Essential Tips to take care of your bonsai tree

Posted by Bob Verlaat on

Bonsai trees are not just any ordinary trees. There are unique in their own way. However, taking care of them is not nearly as challenging as it may seem. Although taking care of a bonsai may be a little complex than an average plant, it's all about mastering a few essential tips and tricks. Here we have listed a few tips regarding watering, placement, soil and fertilization and, repotting for growing an everlasting bonsai plant. 

1. Watering

One of the biggest myths regarding bonsais is that all trees require equal water through a fixed schedule. Remember, the amount of water needed for your bonsai varies due to many factors. Climate, pot kind, species and seasons can affect the amount of water the plant needs. Monitoring the plant's soil by using the following methods can help determine the amount of water needed for your bonsai.

2. Finger method 

Put your finger through the soil (2 inches). If the soil feels dry, your tree needs water.

3. Stick method

Poke a stick 1 inch through the soil and leave it for 10 minutes. If the stick comes out dry without dirt stuck on its sides, your plant needs water.

4. Moisture meter

Insert a moisture meter near the root ball of the plant. If the number displayed on the meter is low, water your plant.

5. Placement

The right conditions can help you grow a healthy bonsai. Bonsais grow best in bright sunlight. Be it indoor or outdoor, you cannot compromise on the light. Natural sunlight or artificial lighting can do the job. Moreover, when it comes to choosing the right spot to place your bonsai, outdoor is ideal for most bonsai species if the weather conditions of your region are moderate. Otherwise, many bonsai species cannot endure extreme weather conditions. 

6. Soil and Fertilization 

The soil of your bonsai is one of the most critical components to grow a healthy plant. Creating or buying suitable soil with akadama, pumice, compost and lava rock chips will help provide your bonsai with oxygen, nutrients, drainage and water retention. Moreover, giving your bonsai the right fertilizer is essential for ideal growth. We recommend you use urea free fertilizers every time you water your bonsai to eliminate dosage guesswork. The gentler the fertilizer, the better it is for your tree! However, it is essential to note that how often you fertilize your bonsai depends on your species. 

7. Repotting

It is pretty evident that your bonsai would need to be repotted if you want your tree to grow an extensive root network. The best time to repot your bonsai is during the spring season since your tree is already transferring energy from its roots to new leaves. Once roots are visible over the soil, your bonsai is ready to be repotted. It is important to note that repotting in the winter may cause your bonsai damage because it stores all its energy its roots and is dormant at that time of the year. 

By using our tips and tricks you can easily grow a healthy thriving bonsai today!

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