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Bonsai Tree Basics
Gardenia Bonsai - Indoor Bonsai

Bonsai, both indoor and outdoor varieties have become very popular and some are surprisingly easy to grow and maintain. For those of you who might be interested in getting acquainted with this wonderful plant, here are some basics we would like to share.

What is the difference between Indoor or Outdoor Bonsai?
Let’s start with the answer to much asked question, where do I put my bonsai. Many people think that all varieties of bonsai can be kept indoors. Although there are many varieties that can, most are displayed outdoors and really do best when kept outdoors all year long. Most bonsai are seasonal just like their original sized counterpart found in your backyard. Rule of thumb, if the non-dwarfed version of the tree is in your yard, the bonsai counterpart should only be brought indoors for short periods of time or when freezing is a possibility. These temperate-climate bonsai need to undergo the same seasonal changes just like their non-dwarfed cousins. Indoor bonsai are varieties of tropical trees and plants that do well outdoors, but in tropical climates. So, the rule of thumb here is if you live in a freezing northern climate, your tropical bonsai should be kept indoors during periods of cold or imclement weather and all of the winter months. Naturally, tropical trees can only be kept outdoors in tropical climates, but outdoors is where they will grow best. Tropical trees can be kept indoors in temperate climates during winter with extra care and light.

What if I am a Beginner
You must start somewhere and once you do a bonsai collection can be very rewarding. If you live in a temperate climate we suggest a the Chinese elm, a maple or green mound juniper that can be easily raised outdoors. These also adapt well to their surroundings with proper care. If you want and indoor or tropical variety start with a ficus or schefflera that grow well indoors and can tolerate lower light. But even with tropical indoor bonsai exposing them to bright light will help them thrive. is where they will grow best. Tropical trees can be kept indoors in temperate climates during winter with extra care and light.

Watering My Bonsai
Bonsai should be watered when you notice that the top part of the soil in the pot has dryed. Be sure and monitor each plant if you have more than one because each will use water at a different rate. Water each gently when needed.

Bonsai Training
A bonsai needs to be trained since in most cases a bonsai is not a natural miniature of a plant but has been dwarfed by training. The process is detailed and starts with a special pruning to keep the plant small. The steps that following may include additional training, wiring and repotting until the desired result is achieved. If you receive a bonsai that has been trained then all that is needed for some time is trimming of any branches or leaves that do not add to its dwarfed beauty or to maintain its shape.

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Hand Delivered Cookies Gift Basket

Same Day Delivery Cookies and Chocolate Basket

What do you send when you can’t be there? What if you want to make a special impression and the event is soon and you have no time to shop? A gourmet gift basket or a gift of a specialty or gourmet food is always welcomed. If you shop online you have a myriad of great choices offered by your favorite gourmet gift sites. We’re living in a somewhat virtual world and know that family, coworkers, clients and friends may not always be in close proximity. The gift you send must be endearing, appreciated and remind the gift recipient of you, your thoughtfulness and still be appropriate for the occasion. More and more consumers and corporate gift givers are turning to the Internet to close that gap and as a new source for gift ideas. The Internet makes it effortless. But it should also be a stellar experience.

My Fast Basket Company offers a wide variety of stellar gifts, gift baskets, gourmet foods, flowers, bonsai and florist plants suitable celebrating all of life’s special occasions. Gourmet cookies and bakery baskets and affordable cookie bouquets can be found already themed for an occasion or event. Just peruse our wonderful assortment of gift choices such as decadent gourmet but no sugar added cheesecakes and bakery items. Yes, healthy choices are available and include premium fruit baskets, nuts trays and fruit & nut arrangements that make wonderful and thoughtful gifts and are suitable for anyone with special dietary needs. Decadent chocolates is always a good choice and we include selections from Lindt, Godiva, Ghirardelli and many more. You can delight the little tykes with some of selections that Elmo, Spiderman and Dora the Explorer or jungle themed cookies.

When you are really pressed for time consider a hand delivery of a wine basket, or fruit baskets. Some can be customized with a Mylar Balloon or chocolates and a teddy bear. Hand delivery can in most areas be scheduled for the same day and often saves a bundle common carrier overnight shipping.

At My Fast Basket Company we offer our guarantee of product excellence and stellar service. We thank you for visiting and invite you to visit us often. We hope you enjoy our stellar gifts and recommendations from the Gift Guru.

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A Romantic Spa Retreat at Home
Anniversary Retreat Spa Gift Basket

Can’t get away for a romantic weekend? Create your own couples spa weekend away right in the comfort of your own home. We provide all the essentials in our luxurious Couples Weekend Retreat Gift Basket. Yes, you can spend that romantic weekend with someone you love! This kit has everything you need for a truly divine experience including Spa Robes, Godiva Chocolates, a candle, romantic music and massage stones with massage instruction. This makes the perfect couples gift for Valentine’s Day, an Anniversary weekend or special Birthday retreat.

To make the weekend even more special and relaxing try this inexpensive Warm Rose and Clove De-Stressing Bath. Here’s the recipe to try:

Warm Rose and Clove De-Stressing Bath
Ingredients:
1 cup Fresh Rose Petals
1/2 cup Epsom Salt
1/4 tsp ground Cloves

Equipment:
You will need a small and medium bowl, a 12″ square of cheesecloth or large coffee filter and a rubber band

Instructions:
Wash rose petals, and gently crush them in a bowl with the cloves. Tie the mixture loosely in a 12″ square of cheesecloth, or in a coffee filter, and secure with a rubber band. Steep sachet for 5 minutes in a bowl of hot water. Meanwhile, fill bath with warm water, and add Epsom Salts. Pour Rose & Clove “tea” in bath and squeeze sachet gently to extract as much as possible. Soak 10 – 15 minutes. Delightful and so fragrant! Roses are very soothing to skin and the scent is known to be relaxing and de-stressing. Cloves are known to be highly antiseptic, and in China are believed to be an aphrodisiac!

Relax and Enjoy your weekend retreat.

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