Welcome to our bonsai tree winter guide!

bonsai tree winter

Hello there!

Welcome to our bonsai tree winter guide!

Obviously you have stopped by to find out what to do with your bonsai during winter?

Good news!

We can help!

So, you may have read basic winter tips throughout the various pages on bonsai care, our 'How To' Guides, our extended guides or our information pages? If so, it's only natural that you would want to investigate further, to really nail your winter techniques.

Lets have a look at the Bonsai tree winter guide!

In starting, it should be said that almost all species of tree requires winter, as a part of it's natural life cycle. As daylight decreases, trees will react accordingly, increasing their resistance to the coming elements. Trees will being to drop leaves (deciduous ones anyway) and trees basically go into a state of dormancy.

.........................................Did you know?

Did you know that trees drop their leaves to preserve their moisture stores?

• Ok, so, the most important point is to respect your tree's need for winter dormancy. Your tree will have it's own internal clock and by bringing your tree inside for protection over winter will actually result in your tree's eventual demise! Think of it like a human going without sleep for a week..... eventually you'll become quite sick and then........ death. Unless of course you're Charlie Sheen, but they are yet to find a Charlie Sheen species of bonsai! Your tree's survival throughout winter is referred to as overwintering

• If you have a tree that requires cold winters, but you live in an area with mild winters, it will be hard to provide adequate dormancy. You will get away with it, but your tree would perform better in colder climates

• Basically, the ideal bonsai tree winter temperatures for most deciduous and evergreen trees range between -5°C to 10°C. any colder, you run the risk of root freeze, any warmer, you run the risk of a non-dormant winter

• Aim to leave your bonsai to have an authentic bonsai tree winter experience! You want to protect your tree from extremes, such as extended periods of sub-zero temperatures. If the temperatures drop below zero for more than 48 hours, protect your tree by moving into a greenhouse or shed, where the temperature will be a few degrees warmer, but only until temperatures rise a few degrees

• The bonsai tree winter experience for your tropical trees will be fairly different than that of temperate trees. Unless you live in a tropical location, near the equator, you will most likely need to bring your tree inside during winter. Tropical trees require less wintering and will grow easily in temperatures over 18°C. In areas lower than this temperature, you will need to bring your tree indoors

• Never allow your bonsai to heat up during winter - this could snap your tree out of dormancy, and we don't want that!

• Do not allow your bonsai's soil to dry out, or become too wet. Water needs are much lower during winter!

• Watch for insects and disease during winter. As soon as Spring hits, everything explodes! One pest could turn into a full-blown infection!

• Try and keep your tree away from sunshine - shade is best. Again, sun could wake your tree from it's dormancy and destroy the overwintering bonsai tree winter experience!

• Protect from storms and high winds - again in a greenhouse or shed!

Leave our bonsai tree winter guide and head back to Bonsai Care Part 2!