Bonsai care guidelines

images (1) Caring for a Bonsai tree is not as hard as is commonly thought. However, as Bonsai trees are planted in small pots a few basic guidelines have to be followed when watering, fertilizing and repotting your trees.

This part of the website will give you detailed information about how to care for your trees; use the menu on your left to navigate through theBonsai care pages, or check out some basics below. Tree-specific advice can be found at the species guide section.

Bonsai care basics

Though Bonsai trees are a little more delicate compared to the average indoor plant, a few basic rules should enable anyone to take care of its tree properly. Most importantly are watering, fertilization and choosing the right position to place it.

1. Watering Bonsai. How often Bonsai need to be watered depends on a wide range of factors, including species of tree, size and climate. Do not just water your tree every day, instead, monitor it carefully and water it once the soil gets slightly (but never completely) dry; it should be damp. When watering, do it thoroughly though. For more information, see the watering Bonsai trees page.

2. Fertilization. As Bonsai trees are generally placed in small pots regular fertilization is required in order to replenish nutrients that are essential to the tree. Using a special ‘Bonsai fertilizer’ can be convenient, but any fertilizer will do (be careful not to use too much though). Follow the instructions as stated on the fertilizer’s packaging regarding quantity and timing. For more information, check the Bonsai fertilization page.

3. Position and temperature. Deciding on the right place to put your tree is crucial for its wellbeing. First make sure that indoor trees are placed in a warm environment; outdoor trees (although depending on species of trees) generally require much lower temperatures and should be placed outside. Next, most species of trees prefer a bright spot, normally with at least some direct sunlight. See the Bonsai placement page for more information.

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