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Potato Bonsai

A friend spotted this neat little kit called "Potato Bonsai" in a store and he thought that I would like it. So he picked it up and saved it for me.

Sure enough. I got a big kick out of it.

It is a borderline hilarious little kit that is very tongue in cheek.


It comes with a booklet of wisdom and care, a little stand, a pair of scissors and a pair of tweezers. Here are some hilarious quotes from the book.

The Bonsai Potato Kit

Enlightenment through the art of bonsai potato:

See the potato, feel the potato, be the potato!

"In this book you will discover that nothing is simpler than cultivating a bonsai potato... It doesn't need soil, fertilizer, sunlight or water.... You will discover that it will literally grow itself! You won't need to spend much time on it. It is a quicker and easier way to enlightenment so you can spend time on important things like enlightenment."


Bonsai Potato Mini Kit

The Art of the Bonsai Potato (Mini Kit)

Instant karma! This tongue-in-cheek kit pokes fun at Western culture's twin desires for inner harmony and instant gratification. A Bonsai Potato grows in about a month. In the meantime, an enclosed facsimile can be displayed with the miniature stand and rocks.


Ok! So the booklet is hilarious and this of course isn't real bonsai but I figured what the heck. I will give it a try.

It takes four to six weeks for a potato to get going with its growing of shoots and I didn't have any potatoes in the cupboard so I put a call out to friends and family members. Sure enough somebody had a nice bunch of potatoes with all kinds of crazy stalks.

Sprouting potatoes


Trim the potato

Let's trim a few down and see what happens.



So! We trimmed some up. Let's keep an eye on them and see what happens.

The potato bonsai




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