How to Take Care of Bonsai Trees
Most people think that taking care of the Bonsai Tree is hard which a misconception. Since this tree is grown in small pots, only a few steps need to be followed when watering, repotting, and fertilizing. When compared to the average indoor plant, the Bonsai trees are more delicate, but a few basic rules should be enough guide for anyone to take care of the tree properly.
How to Water the Bonsai Tree
The most important practice of taking care of the Bonsai is watering. There are several factors that determine how often a tree needs to be watered; the species, the size of the tree, soil mixture, the time of the year, and climate. As such, it is therefore not possible to determine how often you should water your Bonsai, but the following should offer you a guideline on how to go about it.
Only when the soil feels slightly dry should you water it. This means that you should not water the tree when the soil is still wet but when it feels slightly dry. You should also avoid watering on a routine. Keep watching the trees individually instead of watering them on a regular basis, until you are exactly sure of the work you are doing.
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The soil mixture needs to be correct. This is because the soil mixture in a great way influences how often the trees will need to be watered. A mixture that retains more water should be used when you can’t water the plants regularly.
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Ensuring that you feed the Bonsai regularly during the growth season is crucial for its survival. It is not recommended to fertilize trees that have been re-potted for close to a month and also those trees that have a disease.
Repot the Bonsai
To prevent a tree from being bound to the pot and ultimately starving to death, it is important that it is re-potted regularly. Repotting ensures that the Bonsai is supplied with new nutrients that it requires flourishing. The species of the tree and the size of the container determine how often the Bonsai needs to be re-potted. Trees that tend to grow faster are repotted after two years while those older and mature ones need to be repotted after every three or five years. Do not make repotting a routine but constantly check on the plant every spring by removing it from its pot. Bonsai trees are repotted when the roots begin to circle the root system. If the roots are still intact in the soil, repotting is not necessary, and one should wait for another year to repot. Early spring is an ideal time for repotting when the tree is still in its dormancy.