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 Bonsai Tree Care Instructions

 By Erik A. Olsen

If you have been interested in buying and growing bonsai, this article will address some of the bonsai tree, care instructions to give you an idea of what is involved with this type of hobby. Bonsai trees are literally miniature plants grown in pots. With training through pruning and trimming, these trees can be shaped into a number of styles that add beauty to any home or office. Interestingly, bonsai tree, care instructions are not difficult and the results worth any effort given.

Most bonsai trees are simply regular trees such as maple, oak, or juniper that are kept small through special training. The miniature design of the tree is accomplished through rigorous regulations of the tree’s natural growing process. Once the trees are planted, they are allowed to become root bound in the pots. However, in addition to the branches being pruned, the roots are also pruned. Keep in mind that a bonsai tree will not live forever in one pot, which is why they must be repotted every two to three years in fresh soil.

The most important aspect of bonsai tree care instructions in relation to style is the pruning. This is done each spring where most but not all of the new growth is removed. Then, the branches left are wired as a means of controlling the direction and way in which they grow. While some people feel the wiring is cruel to the tree, in truth, when done properly, it does not hurt the tree but it does take time to acquire the skill.

Bonsai tree, care instructions also includes fertilizing that includes a water-soluble product. This process is done once to twice a month while the tree is going through the growing process. Additionally, remember that you need to purchase fertilizer specific to the type of tree being grown and always apply it when the soil is wet. You can check with your local nursery or gardening center for this information if needed.

Now, bonsai tree care instructions also includes watering. The amount of water and the frequency of when the tree is watered depend on the species of tree you have. However, most bonsai like a moist soil, not too wet and not too dry. The best option in most cases is to water the tree well, allowing any excess water to run out of the bottom of the plant. In fact, some bonsai tree growers will actually weigh the tree after a full watering and then when they feel the soil is dry, they will weigh it again until they reach the desired weight.

For food, this too depends largely on the type of bonsai you plan to grow but in most cases, we recommend you choose liquid food. When it comes to bonsai tree care instructions, you can find an abundance of information through local experts or through bonsai societies located on the internet. Again, growing these miniature trees is a little more detailed but the results are amazing. You will not be sorry that you chose to grow bonsai and most people will start working with a number of different tree species as well as styles.
 

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