Caring for a bonsai can seem daunting at first. There is so much conflicting information on the internet and it can make the art of bonsai seem much more complicated than it really is.
Your first tree is exciting, it’s a new experience which will hopefully turn into a passion. We have put together this quick guide to help you grow a healthy bonsai.
Watering, Feeding and Misting
Bonsai soil should be kept damp to the touch at all times; varieties such as the Oriental Tea Tree and Serissa like to be kept on the drier side of damp. You should check the soil multiple times a day, we usually say morning and evening to get yourself into the routine. You should also feed your bonsai once a week with a bonsai feed/fertiliser.
The leaves should be misted regularly to increase the humidity. You can mist with plain water, or our bonsai mist which helps to condition the leaves and deter pests.
Pruning, Weeding and Scraping
When the shoots start to look straggly and out of place, it is time to prune. Using a pair of bonsai scissors, trim the shoots back; the foliage “pads” should look neat and well defined. If you find that you have a few dead branches, trim them back to where they are still alive. Pruning the tree encourages back budding and helps the tree to grow.
It is important to weed your bonsai soil as and when needed. You can simply remove them with your hands or a tweezer tool does a fantastic job.
Scraping moss and algae from the soil surface is also incredibly important. A layer of moss/algae will affect sufficient water reaching the roots of the bonsai; you also cannot correctly judge if the soil is damp or not. Using a spatula or a blunt knife, scrape the layer off and top up the soil if necessary (you can use any good-quality soil).
We hope this post helps you in the future when caring for a bonsai, whether it is your own tree or a a tree you are looking after.
For more guidance and troubleshooting, check out our Bonsai Direct Care Handbook.
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