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How Hard Is It To Grow A Bonsai Tree?

When you are new to the world of horticulture, you are probably amazed at just how fascinating this pastime can be. There are so many different varieties of plants and trees that it could take several lifetimes just to get through it all.

One particularly fascinating example would be the Bonsai Tree. First of all, the Bonsai tree doesn’t refer to just a plant, but this is an art form that has been cultivated for several centuries. The main purpose of the Bonsai is to create a miniaturized tree that is cultivated to grow in a small container and is designed to appear like a much larger tree.

Bonsai trees were originally called dwarf potted trees, and this is a tradition that dates back to a thousand years or more. Indeed, the earliest known reference to a Bonsai creation was in a Medieval art scroll from the year 1195. If you are interested in this discipline, then there is a lot you need to know about it.

Keep these considerations in mind:

There are many different types of Bonsai trees and they have several different scientific names. Examples such as the Ginseng Ficus, Oriental Ficus, Brush Cherry, Chinese Elm, Norfolk Island and a multitude of others all indicate an endless amount of choices for you to consider. When it comes to scientific names, Bonsai families such as the Vervain family, the Bromeliad family, the Cedar, the “prunus” variety, and the “Succulents”
variety and many others are all categories that have been delineated by scientists.

Appropriately caring for Bonsai trees is a must. One of the things that you will quickly learn is that the Bonsai can be a very delicate plant! However, as long as you know the basics, you will be able to properly maintain the plant and keep it healthy for as long as possible. Here are some things you need to know:

Watering Your Bonsai

There are many factors that go into watering your Bonsai tree appropriately. The first thing you should do as a beginner is to thoroughly observe each of your trees INDIVIDUALLY before you water them. Avoid watering your Bonsai trees at a set routine. Instead, you should only water your Bonsai trees when you notice their soil has a slight dryness to them. Additionally, you should incorporate a soil mixture that holds in more water and use a watering tool that consists of a fine nozzle.

Fertilizing Your Bonsai

When fertilizing your Bonsai tree, it’s all about Nitrogen! The quantity depends on the season and there is a rating that you will need to pay attention to. Generally, a high NPK rating of 10:6:6 should be utilized in the spring, a balanced NPK rating of 6:6:6 should be considered in summer, and a lower NPK rating of 3:6:6 should be used in the fall. Of course, these guidelines only apply to outside Bonsai trees. An inside example will generally only required the balanced NPK fertilizer, but it will be used year-round. Many Bonsai enthusiasts swear by the Biogold brand for their fertilizer.

Pruning Your Bonsai

When it comes to pruning, you must keep the following goals in mind: you want to ensure that your tree always emulates a fully-grown and lifesize version and you want your Bonsai to be healthy and have as much eye appeal as possible. Usually, the best time to prune your Bonsai tree is when it is showing signs of new growth. This is the perfect time to begin styling your bonsai.

Wiring Your Bonsai

Bonsai tree enthusiasts use the wiring method to reposition the branches. This practice can be done on a year-round basis for Bonsai tree species. You can use either annealed copper wire or aluminum wire. You can easily find bonsai wiring supplies on amazon.

Repotting Your Bonsai Tree.

Repotting is important in order to keep your Bonsai growing correctly. Of course, this all begs the question, how frequently do you have to repot your plant? It depends on the size of the pot and the species of the tree. Species that are younger have a tendency to grow faster, thus they will need to be repotted often even once a year. A good rule of thumb is to simply check and see how the roots of the tree are holding up. If they are starting to wrap around the soil, it is time to repBonsai ot your tree.

Bonsai Pests

Finally, there are pests we have to contend with. Aphids are the biggest problem as they can eat away at the underside of the tree. However, simply spraying them off with a hose or placing lacewing larvae will remove all of these aphids.

Keeping all of this information in mind is sure to help you have a Bonsai tree that lives and prospers for a long time.

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Your First Bonsai Tree: A Few Things To Consider


Starting your first bonsai tree is the first step of a satisfying process for a beginning grower.
The amount of effort you can put into growing your bonsai, whether you will grow it inside or
outdoors, and the maturity of your first tree are three important things you will want to
consider as you plan to cultivate your first tree.

  1. How much effort do you want to put in?
    Think about how much time you have to spend on the basic care of your growing plant. You
    will want to allow sufficient time for mindful and frequent observation of your tree. Keeping
    a bonsai healthy means keeping an eye on a few key things.
    Since the tree grows in a shallow dish, the soil can dry out fast. You will need to monitor
    the soil regularly to maintain proper moisture.
    As you get to know your bonsai, you’ll need to monitor its health. Through close and
    careful observation of the tree, you’ll learn to spot any scars or blemishes on the skin that
    require your attention. You will need to spend time making careful corrective actions, such
    as repositioning branches or wire.
    As a beginner, you’ll be eager to spend more time on the process as you watch your bonsai
    respond to your care, so make sure you allow for plenty.
  2. Will you be growing Indoor or outdoor bonsai?
    Are you going to grow an indoor or outdoor bonsai? Knowing the true difference between
    the two is helpful, as many people have a misconception as to what the terms really mean.
    Indoor trees.
    Typically, an indoor bonsai means a more tropical species that will likely require certain
    adjustments to the environment in order to do well. You’ll want to consider this when it
    comes to selecting the right indoor plant for you. Tropical bonsai need intense light for
    a significant number of hours each day, so where you place the container is an
    important factor. A bright spot near a southward-facing spot is ideal. But even in areas
    with a sunny, southern exposure, artificial light is often needed to bring the intensity up
    to sufficient levels for bonsai to thrive. It probably goes without saying that tropical
    plants need warmer temperatures, as well, so adjusting heating conditions will be
    essential.
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    Ficus, Jade and Fukien Tea trees are a few examples of popular indoor bonsai, but there
    are many more.

Learn more about indoor bonsai trees [INSERT LINK to read more on our “indoor bonsai
page”}.

Outdoor trees:
Temperate trees that go through a yearly growth cycle and require a dormancy period in
order to prepare for those cycles are outdoor trees. Be sure to consider the conditions
where you live in order to choose a bonsai that can thrive in that particular environment.
Certain varieties have sensitivities to intense heat or light; others shouldn’t be subjected to
frost conditions. Be sure to read up and understand what outdoor bonsai will do best in the
climate where you live.
Some examples of outdoor bonsai include gardenia, Chinese elm and dawn redwood. Learn
more about outside bonsai here. [INSERT LINK to read more on our “outdoor bonsai
page”}.

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  1. What are you going to start with?
    Now that you know what type of bonsai you wish to grow, you can choose the form or level
    and maturity level of the beginner tree that you are going to work with. Think about the
    level of effort you are going to dedicate to the process as you decide. There are a handful
    of options for starting a bonsai – three to be exact.
     You might begin with a pre-made bonsai scape
    A pre-made bonsai scape is a pre-potted tree in a container-garden environment, such
    as you might find in a nursery or flower shop. The plant is already aesthetically arranged
    in the pot and soil mediums in which it is intended to initially live. The shaping process
    has already been started and the tree has already been partially trained. As the new
    owner, you will take over this process, continuing to shape and direct the bonsai as it
    matures.
    Your pre-made bonsai scape will continue to develop as you continue to sculpt and care
    for it. There may be an advantage to working with a tree that is already accustomed to
    being pruned and tied. But a new bonsai gardener might want the learning experience
    of participating in the training process. Keep that in mind when choosing your starter
    material.

Learn more about pre-made bonsai scapes here [INSERT LINK to read more on our “pre-
made bonsai scapes page”}.
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 Another starter option is a pre-bonsai tree
Pre-bonsai is a young tree that’s already growing and ready to train. Part of your job
will be to give this young tree a new home, in an appropriate shallow container and soil
medium. As its first and primary trainer, your care and devotion is critical to the
development of the young tree, as well as to the development of your skill and ability as
a bonsai grower. Click {insert link to “pre made bonsai scape page} to learn more about
growing prebonsai.
Make sure you have the proper materials and techniques for sculpting and positioning
your plant, which will involve three basic things: pruning, wiring and repotting. Click the
links to learn more about caring for your bonsai. [LINKS]

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 Your third starter option is to begin your bonsai tree from seed.
Growing a tree from seed to shoot to a tree that is ready to form and train as
bonsai is a longer and more involved process than the previous options that are
mentioned. As a beginner, this is where the learning curve will be at its greatest,
as the steps involved in raising a tree from a seed require a greater length of
time and know-how. All of this must occur before getting to the process of
sculpting the actual tree. Study up on the process before getting started. You
can learn more here trees [INSERT LINK to read more on our “pre bonsai scape
page”}.
As you know, bonsai is a process and a journey, rather than a destination. It
takes take a few years to successfully grow a seed into a tree that you can sculpt,
and the growth is part of the process. [INSERT LINK to read more on our
“premade bonsai page”}. In the meantime, you can make sure that your
fundamental knowledge of the art is solid. Learn more about growing and
nurturing a bonsai here. [insert LINK)

Whether you choose to grow an indoor or outdoor bonsai, and whether you
start with a premade bonsai scape, a starter tree, or to grow a tree from seed,
there is so much you can learn and gain from caring for a bonsai.