I know it seems odd to anyone who has grown bonsai for any length of time but outside that circle there are people who log on to Ebay and come across this interesting specimen the
Blue Japanese Maple Bonsai Acer Seeds Rare Unusual Stunning Garden Plant
the seeds of which can be purchased for £2.49 and it seems that over 800 packs of them have been sold.
NO SUCH VARIETY EXISTS !
Nor does this one the Pink Version
As you can see both photos are of the same tree recoloured by a Photoshop or similar graphics programme. The actual tree belonged to reputable bonsai enthusiast Ken Norman who said that it never even produced seeds.
It really annoys me that these packs are probably bought by newcomers to bonsai and quite possibly for children to get them interested and though the cost may be modest the sum involved is now getting larger as the vendor has added various other weirdly coloured plants and trees to their online shop. Complaints have I am told been made to Ebay but nothing has happened.
Other vendors are on the other side of the world, China ,Hong Kong etc and little can be done but this one in particular according to their Ebay is based in the Bristol area.
So to draw attention to what I can only call a fraud I have written to Trading Standards in Bristol a letter that can be viewed by this link Bonsai Fraud
If they take any notice I will let you know.
It would be nice if the pathway that is Bonsai was a straight path not a crooked one.