Bonsai For Beginners



SakkaTen Bonsai demo by Kunio Kobayashi





A bonsai is dependent on the amount of water you give it for survival. However, due to the small size of the pots, giving the trees too much water can start root rot, which is fatal in bonsai trees. Because of the careful balance required, bonsai care can be very challenging for those who have never nurtured a bonsai before. 

As the tree can reproduce and spread itself through the root system, pruning of the roots is required in order to keep the bonsai healthy. Failure to do so can cause problems in the plant, drastically shortening the lifespan of the tree. As these trees can live to be over two hundred years old, it is important that the pruning and root care is properly done. 

Now, bonsai trees are kept by the rich and poor alike, as these plants are inexpensive to care for and easy to work with. Beginners can enjoy a bonsai tree allowed to flourish in their more natural state, while advanced hobbyists typically work to design their trees to meet a specific goal. There are many different types of bonsai trees available on the market, including both conifers and non-conifer trees. 

In many of the trees, particularly landscape bonsai that live outdoors, it can take ten to twenty years to get the tree to the stage it is ready to be designed. This time frame can often turn people away from designing Japanese maple bonsai. However, there are other types of trees that you can tend to that have a shorter grow period, letting your Japanese maple mature until it is ready to be designed into the forms that you desire. 

You will need a good soil for your tree, a proper pot with good drainage, and the basic tools for working wiring and trimming your tree. This typically is a minor investment, and most of the supplies will last you for several years. Depending on the type of bonsai you are growing, you may need to invest in other materials, especially for trees that require more delicate care. 

As they are fairly easy to care for as long as you pay attention to the plant's dormancy period, growers of any level can enjoy this tree. If you are interested in growing Baobab bonsai, there are several things that you can do to acquire one. First, you can attempt to grow your own from a seed. Seeds can be purchased online or from specialty vendors.