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Tips For Growing Outdoor Bonsai Trees

Aug 5, 2008
Many people choose to decorate the interior of their homes with bonsai trees due to their uniqueness. However, these plants are equally beautiful when used as part of your outdoor landscaping. Outdoor bonsai trees are true bonsais. The main differences between indoor and outdoor bonsai trees is the scale of the outdoor tree and the challenges it will face in the outside environment.

The tropical species of trees are the most common type of tree found indoors. While they grow well inside the home, they may also be placed outdoors in the spring or late summer, depending on climate.

There are normally two categories of outside Bonsai trees. In making outdoor bonsai trees, only a few species are used. These include both evergreens, such as Pine and Juniper, and deciduous trees that lose their leaves in autumn. Evergreen trees also go dormant in winter, but do not lose their greenery. Instead, they will not grow again until spring.

Outdoor Bonsai trees can be planted right into the ground or kept in containers. This type of tree doesnt do well indoors for lengthy amounts of time. Outdoors, these trees should be well protected from freezing. For best results, an outdoor Bonsai tree should receive adequate water. Be sure to check the soil; the top surface of soil might seem dry but moist under the surface.

After purchasing and planting the tree, adaptation to the new environment can cause changes in the tree, including leaves turning yellow and falling off. Usually, these are temporary effects. The tree should be given time to adapt to its new environment prior to making major changes.

Keeping these trees properly trimmed and pruned is important to their health. Repotting will also need to be done. When the roots have filled the pot to the limit, the tree will need a bigger pot to continue growing.

By poking your finger into the container, you can easily monitor the moisture level in the soil. If it is dry down to one inch, water the Bonsai until the water flows freely from the bottom of the container. For trees planted directly in the ground, gauge the rainfall it has received and use your best judgement. If the trees require watering during the winter, the temperature needs to be at least 45 degrees or the tree could be damaged. The tree could freeze and stop growing if this is not done properly.

Outdoor bonsais are becoming more and more popular - what a great way to bring a fine hobby into the outdoor!
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