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Beginners Guides To Caring Bonsai Plants

Jan 5, 2008
More and more people are getting drawn to the finely cultivated beauty of bonsai plants. Some may think that they are half-starved mini plants but they are actually carefully cared-for works of art. When caring for your bonsai plants, you should take note of some important tips.

* Know Your Plant and Environment

Generally, bonsai plants can be made from any type of trees. Hence, how you grow and care for your plant depends, in a large part, on the specific species it originates from. For example, if your bonsai is made from a tropical tree, it will not fare well in cold temperatures and will need special care.

It may be easier for you if you pick a tree that grows well in the kind of temperature and environment in where you live. Like regular-sized trees, bonsai plants will adjust to the changes of the season in your area. Take note of the specific tree species that you pick. They may have even more specific needs according to their species.

* Never Over-water or Under-water Your Bonsai

Bonsai plants' water requirements varies dependent on its species, the type of soil and the season. When there is a change in condition, the watering frequency needs to be changed. It is always good to have different watering plans for the different kinds of bonsai you grow.

As a general rule, bonsai plants should neither be over watered nor under watered. Check the top of the soil with your fingers and nails. Moist top soil would mean it still contains some water. Dry soil is a definite sign that you have to start watering.

In some cases, bonsai owners water once a day in hot days and once every two days or so in cold days. This is not a hard and fast rule though. Your plant may have different water needs.

* Grow Outside for Sunlight

If you live in cold regions and you have a tropical bonsai, you may have to devise some semi-indoor protection for your bonsai plant. However, generally, bonsai should be grown outside. Despite their appearance, they are not ornamental indoor house fixtures. Bonsai plants need sufficient sunlight. Otherwise they will get sick and may even die.

If you have a bonsai plant that is native to your place, then it may do well outside in the winter season. Just remember to provide protection for it in especially harsh days.

These are only basic beginner tips for would-be bonsai enthusiasts. If you are really intent on growing bonsai plants, you should seriously consider studying more in depth details about bonsai care. Important issues that need to be covered include pruning, wiring, re-potting, etc.
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