How to Take Care of Your Bonsai Tree

images (8) If you want a bonsai tree or if you are thinking of having one but don’t have enough knowledge about it, you might want to rein yourself in before getting one. You first need to learn the basics about bonsai tree care. Taking care of a bonsai trees isn’t as easy as taking care of any other plant that needs the usual watering, sunlight exposure, and fertilizer. In fact, it is quite challenging since it involves a number of different factors beginning with the type of bonsai tree that you have.

You have to be vigilant when taking care of your bonsai tree. Its container provides little protection, water and nutrients can easily be depleted.

When watering your bonsai, you have to consider the species of your tree. Some species can tolerate constant moisture while others thrive in instances of dry periods. As a general rule, avoid heavy watering because it makes your bonsai tree more vulnerable to fungal infections and may cause the roots to rot.

Meanwhile, there should also be some protection to keep the moisture in the soil and prevent it from quickly drying due to wind and sun exposure. Excessive drying of the soil will produce massive damage to the roots of your bonsai tree and is the quickest way to kill your plant.  
Another vital factor in bonsai tree care is about putting fertilizers on your tree. Because bonsai trees are contained in small pots, they have limited soil so nutrients are scarce. Thus, your bonsai needs three main ingredients – nitrogen, potash, phosphoric acid. Your bonsai will need less feed in spring and more in the fall.

Providing your bonsai tree the adequate amount of sunlight is also essential to keep your tree lush. If you have an indoor bonsai tree, situate your bonsai near the window to receive enough light exposure. However, if it is an outdoor bonsai tree, you have to appropriate a shade to control the light being received by your tree as too much sun exposure may dry the soil. 
Lastly, a young bonsai tree is normally repotted every two years and becomes less as it matures. Repotting and root-pruning helps the bonsai to develop as new roots grow to absorb more moisture and nutrients efficiently.

A well-maintained bonsai tree provides a beautiful ambiance.  By following these tips, you are assured to enjoy its beauty for many years.

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