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Techniques For The Bonsai Plant Care

Aug 17, 2007
Although there are techniques in successfully growing a bonsai, taking care of this dwarfed tree is basically the same way you would care for your other household plants love them and they'll love you back.

Watering is known to be the heart of bonsai plant care. In fact, most bonsai plants that die or go into permanent dormancy are those that had dehydration issues, that is, those that were not given enough water or those that were placed in areas with low humidity for a long time.

Water requirements are varied according to the type of plant, type of soil, and even the kind of pot used. That is why if you're using different types of plant, soil, and pots, it is essential that you do regular checks on each in order to become familiar with their individual water requirements.

The proper bonsai plant care does not mean over-watering though. Too much water can cause as much damage as lack of it. Thus, it is necessary that the right balance of water, air, and soil be achieved in order to have a healthy plant.

Watering is crucial to bonsai plant care because it does three important things. First, it provides water to your tree. Second, the water is responsible for carrying nutrients essential for plant growth, and works to remove excess salts that may likely build up. Third, the water takes out old and used gases contained within the soil, and brings in a fresh new batch.

The Japanese believes it is necessary for bonsai plant care to water three times, once each for the pot, the soil, and the plant. This way, the water gets to soak the pot and the soil, while providing some more for the plant to absorb.

Most people simply water the soil. But the right bonsai plant care requires us to humidify all parts of the plant. Each part is capable of absorbing water to certain degrees. In fact, around 35%of a plant's water intake does not happen through its roots. Washing or watering the entire foliage also prevents dust and dirt from blocking the breathing holes on the leaves. But if you have a flower-bearing bonsai, keep water off the flowers.

Water is indeed a major factor in proper bonsai plant care. Fact is, in Japan, a beginner may learn to prune a bonsai on the first day, but it may take him years to finally learn the skill of watering it.
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