Caring for Bonsai Trees

 caring for bonsai


A bonsai is not a child but it can require as much care as one, nonetheless. Even if you purchase a mature bonsai tree, it will require a certain amount of care in order to grow and thrive. Therefore, you should be committed to learning how to preserve the original form of the tree, as well as recognize symptoms of disease. As you learn more about caring for bonsai from books, Google, experience, or even from a nosy neighbor, you may also decide that you want to train your own from a seedling.


Basic Elements of Bonsai Tree Care


Ever tried your hand at gardening? If you have, then you already know that plants and trees require water, food, and sunlight. Unless the plants have access to natural sources of water, and light, you will need to provide it for them. In a similar way, bonsai trees also require these same elements. Depending on the species of tree, you may have to repot more often, as well as ensure seasonal temperatures match the natural growth cycle of the tree.


Typically, it takes a number of years before a bonsai tree can be trained into its optimal shape. Once this stage is reached, you will still have to take some additional steps to ensure the tree retains its composition and good health. These steps include:


  • selectively pruning newly developing branches and leaves;

  • reducing the number of leaves to keep wood exposed;

  • trimming roots to prevent overgrowth and rot;

  • using wires and other mechanisms to bring emerging branches into harmony with the rest of the tree.


Training and Shaping New Bonsai Trees


Once you are able to care for adult bonsai trees, you may want to try growing one from a seed. In most cases, the initial pruning and training aides that you make use of will determine the final shape of the tree. Even if it takes years for this form to unfold and reveal itself, you will always be able to recognize those first alterations. Therefore, before you start growing a new bonsai tree, it is very important to study different forms, as well as ensure that you understand how to replicate the forms you are most interested in.


Ultimately, you will find as you go along basic level bonsai care that bonsai trees require a bit more work than other plants. Still, who says you can’t enjoy caring for bonsai? Think of caring for bonsai like you would caring for your child. It’s not always easy and sometimes, it can drive you up the wall and make you want to tear your hair out. But it can also be very rewarding. Once you see your bonsai growing healthy and robust, all the hard work and time you spent caring for bonsai will have paid off superbly!


So go ahead, pick out a seed or a grown plant and start caring for bonsai now! Raising and maintaining a bonsai can be an enjoyable hobby. Even if you start off with mature trees, you will quickly develop the skills required to manage more complex growth conditions.

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