Bonsai For Beginners



Kunio Kobayashi Bonsai demonstration





Wiring is a key part of guiding your bonsai into growing into the shape that you desire. As bonsais are considered a work of art, growing bonsai is part skill at keeping plants alive, and part artistic talent. When you are growing bonsai for the first time, you will want to approach aspects like wiring with caution. 

While many of these tools are used in basic maintenance of established trees, there are some tools used for grafting and defoliation that are typically only purchased and used by those who are forming their own bonsai tree designs. Many bonsai trees are only suitable for outdoor growth in ornamental gardens. 

These include shears, a rake, tweezers and a small broom. While the shears and rake are obvious in their gardening uses, many people do not realize the importance of both the tweezers and the broom. Unlike standard trees, a vital part of the survival of a bonsai tree is that they are kept clean. Brooming off the surface of the tree will keep the leaves and bark healthy, as well as help reveal any potential problems with the tree. 

Ficus Bonsai - A Traditional Design If you are looking for a traditional bonsai, the ficus bonsai may be what you are looking for. This style of bonsai is highly popular in traditional bonsai designs, as the aerial root system of this family of fig is highly conducive towards design and styling. Suitable for the standard bonsai design, as well as root over rock styles, the ficus bonsai is a versatile, hardy tree that is relatively easy to care for. 

Unlike delicate tropical plants, the juniper bonsai has grown for hundreds of years in conditions most plants would not like. Because of this, it needs winter dormancy in order to be able to repair itself from any damage it took in the growing season. The leading cause of death in juniper bonsai is that people try to keep this pine indoors. 

There are many different types of bonsai trees available on the market, including both conifers and non-conifer trees. When you are selecting which bonsai to grow, you should take care to study the grow zone you live in and pick a tree suitable for that zone. This is important as bonsai trees are designed to be grown and nurtured outdoors.