Bonsai plants care. Your quick guide to easy Bonsai health!
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So.......... do you own a bonsai? Maybe 2 or 3? Whether you are a veteran or beginner you obviously understand the need for sufficient bonsai care, and we have a quick bonsai plants care guide to help you!
Bonsai plants care can be easy, or tough, the choice is completely yours!
The most important things to consider will be listed below, but, you must ensure that you are willing to create a seasonal regime that will utilise the seasonal strengths of your specific tree. By this, we mean picking the right season in your country to perform specific tasks, such as the often confusing pruning, repotting and light provision.......
As an example, if you own a wintery tree such as a Maple, you will find bonsai plants care easier, and you will want to utilise the beautiful array of colours in Autumn by careful pruning at the start of Spring, and sometimes, defoliation (removal of the all foliage, promoting smaller leaf growth the following year).
A simple bonsai plants care guide for you.......
1. All Bonsai require sufficient light. Ensure you know your tree and it's specific needs and are providing the right light conditions. There is a specific difference between indoor bonsai and outdoor, and often your country of residence will predict which species you can realistically work with. As a rule of thumb most outdoor trees dislike full summer sun in large doses. This is particularly important when switching from Spring to summer as temperatures rise. The reverse is true in Winter, where you must avoid cold extremes. Use shelter for both situations!
2. Water is the lifeblood of your bonsai. If you under-water or over-water your tree will die, plain and simple. Too much water will waterlog your tree and decay the roots, promoting disease and pest infiltration. Reverse osmosis will occur and your tree will slowly degenerate. Under-watering will starve your tree causing death! Ensure you maintain a daily watering regime, either in the evening or early morning. Never water your tree in full sunlight, and water twice a day in Summer, as a rough guide.
3. Feed your tree with a fertiliser. We won't go into when and how here, as it varies for each plant. Refer to our guide on this for more information, or our specific tree guides for information on fertilising a specific tree!
4. Ensure you prune your tree at the start of the growing season (Spring-Summer). Pruning is a necessity for tree health and will keep your bonsai looking vigorous and attractive. Prune branches with pruning tools and pinch new buds with your thumb and forefinger, removing them from the tree entirely. You must ensure you know how you want your tree to look and be vigilant about pinching new growth as it appears. Also you will want to remove withered and unattractive growth before it dies
5. Wire your tree as necessary throughout Winter or Spring, depending on the species and the desired outcome. Effective wiring utilises pressure to slowly train branches into shape, but watch for wire marks on branches. you don't want the wire to eat into a branch for too long. Use raffica or wire loosely, allowing the branch to grow into it
6. Repot your tree every 2-3 years, as a rough guide. Again, this depends on the species but most require repots in this time period. Repot by removing around a third of it's roots and placing in a new pot with fresh soil
7. Watch for pests and diseases. Good bonsai plants care requires you, from time to time, to dabble in doctor-ness. If your tree is looking unhealthy, look for hallmarks of specific problems. This can include white fungal growth, little critters on the leaves and branches, decaying leaf matter in the soil, or any other types of growth.
So........ the above list is a general bonsai plants care guide that should see the part-time 'Bonsai-er' on the road to success and beautiful artistry. If you take bonsai a little more seriously, you should be sure to check out or guides and equip yourself with the knowledge to become a bonsai master.
It's all pretty easy and straight forward, just never forget to water, and don't leave your little tree in the sun or sub-zero temperatures for extended periods of time - these are the 2 most important care tips!
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