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Bonsai Guide – How to Buy and Raise a Bonsai

Owning a bonsai plant can be daunting for the beginner. There is a lot that you need to keep in mind when raising and training a bonsai plant. As the bonsai grows in a small pot, they tend to be more delicate than the trees that are found growing naturally outdoors. Because of this, beginners are sometimes overwhelmed by the things they need to do to ensure their bonsai plant survives.

A few things you need to remember about a bonsai plant

There are only a few things that a beginner to raising a bonsai plant needs to remember. A bonsai plant thrives best outdoors. While they can be brought inside for display, it is best to leave the plants outdoors as frequently as possible. This will ensure that the bonsai plant can go into dormancy when it is required. Dormancy is a stage where the plant goes into hibernation and recovers from any damage done to it during the growing seasons. This stage is vital for the survival of a bonsai plant, and many plants will die after several months if they cannot go into dormancy.

Selecting a tree is often the most enlightening experience for any bonsai hobbyist. No matter where a potential bonsai, or “Poten-sai,” is acquired, the hobbyist can spend hours analyzing and designing the tree in their head, even before it’s purchased or dug up.

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Pay attention to how you water a Bonsai

Once you have ensured your bonsai plant has the right growing environment, it is important that you water it properly. Because the bonsai plant grows in a small, crowded pot, the watering needs are much more specific to the bonsai than they are to the ground grown tree. You need to be able to mimic the natural conditions of the bonsai plant as it is in the wild without over watering the plant. Letting the bonsai plant dry out too much is also a common problem, which can be as damaging as over watering the plant. Striking a good balance will take effort for the beginner, but once you have learned how to care for your bonsai plant, it will become easy and automatic.


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Find the right type of bonsai for indoor growing

If you live in a region that is not conducive for the growth of a bonsai plant, there are some varieties of trees that can be grown indoors. These trees tend to be tropical, liking a static temperature and constant amount of sunlight year round. These trees are good for beginners, as they are typically hardy and will tolerate some errors in learning. If you are interested in growing a bonsai plant for the first time, investing in a tropical tree may be the route for you.

Now that you’ve bought or cultivated a tree, let’s get started with shaping and styling it. This is the creative and fun part of growing Bonsai, but it’s also the most challenging part. Although it takes decades to master and refine techniques like pruning and wiring to keep trees miniaturized, some basics can be learned quite easily. We’ll start with the basics of pruning and wiring, but make sure to read the “styling” section for more detailed information.

You can learn about your bonsai plant online, or you can inquire for more information from a bonsai nursery. Many hobbyists are social about the care of their plants, and will often share their resources.


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