Imperial bonsai are not what they sound like. These trees are not from China or some other Asian country. They are actually the exotic shrub or tree that is most often kept indoors as a houseplant and not cared for much other than to watch them change color during certain seasons. They are considered by many to be a cross between a tropical fruit tree and a temperate tree.
The reason these trees are not as well known is because most of us do not have a large amount of room in our homes to grow them. It would be very impractical to try to grow an imperial bonsai indoors, unless you live in a small apartment. Most places that sell these exotic shrubs or trees do not do them much good if you do not keep them indoors. If you are looking to grow one of these trees as a houseplant then you can keep it in a sunny window all year long.
The first thing to know about this beautiful bonsai is that it is most often called a Shohin (traditional name) or Tancho (modern name). There are three classifications of this tree and they are known as the shohin, Han-chi and ho-kin. The showing is the most popular of the three and is most often used to refer to the common name size class tree height. This is the type of tree that will give you the most variety as well as most traditional looks.
Imperial bonsai trees come from Japan and China and are not from Hawaii or other tropical areas. There are two things you can do to keep your bonsai tree healthy during the different seasons that it grows. First you can prune your tree often to make it grow into a larger size. The second is that you should trim back any branches that grow out of control. You should only trim back any branches that are touching the tree’s roots and can easily be removed.
Some of the different types of trees that can be kept as bonsais are the Shoho, Keishi, Hida and Kohaku. All of these are classifications of bonsai that having one root and grow from just one part of the plant. These are the most traditional types of trees that people keep for their gardens.
There are several methods that can be used to train a Shoho into a bonsai tree. If you are trying to grow a larger tree then pruning is one way to do this. When the base of the tree is not growing too fast then you can cut back any branches that are touching the base. You will want to cut back about half of the branch so that the tree will grow into a nice shape.
If you are looking to grow some smaller bonsai trees then you may use the same method of pruning as you would with the larger ones. The reason that you want to cut back some of the branches is so the tree will become bushy. Some of the best bonsai trees in the world are the ones that are naturally wild such as the Shizuishi. You can even buy seeds for these naturally growing bonsai trees at your local nursery. If you have never tried growing a bonsai tree before then this may be one of the easiest ways to get started.
In order to keep your bonsai trees healthy, you will want to give them the care that they need. Imperial bonsai trees should be taken care of similar to how you would take care of a normal tree in your home. A daily watering schedule is recommended and you will want to give them the nutrients that they need to stay healthy. If you find that your bonsai tree is not eating or if it seems to be losing its leaves then it is time to give it some attention.