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 Best Bonsai for Beginners

 By Erik A. Olsen

Are you thinking about getting involved with bonsai growing but have no idea where to start, or the species of tree to buy? In this article, we will talk about the best bonsai for beginners, which will make the process of growing bonsai more enjoyable and more successful. Just remember that regardless of the species of tree, bonsai is art form that takes time and practice. Therefore, if you make a mistake, do not give up, simply learn, and keep going.

For people just starting out, three things should be considered. First, there is the cost involved in growing bonsai. Second is the time it takes to develop the perfect style, which can easily take four to five years. Third is choosing the best type of bonsai tree. Unfortunately, many trees sold on the internet or in the local grocery store are simply not acceptable. Therefore, we suggest you work with a reputable gardening center or nursery to buy a healthy tree.

While there are many different tree species that would make a great choice for a beginner, the Juniper is one of the favorites. In addition to looking great, the Juniper is easy to grow, easy to train, and looks wonderful in a number of styles. Even choosing a Juniper tree requires patience and years of learning the skill, which is part of the exciting prospect of growing bonsai. In addition to the joy of training the tree, the challenge of learning the skill is exciting and fun. Another type of tree that makes an excellent bonsai for beginner is the Maple, specifically the Japanese Maple, which is beautiful.

The level of involvement with the bonsai will depend on your interest but keep in mind that to accomplish a great style, you need to work continually on pruning and shaping. The best option is to choose a healthy plant and then check out various styles that would work best for that tree. Then, get your hands on as much information possible pertaining to watering, soil, fertilizing, repotting, and so on, so you know what that particular tree needs to thrive.

Keep in mind that if you start working on the tree’s roots immediately, you will end up killing it. Therefore, we suggest you begin the process by working from the crown or top of the tree down. Take time to learn some of the basic wiring, pruning, and styling methods. Although you will eventually need to work on the roots, this is not something that has to be done until you repot the bonsai, typically between one and three years. Between the times, that you buy the tree and then, you will have many opportunities to learn.

Just work slowly, following the directions of the style you prefer. Never remove more than one-third of the tree’s foliage at a time. Then as you learn more and more about styling, you will start to see the tree taking shape as a bonsai. For watering, one of the most important aspects of growing bonsai, check the soil every two weeks by pushing your finger one-inch into the soil. If the soil is still moist, then no water is needed but if the soil is dry, water, allowing the water to drain through the drainage holes.

For fertilizer, choose a liquid form, choosing the best choice for the type of tree you have. Then follow the directions so you fertilize during the right time of the year. Finally, you want to place your bonsai in a shallow container, using a combination of raw earth, sand, and grit like material. To make this process easier, you can simply buy soil that is designed specifically for bonsai, taking the guesswork out. Training bonsai is a wonderful hobby that is learned. Therefore, be patient and easy on yourself, as you try various things until it all comes together. With so much information now available, you have a huge selection of resources to guide you through the process.

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