If you have decided to start growing a bonsai tree, you must first know the life cycle stage of the tree you want to begin with. Bonsai can be grown from seed, from the bonsai shop, from layers of soil, or from cuttings. If you are just starting, you may want to grow your tree from cuttings.
The first stage of the bonsai tree’s growth cycle (seeding) is the most difficult. Keep in mind that if you start with seeds, you will need to create an ideal environment for the bonsai to live. Therefore, starting from cuttings will be less stressful because the bonsai has already completed the most crucial stage of its life cycle.
Let’s take a look at each strategy in more detail. You can have a very lovely bonsai no matter how you start it.
Grow Bonsai from Seeds
Growing a bonsai from seeds can be similar in many ways to a parent-child relationship. Some experienced bonsai tree designers choose this option because it is the most satisfying for them.
Growing Bonsai by Layering
Another option similar to growing from seeds is to start growing bonsai from land or air layers. This method takes less time than growing from seeds, and you will see your bonsai grow to its full potential quite quickly. During this stage, it is already possible to see the structure of the tree, so the cutting of unnecessary branches will be a simple task.
Growing Bonsai Out of Cuttings
For anyone new to bonsai, growing from cuttings is the easiest way to start, unless you prefer to buy ready-made bonsai at a bonsai nursery. The best part of this option is that the most crucial stage of bonsai cultivation is over. However, it may be difficult to cut the tree unless you know exactly how you want to grow the tree.
Preparing the Cuttings
When making a bonsai cut, it is best to make the cut at the bottom or end of the butt. Cut below the knot and make the cut approximately 3/4 of an inch above the knot. This technique has two purposes. First, that makes it simple for you to distinguish the top of the cut from the bottom of the cut while handling it. It also helps cut in two different ways. Every time the bonsai is cut on the knot, the part of the branch above that knot will die down to the top knot. So if you leave the half leg under the lower knot, it will die anyway. Having this part of the deadwood underground is not a good idea. It is just a place to hide from insects and diseases.
Benefits of Proper Cutting
The cut is made 3/4 inch above the knot so that the 3/4 inch section of the shank above the knot protects the top knot. That prevents the sprouts from being damaged during handling and planting. You can press the pieces without hurting the buds. Rooting the cuttings in this way helps to place the cuttings on top of the angled pieces. That removes water from the end of the cut and helps reduce the chance of the tree getting sick. Once you have made all your cuts, dip the bottom of the pieces into a rooting pot. Make sure you have the right stable root complex for cutting bonsai. Arrange them with equal butt ends and tie them in bundles.
Ensure Regular Watering
Water it regularly, but don’t moisten the soil too much, as it may rot. In a few weeks, the cuttings will begin to emerge. Some may collapse because they don’t have enough roots to support the plant. Others will develop their roots when they come out. By fall, the surviving pieces should be well-rooted. You can plant it as soon as you want, or you can wait until the rainy season.
Spray parts with anti-dry fluids to help root. Pieces will retain moisture if sprayed and dried before cutting. Cuttings should always be taken early in the morning to avoid water stress.