An Imperial Bonsai is not always that easy to take care of, no matter how old it is. Some people give up on them immediately due to how hard they are to keep up. However, you can really care for these kinds of tiny trees. If you see that you’re having problems with your tree, there are several things you can do in order to make it look better and make it simpler for you to take care of it in the future.
Imperial bonsai trees are usually around a meter or two in height. They grow up to about three to four centimeters in diameter, so you need to start off with a proper container. You should be able to have enough room to move about inside the container. Anything smaller would probably pose a danger to your new bonsai.
When choosing your container, you need to know the best type of container for the tree size classification. The best ones are actually the traditional square ones but you should also consider using the round ones since they fit in most corners. There are also those that come in triangular or hexagonal shapes. Make sure to purchase one that is the right size for your tree.
The second step that you need to do is pruning. Your bonsai tree grows up to about three to four centimeters in size and therefore you should prune it once every couple of years. Do this in the late summer or early fall. The reason for pruning is to remove some of the dead branches so that new growth will take its place. New growth at this point will be thicker so it will be easier for the tree to develop strong roots.
Another important maintenance task that needs to be done is trimming. Branches that spread out significantly should be trimmed to keep them from growing larger and out of control. You can actually use these small miniature bonsai trees as planters because their roots will not grow too far. Just remember that it is essential to keep them trimmed. Otherwise they will take over your yard.
The third thing that you need to do is to repot. If you haven’t noticed by now, miniature trees actually require repotting. You should have at least one or two miniature bonsai trees on your property. The reason why you have to repot them is because they grow very fast. Within just a few years their roots can become large and clog your drainage system or water pump.
If you plan to train your Imperial bonsai tree, you should always keep in mind that you should do it in medium bonsai tree sizes. This is the perfect time to repot them. If you wait too long before reporting them, you might never be able to get them into the shape that you want. They will actually shrink in size. In fact, you might be surprised when you get them home and notice how much smaller they are compared to the original size.
If you plan to keep your miniature tree indoors, it is also very important that you keep their soil at a perfect moisture level. Not having the right moisture level can cause for them to develop fungus and mold. This fungus and mold will create for your Imperial bonsai tree grows poorly. As a result, they will become weak and even die if left in their home. It is very important that you change the soil that you use on your shohin bonsai trees every few months.