General bonsai advice

General advice about bonsai trees


We recommend that all indoor bonsai are placed on a drip tray or saucer (frequently called a humidity tray). Please ensure that the bonsai does not actually sit in water. The purpose of the drip tray is to stop water from damaging your furniture during watering and if a small amount of water is left in the tray, this will help to maintain the humidity around the bonsai. This is particularly important during winter months when the central heating is on and the air is dry.

The humdity around the bonsai can also be maintained by misting the foliage daily with a mister. This is in addition to watering the soil.

At Bonsai Direct we also spray once a week with a plant invigorator. A plant invigorator is highly recommended as a preventative measure against pest and disease and also to helps promote growth.

2 thoughts on “General bonsai advice”

  • Abi

    The soil around my bonsai tree is completely covered in some sort of green moss. I can't see any soil and the green is sort of little leaves. Is this ok? It's been like it for a while and the tree seems quite happy.
    I am considering re-potting it but don't know what to do about this mysterious green stuff. Please help!

    • bonsaidirect

      Dear Abi,
      If it is green moss this is absolutely fine. If the leaf like things are lying flat on the soil then I suspect you have liverwort - this can just be scraped off with your fingers and the soil top dressed with some fresh soil.
      I hope this helps
      all the best
      Bonsai Direct Team

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