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All About the Bonsai

20th October 2017



 An ancient Japanese art form, Bonsai literally means to ‘plant in a tray’ and today can be applied to any tree or shrub grown in a ceramic pot, then trained or styled by clipping or wiring, or both.

Remember, a Bonsai is supposed to be a healthy tree (that will even grow to its normal size if planted back in the ground) and not a tortured or mistreated tree so commit to following these tips to keep your bonsai in top health.

Outdoor Versus Indoors

Outdoors, these tiny trees should receive around 4-5 hours of morning sun but many species of bonsai (Wild Fig, Brush Cherry, Serissa) can, with the right care, be kept indoors. Place it where it will receives lots of natural – but indirect – light. Keep away from windows, heaters and air conditioners. Take outside to spray dust off the leaves.

Watering tips

  • Never let your bonsai become bone dry or let the soil become sodden for long periods.               
  • In summer, water daily, until water comes out of the drainage holes of the pot. Place on a drip tray filled with gravel and water. Ensure the pot sits on the gravel but does not come in to contact with the water to avoid root rot.
  • Occasionally trees can be dunked in water for a few minutes. This ensures that the root base is watered thoroughly.

 All about fertilising a Bonsai

  • Feed deciduous trees once a month in growing season.
  • Feed evergreen trees once a month throughout the year.
  • Do not fertilise a sick tree.
  • Follow directions on package in order not to damage the tree.          

Pruning

If you care for your tree properly, it should grow and give new leaves and branches. Trim this new growth regularly to keep the tree in shape. Cut the new growth back to the original shape of the tree.

Repotting

Replace soil every 2-3 years in order to keep your tree healthy. If you do not know how to repot a bonsai, come in store and one of our horticulturalists will gladly assist you.

 

 

 

 

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