Most people think that growing bonsai is fairly easy; you don’t have to water these plants often, and they can be fed every couple of weeks as well. However, it can be a little difficult to care for these small plants if you’re not sure about the plant species you’ve purchased, or if you haven’t quite established a schedule.
Here are a few tips for growing bonsai that you’ll definitely want to remember.
If you are growing your bonsai tree indoors, you’ll need to make sure that it is getting enough sunlight, since dark areas in your home could shorten the life of your plant.
Keep your plant near the window so that it can get direct sunlight, and make sure that you keep your house at about 60 degrees Fahrenheit in the daytime, since your tree will need to be in a warm climate. Humidity is also ideal, since this type of air is part of the environment that these plants naturally flourish in.
In order for a bonsai tree to maintain its appearance, you’ll have to give it regular trimmings and spray the leaves to maintain the color. However, be careful not to spray the leaves in spring and summer months since the leaves can be damaged from the humidity.
As well, you need to carefully monitor the water levels of your plant. Both under watering and over watering can be harmful to your delicate tree.
When you’re feeding a bonsai tree, be sure to get the highest quality of fertilizer you can find. The fertilizer should have ample amount of nitrogen so that the plant can grow (especially if you want your plant to get larger with time), as well as potassium and phosphates.
A soil with B vitamins and iron is also necessary for the health of the tree. Most people think that this small plant can feed itself, since most other trees are able to do so, but this plant is confined to a pot, which means you will have to provide the food. You should feed your tree about every two weeks or so to make sure that it is thriving at a normal rate.
It’s also very important to re-pot your tree every couple of years. The ideal season for re-potting is spring, since the weather will be fairly neutral (not too hot, not too cold) and it is more likely that your plant will develop faster in the new soil.
This is also a good time to prune the roots, but be sure not to cut too much–only about one third from the tip of the root should be sufficient. If you want your plant to grow in the same shape or at the same pace, you should re-pot in a pot with a similar shape.
To find a great bonsai plant that will grow and flourish in the environment you plan to grow it in, you have to know a few things first. It’s also important to learn how to care for your indoor bonsai tree so that it thrives and takes on the shape you want it to.