Taking Care of Bonsai Trees
In the past year, I've completely emersed myself in a new hobby, taking care of bonsai trees. It's proved to be an AMAZING outlet for daily stress.
Taking care of bonsai trees really takes you out of your own head and puts you into kind of a meditative state of mind. It's such an anxiety reliever and has really become a passion of mine on the weekends.
On the back deck of my house, I've set up a little bonsai nursery where my three bonsais are laid out on a table.
Whenever I have an idle hour or two on a Saturday or Sunday, I just pull up a chair to the table, put on my favorite music and relax as I prune and shape these little trees into artful expressions of my own creation.
If you have ANY interest in taking care of your own bonsai tree, this article will really help you out.
Here, I'll be showing you step-by-step how to get started, tips to make the most out of your bonsai care and the best resources for becoming a bonsai pro.
If you're looking for a fun, creative way to escape from the stresses of the world, taking care of bonsai trees is your perfect solution.
Imagine watching your hardwork bloom before your eyes in a beautiful display that you can share with friends and family in your home. Since starting this hobby, I've never looked back. I absolutely love my bonsai creations.
Getting started with bonsai trees can seem kind of overwhelming at first.
Afterall, they're not like most other plants.
Care for bonsai trees isn't quite as simple as adding water every other day and leaving the rest to mother nature.
Caring for bonsai trees takes diligence and dedication - two things that go beyond placing these trees in the right kind of sunlight.
However, if you follow the bonsai care rules and you simply take the right steps, your bonsai tree will reward you with beautiful blooming leaves and a zen-like energy throughout your home.
Don't let the challenge of caring for these plants scare you...
...you don't have to have a green thumb to experience wonderful results with your bonsai plant care.
I was terrible at caring for plants when I received my first bonsai tree as a gift from a good friend.
Not surprisingly, the tree died within two weeks.
I felt terrible. I felt like I failed as a plant owner (a silly as that may sound).
However, it also left me with another feeling. It was a feeling that I wanted to rise to the challenge of caring properly for a bonsai tree.
I did a little reading on the internet and learned that bonsais are one of the more difficult plants to care for. I was ready to overcome this obstacle and accept this project as a challenge that I could master.
After learning the bonsai plant care secrets I'm about to share with you, I DID, infact, master the art of caring for bonsai trees.
My reward? It was a HUGE boost in self-esteem, a wonderful new conversation piece with friends and an unflappable satisfaction that I set this goal for myself and saw it through.
I'm now going to show YOU how to take care of bonsai trees and gain this same wonderful enthusiasm.
It all starts with knowing the basics...
Here we go!
The Basics of Bonsai Tree Care
Bonsai is the art of dwarfing trees or plants and developing them into an aesthetically appealing shape by growing, pruning and training them in containers according to specific techniques.
Think of the bonsai tree as living art. Once you know the proper care to sustaining a bonsai tree's life, the rest is up to your own imagination.
Here, we'll just be going into the basics, but for a complete 95 page tutorial, you'll want to download the complete "Bonsai Gardening Secrets" guide on the next page.
The link is at the bottom of this page, so you can just click it to read the full "Bonsai Gardening Secrets" manual.
Let's start with Bonsai maintenance. Afterall, your bonsai tree won't be much good to you if it's withering away.
So, let's find out the best way to care for these plants...
Where should you keep your bonsai tree?
The answer to this question will vary depending on what variety of bonsai you have, however, it is recommended no matter what the species, keep it out of direct sunlight.
Ideally, your bonsai should be kept outside in an area that has shade through parts of the day. You can bring your plant inside if you want to display it, but only leave the plant inside for 7 consecutive days at the most.
Your bonsai needs to be brought outside in order for it to grow properly.
When indoors, I keep my bonsais in my kitchen, although not directly on the window sill. One of them is the centerpiece for the family's kitchen table. My kitchen is well-lit but not overpowered by the sun, so this tends to work well.
It doesn't take a rocket scientist to determine if your bonsai is reacting well to the amount of light you give it. If within a day you notice it's wilting, move it to a room or position that receives less natural light.
Air circulation is important too. This is another reason I keep my bonsai in the kitchen. If it gets too stuffy, I can easily open a window. Additionally, my front door sends a breeze though the house in the direction of my bonsai tree.
How often should you water your bonsai tree?
Because you're a FANTASTIC bonsai owner, you know that you'll need to keep your bonsai tree outside more often than not.
Because of this, your watering routine will change with the weather. In long stints of heat, you'll obviously need to water your bonsai tree more often. A good indicator is to always check the soil for moisture. If the soil is dry, add water. conversely, if it is moist, hold off for a day.
I know, I know...it sounds like commonplace advice. The thing is, so many plantowners make the same mistake. They look at the plant to decide when water is needed rather than checking the soil.
That's the main factor that separates said "green thumbs" with plantowners that continuously lose their plants
Wintertime is the only season where you won't need to water your bonsai at all.
I'm fortunate in that I have a sprinkler system in my backyard and I keep my bonsai alongside a row of plants that gets watered automatically (just a bit) every fourth day.
If you're not quite so lucky, know that you rarely have to water a bonsai so long as you have some kind of precipitation and rainfall in your area. Watering in fact the least of bonsai maintenance. The real special care comes with grooming your bonsai plant - it's also the FUN part!
Do I need to use plant feed for my bonsai?
Although it's not required, your bonsai will grow best if you feed it fertilizer from the beginning of spring until the end of summer as the fertilizer is slowly washed away with continuous watering.
Oh my goodness, I said fertilizer! We must be getting into heavy plant care territory, huh? -- Definitely Not!
Don't let the word fertilizer freak you out. I'm not going to turn you into "Old McDonald" here. You can pick up a small plastic container filled with pellet-form fertilizer (called Osmocote) at any store that sells plants.
I recommend the one above because it's time release and you won't have to worry about putting too much in the soil by accident.
Why do I need to prune my bonsai?
Pruning or shaping the bonsai is the fun part. It's where you decide which direction and form your bonsai tree will take.
This is done by using pruning scissors and bonsai specific wires (bought at any plant nursery).
It's recommended that you prune or cut the green of the bonsai during the growing season between spring and fall.
The shaping and pruning of the wooded bark should be done during the plants dormant season in late autumn.
The first year you have your bonsai will seem like a rollercoaster of excitement as you get past all these phases, you'll be second guessing your watering and pruning techniques with reluctance and then newfound confidence.
When mid spring hits and you see the flowers on your bonsai tree blossom, it's like the little fella' is telling you you did a great job and you can feel good knowing you've nurtured your plant to awe-inspiring bloom.
Get Ready for Success!
Are you ready to take this challenge and run with it to victory?
Taking care of bonsai trees is one of the most rewarding accomplishments you can have as a plant owner. When you care and nurture them and see them respond in such a way, you truly get instant gratification from your passion.
It's funny, years ago I would have never pictured myself as the proud owner of MULTIPLE bonsai trees. Now, I can't see myself without having this wonderful outlet for my daily stress and anxiety. You've got to give it a shot.
You don't have to have a green thumb or be lucky to have flourishing bonsai trees growing in your home. You just need the proper knowledge.
This article has given you a solid head start, but if you're serious about taking care of bonsai trees, there's one more step you'll need to take...
The 95 page guide on growing and caring for bonsai trees on the next page is definitely required reading.
It's taught me the ins and outs of this hobby and has led me to become an expert through and through, if I do say so myself.
Check it out right now! CLICK THE LINK BELOW and find serenity with these beautiful miracles of nature growing right before your eyes.