Bonsai Plant Care

Basics of Watering

Bonsai plant care is an art as well as a science in itself. There are several aspects to bonsai care and it is very important to understand the effects of each one on the overall health of the bonsai plant.

One of the most important aspects of bonsai care is watering. In this article we would give you a few of the general guidelines that you may use to water your bonsai plant.

Having the right set of tools to water your bonsai plant is very important. It will help you get maximum result out of your watering schedules with the minimum effort. Having the right set of tools will also ensure that you do less damage to your plant while carrying out the watering exercise.

Using a hose or a watering can with long neck and a rose head would ensure that the water does not cause too much displacement of the soil in the bonsai pot. You could also consider using an automatic watering system or a drip feeding system, in case you have lots of bonsai plants in your collection. Set the jet speed and the frequency of watering properly.

The frequency and amount of water that a bonsai plant needs depends upon the climatic conditions and the type of bonsai tree. It is of paramount importance that you understand these needs for proper bonsai plant care.

For example in temperate climates you should consider watering your bonsai plant once every week during the spring season. Towards the end of the spring season, the frequency of watering should be increased to around twice a week. And once the summer season is in effect, the frequency of watering can be increased to once a day, and even to twice a day during the peak summer season. During the winter season the bonsai plants do not need frequent watering and you should consider watering your plant only when you find the soil completely dry.

If you are growing bonsai plants in a hot climate, then you would have to follow a different regimen of bonsai plant care. During the winter seasons the tree apparently looses out most of the foliage, and during this period you may still need to water the plants as the roots need water to survive and shoot back to life once the winter is over.

Misting is the most recommended approach for watering bonsai plants. The basic theory behind misting is to mock the effect of light rain. Misting is proven to have very good effect on the bonsai plant. Ideally you should use chlorine free water to carry out the misting exercise. Presence of lime or chlorine in the water is detrimental to the overall health of the plant and could cause fatal damage.

Anybody concerned about bonsai plant care needs to be vigilant of these aspects of watering bonsai. At the least this approach will make you stay on the right track to grow a healthy bonsai.

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