Bonsai gardening can be one of the most relaxing and rewarding things a person can do for enjoyment. This ancient Japanese tradition has swept the world and now everybody from Tokyo to Timbuktu is growing bonsais in their homes. Now it’s your turn.
One of the first things you should do is buy your bonsai from an accredited dealer. There are people who sometimes sell plants outside of a van at gas stations which they claim are bonsai but are really a fake rip off. So spend the extra cash and buy a real. Once you do, find out if your city has a bonsai gardening meeting group. Yes, these do exist. If you are new to bonsai gardening, the people at these meeting can be very helpful and will tell you all they can.
Now that you have your plant and your support, you can start working on your bonsai. When it comes to watering the bonsai, there is no set amount of water or number of times that you should water them as each one is very different. You should make sure that the soil is not too dry or it could dry out permanently. Too much water can cause the roots to get soggy and die. It’s really an inexact science but can be learned with a little bit of patience.
Despite what you may think or may have heard, bonsai gardening is not intended for indoor growth. Bonsai plants will grow best outdoors with plenty of sunlight and protection from the elements. Don’t forget to take the bonsai indoors in winter and other inclement weather situations like storms and extreme wind or heat.
Bonsais are just like regular plants in the fact that they must be given the chance to grow and expand their roots. You should replace the pot that your bonsais sit in every two years. The pots should be slightly bigger than the one before it, to help root growth and plant health.
Pruning is probably the reason many people buy a bonsai. You should prune the bonsai with specific a specific tool: a concave cutter. A concave cutter prunes the plant without leaving a stub and leaves the bonsai looking great. Pruning can take a while to get a hang of, but eventually you’ll get it.
As you can see, bonsai gardening can be a fun and easy way to relax and take care of something if you cannot have pets. Bonsais can last for years, so don’t worry if you don’t get it right at first. You have an entire lifetime to learn!