Bonsai are symbolic of harmony with nature, as they bring the beauty of full-size trees indoors in miniature form. Some people consider growing bonsai to be an art form. Others find it to be relaxing or even a form of meditation. As a result, many new growers are intimidated by the prospects of trying to raise a bonsai, but you don’t need to be! Following these steps makes getting started with a bonsai easy:
Step 1: Consider a Serious Shortcut. You don’t have to start growing a bonsai from seed to enjoy the satisfaction of caring for one. Purchasing a mature bonsai in a decorative planter like our Medium Juniper Bonsai can give you a jump-start and instant green gratification.
Step 2: Simplify Seed Starting. If you want to grow your own bonsai from start to finish, using a Bonsai Box Starter Kit will make the prep process easy. These kits include the seeds, the optimal growing medium, the planting container and the bonsai seeds needed to begin. Kits also come with care instructions that can help you get the best results from your seeds.
Step 3: Choose Your Bonsai Type. There are many different plants that make lovely bonsai, and there are three main types. If you want the look of a miniature tree, a juniper, Japanese elm or Japanese pine is a great choice. If you want a bonsai that will add color to your space, consider a flowering plant like an azalea or crepe myrtle.
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Guidelines for Caring for Your Bonsai
Whether you purchase a bonsai seed kit or buy a mature plant to care for, these care guidelines will help your bonsai grow at its best:
- Watering. Giving your bonsai too much water will stymy its growth, but you should never let the soil become completely dry either. Test the root level of the soil with your finger and add water whenever the soil begins to feel only slightly damp.
- Temperature. The type of bonsai that you choose will dictate what temperature is best for your tree; however, most indoor bonsais will do fine at comfortable room temperature. Make sure to keep your bonsai away from vents, as direct exposure to heat or air conditioning could harm your plant.
- Light. Most bonsai trees require a lot of light and will do best when they can be placed in a window that faces due south. Using a small tabletop grow light can help to support growing if you’re not able to keep your bonsai in a sunny spot.
- Fertilizing. If you want to keep your bonsai growing green, you should fertilize it regularly. Special bonsai fertilizers that provide a healthy dose of nitrogen will give you the best results. Be sure to closely follow the instructions on the packaging to avoid over or underfeeding your bonsai.
At GivingPlants, we have a large assortment of bonsai trees that you can bring home and start caring for right away and bonsai growing kits that will allow you to easily start seeds from scratch. Shop our selection of Bonsai Plants and Trees and pick out the perfect bonsai to bring harmony to your home.
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