Bonsai For Beginners



Bonsai demo by Masashi Hirao





Essential Bonsai Supplies There are some bonsai supplies that are required in order for your plant to be as healthy as possible. Caring for a bonsai involves a lot more than just watering your tree every now and then and watching it grow. Bonsais are works of art that require careful pruning and management in order for the tree to take the shape that you desire. 

This means that gear that has been on the shelf for a year or more will come to no harm and work just as well as their newer models. Taking advantage of a bonsai sale can save you a great deal of money while still getting you the same quality of gear. If you are new to the bonsai hobby, or if you want to purchase supplies for someone just entering the hobby, you will want to consider shopping at a bonsai sale to get a complete set of gear. 

You will need to take your time and carefully plan your bonsai design, and realize that these trees may take well over ten years before you will see results. However, once designed, they make an excellent part of any bonsai collection. As they are fairly easy to care for as long as you pay attention to the plant's dormancy period, growers of any level can enjoy this tree. 

The Japanese Maple Bonsai Japanese maple bonsai trees are one of the most highly sought after forms of bonsai, as these highly decorative, ornamental trees have a striking appearance of red or purple, and have good branching that is often sought out for bonsai. When you are selecting your Japanese maple bonsai tree, there are several things that you will want to keep in mind. 

Juniper bonsai are extremely common, as this type of tree is so easy to care for and train. They grow quickly, allowing people to see their hard work progress, making this an excellent tree for beginners. Because of the fast grow rate, many bonsai nurseries will keep this hardy tree in stock, as it can be trained much faster than other species used in bonsai. 

A good pair of small shears, typically made specifically for bonsai, will allow you to prune the branches and leaves of your bonsai as needed. This is an important part of bonsai care. A rake is used to work the soil of your bonsai pot, checking for clumps and otherwise maintaining this aspect of your bonsai.