Growing the First Japanese Bonsai Tree

A Japanese Bonsai is Good For Beginners - iStockPhoto

With over 100 species to choose from, there will always be a bonsai that caters to every bonsai enthusiast’s different levels. However, for beginners, it is highly recommended that they start out with the Japanese Bonsai.

Japanese Bonsai

The Japanese Bonsai is one of the more elegant and beautiful species and even better is that it is not hard to maintain. The Japanese Bonsai can offer a good training wheel for beginner bonsai owners. A few simple rules need to be followed for the bonsai to grow and thrive well.

Buying a Bonsai

The first step to having a good Japanese bonsai is to buy the correct and healthy one. There are many different varieties to choose from. One bonsai that is pleasant looking is the red leaves bonsai as it will bloom red leaves in the summer but it is ultimately up to the owner’s choice.

When buying from a store, make sure that they are at least 4 inches in diameter. It is easier to style and shape the bonsai when the bonsai is at this length. Be sure to check the foliage for any signs of damage or holes which can come from pest infection or diseases. One good thing about this species is that they are more affordable than other species.


Provide the bonsai with adequate sunlight. Japanese bonsai dehydrate quite easily so be sure to keep the sunlight in moderation. When exposing it to direct sunlight, make sure to do it gradually so that the new bonsai can get used to the sunlight.

You may want to shine two hours on day one and slowly increase the time of exposure the next day. After exposing, be sure to check that the bonsai is not dehydrated. The best time for exposure will be from dawn to noon. Avoid midday because the sunlight will be too hot for the bonsai to bear.

During times when sunlight is not available, replace it with fluorescent light. Be sure to place the artificial light source at least six inches away from the plant.


The Japanese Bonsai will also need to be provided with enough water. A good watering technique is to water from the top rather than directly at the soil. This can help remove impurities from the soil when the water begins to seep through the container’s bottom hole.

Growing a Japanese bonsai should not be too difficult provided that everything is done in moderation. Remember that the key to having a healthy Japanese Bonsai is consistent effort and patience. The indication of a thriving bonsai is when it rewards its owner with beautiful and colourful foliage.


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