Growing your own Bonsai trees can be a rewarding hobby. Bonsais can become miniature masterpieces that you and others admire. To start out learning how to grow a bonsai tree, you need to get your hands on the proper tools. There are many starter kits available, as well as books that can help you.
When growing your bonsai trees, you need to give them regular meals, about one square inch per day. You should also feed your trees with fertilizer every other week. For feeding your trees, you can use a balanced garden spray, liquid fertilizer or organic mulch.
The amount of sunlight your Bonsai trees require is a matter of personal choice. Do you live in a sunny location? Then you will need more sunlight than someone who lives in a shaded area. How much do you want the extra sunlight? This will depend in large part on the type of Bonsai you have. Many indoor bonsai trees are successfully maintained with three to four hours of daylight per day.
Since the process of training your bonsai tree to grow can take months, you need to plan your activities carefully. Do not over water your bonsai trees. Too much water can cause root rot, and it can make it difficult to prune the branches. Watering once a week is usually sufficient for most bonsai beginners. It is especially important not to drown the roots of your bonsai tree during the winter months when it snows and freezes over.
How to grow a bonsai tree can be confusing for people who have no experience at all. If you have never grown bonsai before you may find that it is too much work. This is why beginners should look for a book that teaches you all you need to know about bonsai gardening. The information in these books can help you avoid making common mistakes that could get you into trouble.
If you live in a warm part of the country or where the seasons change quickly, you should place your bonsai tree in a window that has full sunlight all day. The sunlight will provide the bonsai with much needed vitamin C, which it needs to produce new growth. In the winter months, when it is cold outside, it is recommended that you place your bonsai tree in a room with little or no sunlight. Instead, place it in a dark room or place it in an area with a window that opens. The sunlight will allow the bonsai tree much needed exposure to the sun.
Bonsai can be grown indoors, in the yard, or outdoors, although beginners should avoid indoor growing conditions if at all possible. It is also important to make sure that the bonsai tree receives plenty of light and that it has either consistent, full sun or indirect, partial sun. Direct sunlight can often kill bonsai trees, so it is better to avoid this type of lighting. Indirect sunlight can cause the leaves of the bonsai tree to turn color, but the foliage generally remains green. Neither type is desirable, especially for a beginner.
Bonsai require a lot of care, not just as ordinary plants, but as bonsai trees themselves. They grow by feeding the soil, taking care not to drown it, and by draining excess water from the roots. For bonsai beginners, it is important that they understand how much water they should give the tree, how often they should water the bonsai itself, and how much fertilizer should be added. Some bonsai trees may have special watering requirements that need to be met. It is important to follow the instructions on the packaging to ensure proper care of the plant.