Bonsai For Beginners



Lemon Tree Bonsai, Sept 2014





This art was developed in Japan and Asia by those seeking to enhance the beauty of their gardens. It was originally an art limited to the wealthy, although that has changed over the course of time. Now, bonsai trees are kept by the rich and poor alike, as these plants are inexpensive to care for and easy to work with. 

There is a lot that you need to keep in mind when raising and training a bonsai plant. As the bonsai grows in a small pot, they tend to be more delicate than the trees that are found growing naturally outdoors. Because of this, beginners are sometimes overwhelmed by the things they need to do to ensure their bonsai plant survives. 

There are many types of pots available, both glazed and unglazed, that are designed to accent the bonsai grown within them. The pots will be changed over the course of the bonsai's life, so growers will need to learn how best to select and change the pots. Due to the size of bonsai trees, the pots are typically a significant part of the appearance of the bonsai. 

These trees are typically five to seven years old and have had their basic shape already tended to by a bonsai tree artist. These trees are easier to take care of than shaping and designing your own tree, but are also more restrictive on what can be done with them. These trees are good for beginners who want to learn how to care for a bonsai tree without investing several years in designing the tree. 

It is possible for ficus bonsai to be maintained year round, although this can damage some species of ficus. If you are planning on keeping your ficus bonsai in full leaf year round, you will need to ensure that the plant does not fall into dormancy. If the tree goes into dormancy, you should arrange conditions so that the tree can stay in dormancy, as this will prevent damage to the tree. 

The more familiar you are with the quirks of any piece of equipment you use, the more efficient you are at using the item. This is particularly important for those who have to tend to a lot of plants. The more bonsai one owns, the more time is saved by not having to fight with poor quality gear. When you are buying through a bonsai sale, most of the goods being sold will be a year old, possibly several years old.