Bonsai For Beginners



Shohin Bonsai Demonstration by Graham Potter





For the beginner, selecting a good bonsai soil is a daunting task. For the experienced bonsai grower, a good soil makes the difference between a thriving, healthy tree and one that will only survive a few months to a year. When you are selecting bonsai soil, there are a few things that you need to keep in mind, regardless of whether or not you are an experienced grower. 

This is due to the fact that many of the species used in bonsai trees require a dormant period that is typically broken by the temperature and climate indoors. By not allowing the bonsai trees to go into dormancy, the tree will not be able to thrive as long. There are seven techniques used to manage and care for bonsai trees. 

However, there are some things that you should consider before you begin to use bonsai wire to shape the branches and trunk of your tree. When you use bonsai wire, you are effectively damaging the tree. When you bend the branches of the tree into the desired shape and secure them with wire, you are damaging the cells of the 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. Seedlings and already designed bonsai can also be purchased, although shipping this type of plant can be dangerous if you are shipping during the dormancy period or to a place that has lower temperatures. 

These tools are vital to encourage the good health of your tree, and should be used as frequently as needed to prune any dead or dying branches, care for the roots, and maintain the soil for your tree. For the novice, selecting which tools you need can be difficult. There are many basic bonsai tools used to care for a tree, and these are typically sold as beginner sets. 

There are many places that you can acquire bamboo. You can purchase it at many stores carrying plants, buy new shoots online that can be grown and transplanted into bonsai pots, or you can cut shoots from other bamboo plants and transplant them to begin your new plant. How quickly the bamboo bonsai will grow and take root is based off of the species of bonsai you are growing.