Bonsai For Beginners



Indoor Bonsai Care





Because of the careful balance required, bonsai care can be very challenging for those who have never nurtured a bonsai before. When you start into the world of bonsai care, there are some supplies that you will want to invest in. 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. 

Through careful maintenance of leaves, branches and roots, a bonsai tree can be shaped to virtually any style that suits the artist. If you are interested in starting to care for and grow your own bonsai tree, there are several ways you can start. You can start by purchasing a tree that has already been designed. 

Bonsai trees require quick draining soil that maintains its shape in order to stay alive. Due to the small amount of space that a bonsai has to work with, if you do not have good soil, root rot is much more likely to occur. Root rot is a death sentence for a bonsai tree, and can quickly ruin years of growth of your tree. 

Many growers have witnessed a tree die within several days due to quick exposure to cold temperatures. If you live somewhere cold, it is vital that you store the Baobab bonsai somewhere the plant can remain warm throughout the winter season. In addition, the Baobab bonsai should receive no water at all during the winter, as watering them in winter will cause root rot and your plant will die. 

There are many places that you can acquire bamboo. You can purchase it at many stores carrying plants, buy new shoots online that can be grown and transplanted into bonsai pots, or you can cut shoots from other bamboo plants and transplant them to begin your new plant. How quickly the bamboo bonsai will grow and take root is based off of the species of bonsai you are growing. 

A maple bonsai has the same care rules as a fully grown maple of the same species. In addition to this, a maple bonsai needs additional care due to the fact that it is grown in such a small pot. Root maintenance and potting of the tree are two aspects not typically dealt with for maples, as these trees are usually grown to their full size.