Beginner's Guide To Caring For A Bonsai Tree
by Vincent DeLuca
Bonsai is the specialized Japanese art of planting, shaping, and
growing trees in a confined and controlled space. Bonsai trees are
beautifully styled miniature trees that are fully grown and cultivated
in small flower pots.
Although a bonsai tree matures and grows like any other tree, the
care taken in styling, pruning, and cultivating a bonsai allows
the bonsai tree to grow to a desired height usually less than three
feet tall. If you are new to bonsai, this guide will give you a
general overview of some of the aspects you need to be aware of
when caring for a bonsai tree.
Caring for a bonsai tree requires more attention than the typical
indoor or outdoor plant. For starters, most bonsai trees need a
mixture of indoor and outdoor weather. Because a bonsai tree is
a tree, it cannot survive long term if kept solely inside the house.
At the same token, because most species of bonsai trees will die
in continued direct sunlight, they can't be permanently left outside
in an open area.
The key to proper placement of your bonsai is to try and recreate
or mimic the natural environment of how your specie grows in nature.
Does a natural fig tree require only partial sunlight with plenty
of shade? If so, your bonsai fig is going to need to be positioned
in a similar style of environment. Don't worry. There are plenty
of resources on each species of bonsai tree that will give you advice
on positioning your bonsai.
Next to proper placement, the most important part of caring for
your bonsai tree is regularly watering your bonsai. This cannot
be stressed enough. Water is the lifeline of a plant. Without proper
watering, your bonsai will die. Some species of bonsai may require
more water than others. Find out how much water your particular
bonsai tree will need.
Outside of placement and watering, the last main source of care
for your bonsai tree deals with maintenance. Bonsai tree maintenance
consists of styling, pruning, and shaping your tree. Maintenance
is the hardest and most rewarding part of caring for a bonsai. With
every snip of your shears, you are shaping the way that you bonsai
tree is going to grow and be displayed when it reaches maturity.
Bonsai maintenance is an ongoing task for the life of your bonsai.
Proper placement, watering, and maintenance of your bonsai tree
are the three most critical areas of caring for your bonsai. However,
watching your bonsai tree grow and blossom into a stunning fully
matured bonsai is well worth every minute spent in carrying out
About the Author
Vincent DeLuca is author of Healing Health from Home and owner of
Heavenly Orchards, an "herbal eatery and spice for life" store.
Vincent is also an avid gardener and horticulturist. To learn more
about caring for bonsai trees or to inquire about purchasing a bonsai,
go to http://www.bonsai-trees-for-sale.info