Knowing how to care for a bonsai is important if you are going to grow a beautiful and healthy plant. Bonsais are smaller versions of full-sized plants. The plant needs some special care, but it is not hard to grow a healthy plant that will thrive in any home. Follow these steps to keep your plant healthy and strong for years to come.
Place the bonsai in a sunny location but keep it out of direct afternoon sunlight. The plant loves light, but too much sunlight, especially in the afternoon when the sun is its hottest, will start to wither the plant’s leaves.
Keep the plant in a location where the temperature is between 50 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit, whether indoors or on a porch. If you keep the bonsai indoors, periodically take it outdoors for some fresh air, assuming the temperature range is correct..
Keep the soil damp and do not allow it to dry out. Pour the water around the tree stem and then use a spray bottle to mist the leaves.
Add fertilizer to the plant about twice a month. You should use a plant food made especially for bonsais such as Meangreen Organic Bonsai Fertilizer. Mix according to the directions on the plant food.
Prune new growth only if you want to keep the bonsai tree small. It is normal for leaves to fall off, but new growth will appear in time. Prune in the winter. Remove all branches that grow parallel to the branches you want to keep; also trim branches that grow straight down or straight up. This will help keep the shape of the bonsai,