Bonsai For Beginners



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As these trees can live to be over two hundred years old, it is important that the pruning and root care is properly done. Pot size is fundamental in the care of the banyan bonsai. As this plant is also named a 'strangler fig', a pot too big or situated with other plants can cause the bonsai to grow larger than you desire. 

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. This is also why the juniper bonsai is so common as a gift. As they are easy to care for and fast to grow, many people are comfortable giving these trees away. 

Over or under watering the tree is a death sentence for a bonsai. Under watering the tree causes the tree to wilt, wither, then die. Over watering causes a condition known as root rot, which is responsible for the destruction of the root system. This also leads to fatalities in bonsai trees. As long as you take care to make certain that your pot has good drainage holes, this problem is fairly simple to avoid. 

Dormancy is a stage where the plant goes into hibernation and recovers from any damage done to it during the growing seasons. This stage is vital for the survival of a bonsai plant, and many plants will die after several months if they cannot go into dormancy. Once you have ensured your bonsai plant has the right growing environment, it is important that you water it properly. 

The tweezers are often looked at oddly by those who are not familiar with bonsai care. Of the bonsai supplies, the tweezers are vital for the removal of grass and weeds. Unlike large trees, bonsais grow in small pots, and any amount of weeds or grass can strip the tree of the nutrients it needs for survival. 

If you are planning to work with dwarf Japanese maple bonsai trees, you will need to learn leaf trimming and pruning techniques to ensure the proper growth and design of your maple. Unlike larger trees, dwarf Japanese maple bonsai are particularly sensitive to how they are trimmed. If you prune the wrong branches, you can negatively impact the growth of your plant.