Are Bonsai trees hard to care for?

Posted by Bob Verlaat on

When most people hear of Bonsai trees, the first thing that comes up in their mind is that they require a lot of care and effort. Let us clear this misconception for you. Bonsais are not as complicated as they seem. However, they do require primary care. In fact, a few tips and tricks can help you grow a healthy, thriving bonsai in no time.

This article will analyze different factors required for bonsai cultivation and conclude whether or not bonsais are high-maintenance plants and are worth all the hassle.

Choosing the right specie

Many types of trees make good bonsais. However, it is essential to note that not all of them are beginner-friendly. Choosing easy to care for species is one of the main factors that make bonsai cultivation a hassle-free job. Easy-to-care bonsais include Ficus Bonsai, Carmona Bonsai, and Chinese Elm. These trees grow well indoors and are tolerant in terms of abnormal conditions.  

On the other hand, choosing a problematic species to transform into a bonsai will require more care and effort. For instance, Pine trees have to be observed throughout their growth period, after which they can be cultivated into a bonsai.

Considering Light 

An average bonsai requires at least 8 hours of light in a day. Your bonsais will thrive in proper sunlight if you have an outdoor setting. However, if you plan to keep your bonsai tree indoors, you might have to arrange artificial lighting, which can be a hassle. Insufficient light may cause your bonsai to suffer in terms of growth and appearance.

Considering Temperature 

It is essential to understand that each bonsai species requires different temperature levels for optimum growth. You may have to carry out extensive research regarding the optimum temperature for your bonsai. Moreover, it is also essential to consider that it might be tough to maintain a constant temperature for your bonsai. However, for outdoor bonsais, you don't have to think a lot about temperature. 

Fertilization and watering 

If you have a weak bonsai, you'd have to fertilize it throughout the year till it regains its form. An average requires as much fertilization as a standard tree.

Observing when to water your tree can be a tough job. Overwatering or underwatering both can be terrible for your bonsai. It is important to carefully determine the quantity of water that your bonsai needs along with the frequency. Preparing a schedule and time slots to water your plant is the best you could do for your bonsai.

Bottom Line

Taking care of your bonsai requires determination and patience. We would not say a bonsai requires a lot of hard work, but it sure does require time and primary care. Bonsai cultivation works with a lot of experimentation especially if you are a beginner. Slowly and gradually, once you consider the critical factors we have listed above, you will be able to grow a healthy and thriving bonsai. After all, the beauty is worth your time and patience! 

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