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Bonsai Trees

The Bonsai tree – something which I believe many people assume is very difficult to grow or more to keep alive. The bonsai tree originated in China and then moved to a more Japanese culture.

Bonsai trees are not naturally small, they are grown in a container to keep them a small size, they are usually no larger than a meter tall. Larger leaved plants can be move difficult to design and grow into an artistic form.

I’m only going to discuss the basics of caring for the bonsai tree – mainly because I still have some fear of killing the ones that I have and have not yet tried anything advanced such as wiring or pruning.

I currently have tree bonsai trees – two which are about three years old and the remaining is less than a year old. It is a very thin trunk with two very small leaves.

  

Watering

The bonsai tree should be watered once the soil is dry. I find that with the ones I have, this is once a week. Obviously once a week may not work for everyone and it will depend on the conditions that the plant are kept it. It is recommended to water the plant with a small nozzle from above. I however, have found that because bonsai trees need to be watered very well, I actually soak my bonsai trees overnight in a container with a liquid fertiliser.

I have read that you shouldn’t water plants on a routine. I partly agree with this and you should observe how dry or moist the soil is.  I’m setting a bad example however and do usually water the bonsai trees on the same day each week and so far they are still alive.

Fertilising

It is important to fertilise bonsai trees. I didn’t always do this but I started four months ago and really notice an improvement in the colour and growth of the bonsai trees. There are several types of fertiliser that you can use – the one which I choose to use is a liquid fertiliser – Bonsai Focus Unique Liquid Concentrated Fertiliser 300ml. I found a link to it online, which doesn’t ship to Ireland. However if you are in Ireland, I got it in a local garden center so I am sure you can get it locally instead of having to order it only.

As I said, I won’t be discussing the pruning and wiring process as I haven’t tried it myself and don’t want to give bad advise or kill your tree. I feel that the easiest way to to learn how to prune and wire is from seeing instead of reading so I have watched several videos and feel that the below is a good video for guidance.

Happy tree growing!!

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