Bonsai For Beginners

Salvaging a Rose of Sharon (Hibiscus syriacus) Bush for Bonsai.mp4

When you prune your bamboo is dependent on the type of bamboo that you have. Each species of bamboo is different and requires different care. As many people own the 'lucky' bamboo, you will most likely want to prune your bamboo bonsai in the fall and winter, removing all of the leaves. If you are working with a dwarf bamboo, you will need to prune in the early spring before the new growth has occurred. 

It belongs outdoors, where it can go into a proper state of dormancy. By tending to a juniper indoors, it is unlikely to get the light it needs for survival, nor the harsher conditions it needs to thrive. Unlike delicate tropical plants, the juniper bonsai has grown for hundreds of years in conditions most plants would not like. 

However, if you are planning on keeping bonsai plants, it is important that you take the time and care to tend to them properly. Bonsai plants are usually delicate, requiring a certain type of care in order to flourish and survive. Because of this, many beginners get frustrated with keeping their bonsai plants, as the leaves will turn yellow, or their plant dies. 

Each species of tree is different, so research is required when you pick out a new bonsai. However, despite all of the things that need done and need to be kept in mind, bonsai growing is an exceptionally rewarding hobby. As the trees can live to be hundreds of years old, you can expect to keep your tree with you your entire life, if you care for it properly. 

Because the bonsai plant grows in a small, crowded pot, the watering needs are much more specific to the bonsai than they are to the ground grown tree. You need to be able to mimic the natural conditions of the bonsai plant as it is in the wild without over watering the plant. Letting the bonsai plant dry out too much is also a common problem, which can be as damaging as over watering the plant. 

One of the most popular types of bonsai soil available on the market is inorganic soils. These are fired clays that hold their shape and absorb moisture well, which the roots can then feed off of. This is important as these soils have good drainage, which prevents root rot from occurring. As high quality fired clay tends to be absorbent, there is enough moisture to allow the roots to get what they need while the excess water drains away.