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I’m a beginner and would like some tips

If you’re new to the world of bonsai, then we are so glad you have joined us! Here are some Do’s and Don’ts to help you get started:

Do’sDont’s
Do check your bonsai daily for waterDon’t let your bonsai dry out or get too wet
Do water when the soil is just damp to the touchDon’t leave your bonsai standing in a container of water for a prolonged period of time
Do keep your bonsai well-pruned, as this encourages new buds to formDon’t cover the soil surface with pebbles or gravel, as this makes it hard to tell when the bonsai needs watering
Do position your bonsai somewhere in a bright location, avoiding hot object such as radiators.Don’t leave your bonsai on a hot windowsill during summer
Do repot your bonsai every 1 – 5 yearsDon’t repot your bonsai if it isn’t looking too great
Do feed indoor bonsai weekly, and weekly during the summer for outdoor bonsaiDon’t feed your bonsai if it is struggling
Do spray your bonsai regularly with a tested insecticide, and spray under the leaves as well as on topDon’t spray your bonsai with vinegar – we have noticed a lot of blogs and pages recommending this, but it will kill the leaves
Do check out our care pages, which include loads of great information and helpful videosDon’t believe everything you read online – there is a lot of misinformation about caring for bonsai online, and a lot of this can actually cause your bonsai to suffer

The 4 most important things for a bonsai:

  1. Water – watering is the most important part of caring for a bonsai. Please ensure that the soil is kept just damp at all times.
  2. Light – no plant is able to grow without natural daylight. Please ensure that your bonsai gets plenty of sunlight throughout the day.
  3. Food – bonsai are reliant on us for everything, so we need to make sure they get all the nutrients they need.
  4. Temperature – indoor bonsai in particular like to be kept at roughly room temperature. If they get cold, they can often drop their leaves and struggle to grow. If they get too hot, they can dry out.

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