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.
All about fertilising a Bonsai
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.
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.