Bonsai collectors cannot say that they have a complete bonsai collection if they don’t have a Jade Bonsai. This special type of bonsai comes from South Africa and has spread throughout all parts of the world. When bonsai is talked about, jade bonsai will be included in the topic of conversation. It is the favourite of all times. The Jade Bonsai gained popularity through the years because of its stout yet elegant look.
The evergreen succulent tree that normally grows up to 2 meters or more is the one used in making jade bonsai. The tree reveals a sturdy trunk with several branches and thick leaves. The features of this tree are very unique. Every bonsai maker can expect a fabulous bonsai tree out of this evergreen succulent tree. Considering the normal features of this tree, its sturdiness and the unusual leaves are given more emphasis when they are reduced into a jade bonsai.
Since the jade bonsai originally came from South Africa, you may not be surprised to learn that the tree belongs to the cactus family (or like me your were surprised!). Going into details, the jade bonsai is classified as a spine-less cactus. Since it is a cactus plant, it needs proper temperature regulation at all times. It is advisable to keep this tree as in indoor plant during winter and rainy days. Too much moisture and water is not beneficial to the plant. It is used to dry, hot temperatures. During the summer months and dry seasons it is suggested that you place this tree in sunny areas that are reached by sun light. This opportunity should be taken advantage of so that your plant can experience the best type of environment that it deserves, at least during one or two seasons of the year.
Winter and the wet season are bad days for the jade bonsai. Too much watering spells trouble for your jade bonsai. They don’t need abundant water supply because it can make their roots rot leaving them open to attack by fungi. Every time you water your jade bonsai tree make sure you let the soil dry before watering it again. If you don’t follow this simple advice its root system will be shallow and unhealthy. Always remember that as a semi-cactus this plant only needs minimal water to survive.
Water should be paired with food. Jade bonsai, like any other bonsai, needs to be provided with fertilizers at least once a month. They are in a small pot with limited soil for their roots to extract nutrients from. Fertilizers will be their food supplement to maintain good health and achieve a longer life span.
Aside from taking care of the Jade Bonsai, growers love having this plant in their collection because of the ease with which it can be sculpted and maintained. Bonsai lovers can easily develop their bonsai-making techniques by using this plant as their ‘guinea pig’. By just using specialized bonsai making tools and equipment you can cut, pinch and bend this tree with relative ease. You can design your bonsai based on one of the accepted styles and further refine this into your own unique vision. You can also pinch it so that its leaves can become smaller and more appropriate to its size. Aside from cutting and pinching, bonsai growers can also sculpt their tree. By just using copper wire and being careful you can bend and make some curves in the Jade Bonsai’s branches.
The jade Bonsai is a good starter tree. Even if you are a beginner or an experienced bonsai maker, you will surely love making and having a Jade Bonsai in your collection. Find the plant that you need today and start making your masterpiece.