you mix the soil and ash at a 3 to 1 ratio (1 ½ mixing cups of soil with ½ mixing cup of cremains). The inner tray ring will hold 4 mixing cups (provided with Bonsai Urn) of material (or 8 measuring cups).
You may use the provided cup or other implement to assist you to pour the rest of the ash cremains into the outer tray ring. Once completed, replace the tray lids and push into place. The tray rings are designed to hold about 14 cups of cremains in addition to 2-3 cups of soil mixture, which is average for most people or pets ( up to about 200 pounds).
You may choose to keep some of the cremains separate from the Bonsai Urn to share with other family members, scatter or memorialize your loved ones in an additional manner.
Replace ceramic lid to cover planting assembly inside. Next, remove the outer pot of your Bonsai Tree or plant so that the root ball is exposed. Carefully insert root ball of tree/plant into the opening in the center of the Bonsai Urn lid securely. If the root ball is not wide enough to fill the central potting area, you may want to add a small amount of potting soil around the root ball for a healthy fit.
The Bonsai Urn is designed with ample drainage holes for your regular watering of your Bonsai Tree or plant. Be sure to read the Planting and Watering Instructions provided with your Bonsai Tree from our national nursery affiliate for best practices to care for your Bonsai Tree. The provided Bonsai Trees have been carefully raised for 5 – 15 years by our professional bonsai nursery and should last you for another 25 – 75 years with proper care.
Be careful not to overwater your Bonsai Tree or let it get too dry. Also be sure your Bonsai Tree has the proper amount of natural light by placing close to a window or outside in a protected area. Most Bonsai Trees do not like the cold, so be sure they are not exposed to temperatures below 50 degrees F. You can purchase a grow light online to have the flexibility to place your Bonsai Urn anywhere in your home and experiment with how much time you will need the light to stay on to best support the health of your plant.
You may decide not to plant anything in your Bonsai Urn initially. That is an option, as the porcelain ceramic urn is beautifully designed and includes a small ceramic lid to cover the central opening.
The mixing cup is also designed as a Flower Vase, to fit perfectly into the center of the Bonsai Urn instead of a plant, allowing you to fill the cup with water and add fresh cut flowers to memorialize your loved ones in this traditional manner.
Other options for use of the Bonsai Urn include planting most houseplants or outdoor flowers, plants, cactus, ferns, etc. The only limitation is the size of the opening which fits most standard 3 ¾” diameter pots.
Gardening and caring for any type of growing plant or Bonsai Tree takes careful attention, proper care and nurturing for a long growing success. If at any time, the Bonsai Tree or other plant falters and needs to be replaced, this is a fairly simple process. Carefully remove the Bonsai Tree or plant from the central potting cylinder by pulling SLOWLY upwards. You may need to use a planting spade or sharp implement to cut the roots along the ‘wall’ of the potting area, so as not to disturb the cremains and soil in the ring tray. Next, replace with a new Bonsai Tree or plant, which will again grow and expand the roots into the ring tray mixture of cremains and soil.
If you purchased or received the Bonsai Urn with the Bonsai Tree option, you will find a ‘Bonsai Tree Redemption Code’ (attached in an envelope on top of the carton) to order your tree online. Enter this code at tree.bonsaiurn.com to choose your Bonsai Tree and upgrade options.
If you did not order a Bonsai Tree with your Bonsai Urn and would like to do so, please visit tree.bonsaiurn.com/order/ for more details.
Bonsai Urn Assembly and Planting Instructions
- The following details will help you with storing the cremains and the planting process inside the Bonsai Urn:
Remove the Ceramic Lids from the box and carefully set to the side (A and B)
- Remove plastic lids of the two Ring Trays (C and D)
- Mix a small portion of the Cremains/ash with a growing medium (supplied with our Bonsai Tree) or potting soil in the small Inner Ring Tray (C). Mix a small portion of the Cremains/ash with a growing medium (supplied with our Bonsai Tree) or potting soil in the small Inner Ring Tray (C). You may use the provided clear Mixing Cup and stir stick to assist this process. We suggest scooping one half (1/2) Mixing Cup of cremains and carefully pouring into the Ring Tray, then adding one and one half (1 ½) Mixing Cups of soil. Use stir stick to mix. Repeat process again until inner Ring Tray is almost full.
- Pour remaining ash/cremains into the Outer Ring Tray (D), which should hold the balance of cremains for most people and pets. You may choose to keep a small portion of the cremains to give to other family members or scatter outdoors.
- Replace Ring Tray lids and snap in firmly. Replace large ceramic cover.
- Remove your Bonsai Tree (or other plant) from its original nursery container. Most standard 3 ¾” diameter round pots should fit properly (if too tight, trim the soil and root ball to fit potting cylinder). Carefully insert the Tree into the opening in the potting cylinder (E). You may need to add more soil below the root ball to fill up the planting cylinder. Over time, the roots will expand and grow into the Inner Ring Tray with cremains and soil mixture.
- Water your Bonsai Tree moderately, as Bonsai Trees do not like to be overwatered or dry out. Our Bonsai Trees include a Bonsai Watering and Care Guide. The drainage holes in the Bonsai Urn allow excess water to collect in bottom saucer plate.