Caring For a Bonsai Tree

The art of bonsai is a Chinese way of appreciating nature, by growing miniaturized trees and shrubs, small enough to grow in shallow pots. Bonsai have become more and more popular as a decoration choice because of the elegant look it gives to the house maintaining the look of the original tree or shrub. There are plenty of options to choose from, to suit every taste from indoors trees like schefflera to outdoors species (e.rclmag. maple), fruit-bearing (cherries, blueberries etc.) or not.

But caring for a bonsai is not as easy as pie; you need to give it attention and do some research on what it needs and likes; some tips are generally agreeable, but caring, planting and seeding can slightly differ from species to species.

When planting it you should place a layer of soil first and spread its roots on it then cover with the remaining soil, leaving some space near the rim for proper watering. When done, you should place it in a place with partial sunlight. The pot can be ornamented with moss, sand or stone.

If you have your bonsai as a cutting form another one, then you also need to read about and wrap your tree in bonsai wire to give it the shape you want; you might also need to place weights on the branches cu curb their natural growth.

If you plan to use seeds, you should first keep them in the refrigerator for a week then soaked in water for a day before attempting to plant them – those that sink have the highest probability of germinating. The pot you plant them in should be prepared beforehand, with sand at the bottom then nutrient rich soil, placed in a dark, well-ventilated place. Make sure dust doesn’t accumulate and once the seedlings appear move the pot in direct sunlight. When they grow big enough you can prune and wire them.

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