Saturday, 1 August 2015

How to take care of a bonsai tree - Beginners guide


I have always found bonsai trees absolutely beautiful and interesting. Also as many people I have always wanted to have one but have been put off by the rumours about how hard it is to care of it, and they are so expensive, and you might kill them, or you might have a full grow tree where you don't have space, and blah blah blah.

Well, my hubby decided he really liked a bonsai tree one day and that he was going to buy it.
Him and I are total opposites in that sense, I'm a worry freak while he just acts.
So obviously he bought it and I went off on research on how to care for it. Hehehe.

So here are a few things I learnt, for you that have always wanted to have one but also have been put off:

How expensive is a bonsai?

The older the tree is the more expensive. And the older it is, the bigger and most beautiful it is too.
So budget wise, if this is your first time, maybe do it like us, buy a younger tree.


Where to put your bonsai tree?

Light: bonsai as any tree love loads of light. So areas near windows, or windowsills are good options on spring, autumn and winter, but maybe too much for sunny summers. So just be careful on summer if it may be getting too hot.

Temperature: bonsai prefers cooler temperatures, so if you are going to put it on a windowsill, don't do it if you have a radiator just underneath it - 1 day of radiator will dry out and kill your tree!
Don't put it close to a TV either - it is a source of heat that can dry it out.

Humidity: they love moisture, so places like kitchens and bathrooms are great because of the humidity the taps and sinks give off. If you choose a dried place you can always mist spray it constantly or keep it on a drip tray so some water sits under the pot evaporating ad making the area more humid.

Tips: In summer, put the tree outside for 2 months so the tree can enjoy some of the light and fresh air - this will help it grow stronger.


How to water a bonsai?

While I was researching I found people saying, look at the soil, the colour and feel the weight and you will know. Yes maybe after you are used to bonsai. But what about the beginning, when you still don't know?
Well, when you touch the soil, if it feels dry to the touch, it is time to water it, if it is still moist you may not need to water it just yet.
In hotter days it will need more water than in cooler days, so watch out in those.

How: pour the water onto the soil very gently so the soil won't be washed away and keep the tray filled up with water.

How to prune a bonsai?

This is a essential step to keep it healthy and in it's shape.
With scissors trim new shoots back to 1 or 2 sets of leaves.
Do it regularly, start soon after you get the tree.
There are empty spaces between branches, they have to be kept this way, it will try to fill up those gaps, but those should be pruned.


Re-potting and feeding needs

Re-potting: After a couple of years you will need to re-pot your bonsai - it will grow so much that the original pot will be too tight for it. This should not be a difficult task, it is very similar to re-potting any other plant, just watch out not to feed it for a month after it.

Feeding: Feeding is also something all plants need, there are liquid and granular feeds, this will be depend on the size of your bonsai, bigger ones benefit from granular while smaller ones prefer the liquid. Feeding process depends on what the manufacturers recommendation say.


So now that you know the basics I will tell you that there isn't a lot more than that to know, so it is not such a monster to care for a bonsai. Try it out. They are really beautiful, and will give you joy.


What did you think of this post? Would you have a bonsai?
Let me know in the comments bellow.

11 comments:

  1. Thanks so much for sharing this as I have always wanted to get a Bonsai tree and will certainly reference this post when I do manage to pick on up

    Laura x

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  2. How good of you to share everything you've learned about caring for a tiny tree. I love the way nature makes these trees in crevices without any help too.
    I cherished an old jacarandah tree in bonsai form about forty years ago. They are precious and a miracle--so worth the effort of keeping them healthy.

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    1. That is awesome you had such a beauty! Bonsais are definetly gorgeous and nature is just amazing!

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  3. I would love a bonsai one day but I think I'm too irresponsible for one right now! ;)
    Liquid Grain

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    1. HAHAHA. I'm sure you could manage though! ;)

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  4. I never knew they would like bathrooms, for some reason I expected them to like humidity.

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  5. What kind of tree would be good to start out with if I wanted to.do it myself

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  6. Loved reading this guide. I'm wanting to invest into one but I'm not sure now if I should risk it with bigger one. They are quite sensitive, aren't they! We will see then :D

    Dash Xx
    Mode Lily

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  7. The tree seed must be planted in the container, repotted as per the needs of a specific bonsai tree varieties, its branches and also root base have to be trimmed on a scheduled basis, and its trunk as well as top are clipped to be a bonsai. Bonsai Tree Gardener

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  8. The Bonsai here is a Ficus related to a banyan tree and rubber tree. These trees make ideal indoor bonsai. However most bonsai trees are strictly outside trees and will almost definitely die if kept inside. I have 150 and all are deciduous, needing lots of light, careful watering and feeding. These trees must have a dormant period. They drop their leaves in Autumn and regrow leaves the next spring. They must be fed with bonsai fertilizer. The average Bonsai will use all its goodness from its soil in about two months. You must feed them about once a fortnight. Very easy as many fertilizers come as liquids to add to a watering can. Every so often they need repotting....you can buy ready made, but add grit to the mix. Don`t try and keep a Bonsai inside unless it is a semi-tropical like a Ficus, which is semi evergreen. Pick a Privet/Ligustrum or a small Beech tree, very easy, as you cut back so the leaves will become smaller.

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