How to Care For an Outdoor Bonsai


Outdoor Bonsai TreeBonsai trees are very popular but did you know that they are not only grown for indoor enjoyment? There are some people who take pleasure in bonsai trees that grow outdoors. The outdoor bonsai tree uses the same species and style as the indoor ones, which are commonly tropical trees that are suited for the indoor environment. Only during the late summer or spring can these plants be placed under the sun. The outdoor bonsai trees can be planted directly on the ground or if you want, you can place them in containers.

Outdoor Bonsai Types

There are generally two categories of outdoor bonsai species. These are the evergreen and the deciduous trees. Evergreen ones include pine and junipers. On the other hand, the deciduous trees are those which lose their leaves during the autumn season and temporarily become dormant. An example for this is the elm tree. As the name implies, the outdoor bonsai trees are made for the outdoor environment because they do not do well otherwise.

Watering Your Outdoor Bonsai

The most important point in growing these attractive plants is proper watering. Keep in mind that these outdoor plants give you the impression that they are dry due to the appearance of the soil on top. However, in most cases, the soil below the surface is still moist. You can check the soil’s moisture by poking your finger in it for about an inch. If it is really dry, water your plant thoroughly until it spills from the container. Do this once every two weeks. During the summer season you will need to increase the water dosage. For your outdoor bonsai tree to survive in the winter months, water only when the temperature is 45F or above.

Take note also that if you have bought the tree, you may notice that it will undergo different changes such as the leaves are turning yellow or they start falling. Do not panic; this is the tree becoming fully acclimatized to the new surroundings. Another important and helpful way to maintain your plant’s health is to fertilize it regularly. Some types are more potent than others so you might need some extra help to determine which is suitable for your plant. It is also recommended that you do not fertilize during the winter season. This might damage or even kill your beloved plant. You can also give your plants some vitamin supplements to keep it strong.

As with indoor ones, outdoor bonsai trees also need pruning and trimming. Use sharp shears to do so. Also, you may need to repot your plant once every two or three years depending on the type of species your plant is. If you want to help your plant reach a healthy age, care for it as much as you care for yourself.

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