Taking care of a bonsai tree is not actually as hard as you might think. The main thing to remember is that bonsai are always planted in very small plant pots, so there are a few guidelines and tips that you should follow in terms of watering, feeding (fertilization) and the potting of bonsai trees.
This article gives you some very brief information about how care and look after your bonsai tree so that it lives a long life and blooms to its full potential. Please visit a specialist bonsai website if you want really detailed information as I can only give you the basics.
Very Simple and Basic Bonsai Maintenance
Because bonsai trees are so much more delicate and fragile than your average indoor plant or tree, then you need to implement a few basics. By following these you be should to take care of your small tree properly. The most important aspect is the watering, fertilizer and choosing the correct location to keep it so that it lives a long life.
Watering Your Bonsai Tree
The frequency with which your bonsai tree needs to be given water will depend on quite a few different and varied factors. This includes aspects such as the tree species, the size of it, and the climate that you live in, or keep it in. Make sure that you water the bonsai tree at least a couple of times a day, but also monitor and water it when you see the earth has become dry and arid. The earth in the plant pot should be moist at all times. And when you water, water very thoroughly.
Using Fertilizer for Your Bonsai Tree
Because bonsai are usually placed in small pots, regular feeding is necessary to renew the nutrients that are essential to the tree’s growth and vitality. Using a special bonsai fertilizer is sometimes recommended, but I have noticed that any standard off the shelf fertilizer will do exactly the same job to the same standards. Be careful to follow the package instructions on the fertilizer dosages and frequencies though so not to poison your bonsai tree.
The Importance of Location, Light, and Climate Temperature
Choosing the best location within which to keep your bonsai tree is crucial to their well-being and future growth. Always look to make sure that the indoor tree is put somewhere that is warm on a constant temperature. Most bonsai tree species prefer a bright place, usually with at least some direct sun onto the leaves, branches, and trunks.
Additional Advice for Bonsai Tree Care
For more information please visit the excellent website called allthingsbonsai.co.uk. This UK based Bonsai website has everything that you would ever wish to know about caring for Bonsai trees and comes highly recommended!
I got the image of a bonsai from Flickr – copyright and credit to this guy here: www.flickr.com/photos/spengler