Bonsai are often regarded as beautiful but expensive and hard to care for plants that are better left in the hands of experienced enthusiasts.
But actually, nothing could be further from the truth, as these wonderful miniature trees are quite unpretentious contemporaries, given that some basic rules, which we will explain here, are followed.
So, if you are planning to have one in your own home, then please keep on reading!
What is a Bonsai?
Being a true plant addict, surely you have been melting away when laying your eyes on those tiny trees, which are even capable of producing flowers and fruits when they feel truly loved and well taken care of.
Surely you know already that the term Bonsai doesn’t refer to a specific plant itself, but to the technique of turning a conventional tree into a miniature. In practice, any seedling can be subjected to the technique, which basically means cutting about two thirds of the root in order to contain growth and continued pruning to maintain the desired shape.
What to watch out for when buying a Bonsai?
When buying a Bonsai, it is important to opt for a specialized store to ensure that the tree is actually a true and healthy miniature tree. There are some vendors working with pines or conifers that, even when they are already dead, remain looking alive for some time. So, make sure to watch closely if there are dried, wilted or yellowish leaves in the vase or insects present. A Bonsai should also be firm in the ground without swinging around.
How to water a Bonsai?
Bonsai should be watered only when the potting soil is almost completely dry. It is important, however, to put water throughout the pot to ensure that it actually reaches the roots. After a few minutes, water again until the water drains out of the drain holes. Do not put any kind of tray that collects water underneath the pot. If you want the watering process really easy and foolproof, then maybe a Bonsai coming in an easy-care pot like this one might be the perfect choice for you. From time to time, especially on hot days, spray some water on the branches and leaves to improve the moisture of the plant.
How to prune a Bonsai?
On average, you should prune the crown and branches every three to six months. This helps to maintain the original shape of the Bonsai tree. The pruning should be done with a special pair of scissors which should be always very sharp. You can find them easily in stores that are specialized in gardening materials. Every three years, it is also important to prune the roots of small Bonsai trees too. With larger examples, this has to be done roughly every ten years.