Bonsai For Beginners



Larch Bonsai Forest, May 2015





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. 

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. It can be kept indoors or outdoors, although some care is required if you intend on keeping ficus bonsai indoors. Like many plants, ficus bonsai trees require a period of dormancy, where the plant is given time to recover from the blooming and growing season. 

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. This will usually include the concave cutters and wire pliers typically used by more advanced users. A bonsai sale is more common through online stores, although some bonsai gardens and nurseries will host sales. 

Most of the tools required for maintaining and growing a bonsai tree can be purchased at most hardware stores or are sold online from stores that specially handle bonsai tree care supplies. 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. 

Frost can damage the roots, branches and leaves of the tree, effectively shortening its lifespan. A greenhouse may be required for storing your maple bonsai if you live in a colder region that goes beyond the normal habitat of these trees. If you are interested in purchasing a maple bonsai, you can buy seeds, a seedling, or even a full grown tree through an online vendor, or you can inquire about these trees at your local garden or plant nursery. 

Letting the bonsai plant dry out too much is also a common problem, which can be as damaging as over watering the plant. Striking a good balance will take effort for the beginner, but once you have learned how to care for your bonsai plant, it will become easy and automatic. If you live in a region that is not conducive for the growth of a bonsai plant, there are some varieties of trees that can be grown indoors.