The pleasurable experience off Bonsai gardening is gaining in popularity increasing numbers of people in all ages and cultures are experimenting and learning the art. Once practiced by only the elite class of royalty, bonsai are now easily affordable on nearly any budget. But proper bonsai care does entail considerable planning and patience. If you want to create your own bonsai garden, then it is important you understand that bonsai care is a time consuming art and patience is required to slowly produce the wonderful little work of art that you will envision. Bonsai gardening is not ideally suited to anyone who spends much of his or her time away from home. Your Bonsai tree will require constant care.
Bonsai Care Basics
There are four main elements of bonsai care that you should fully understand before you decide whether or not to purchase your first bonsai tree. Your bonsai tree will require constant monitoring of the moisture in the soil. A bonsai tree will not tolerate dry soil conditions. There must be moisture at the root level at all times or the fine root structure will die quickly. Proper bonsai care entails watering your tree at frequent intervals that will be determined by environmental conditions. You must not allow the roots to become dry and brittle or the tree will quickly wither and returning your Bonsai to health will be very difficult.
Another important fact that you need to know about bonsai care is that your tree will require regular feeding. A liquid fertilizer, the physical elements balanced especially for bonsai trees is highly recommended. The solution should be diluted with water rather than applying at full strength. You can purchase fertilizer that is specially made for bonsai care at nearly any home and garden center or one of the many online gardening stores dedicated to bonsai care.
It may seem obvious to some but not understood by others, your new bonsai tree is just that. It is in fact a tree and not your ordinary house plant. You may wonder about the significance of that small difference. Being a tree, your bonsai will require a dormant period each year. This will occur naturally for those who keep their trees outside in a bonsai garden. For those who grow their bonsai indoors, you will need to be sure to give your tree a cool and dark place to complete the normal life cycle of a typical tree. That should occur over a period of a few months during the winter.
An essential but pleasurable element of bonsai care is the pruning. In order for your new tree to grow into the work of art that you have envisioned, you will need to prune your bonsai on a regular basis. Even if you have purchased a bonsai from a home and garden center that has previously been trained to a shape, you will still need to regularly trim off the new growth in order to maintain the desired shape. If you creating your own shape from a young tree, you will need to prune it regularly until it is growing takes the shape you are looking for. After that shape has been established simply trim on a regular basis to manage the new growth.
Bonsai care can be very time consuming, but it can also be very rewarding.