Caring For Bonsai Trees
Tips on caring for bonsai trees, that you can make use of right away.
Well let us first clear a few myths, there is no tailor made answer for how to care for your bonsai tree.
The exact caring techniques that you would need to follow will vary according to the type of tree you are growing, the climate of the region you are staying in, the age of the tree, the time of the year and lots of other factors.
Having said this though, there are certain basic guidelines that will help you in caring for bonsai trees.
In the beginning of a year as the winter starts to retreat and the spring season sets in, it signals the start of the growing season for the plants.
Repot your trees during the early spring season, just before the growth starts. By the time the spring season comes to an end, you will have new growth on your trees and this will call for some pruning and plucking activities.
Also wire your trees during the late spring season. During this time the new growth will not have hardened and it will make wiring easier. Use a thick aluminum wire to tie your tree to the pot, so that it won’t get dislodged by strong winds. Plant some moss on the top of the soil in the pot.
Start feeding you trees, once the new leaves are full open, with a low nitrogen feed.
Summer is time when there wont be much things to accomplish in your to do list of caring for bonsai trees. During the summer seasons pay extra attention to watering your bonsai plant, and never allow it to go dry completely.
Keep your newly potted trees away from direct sunlight. Most of the plants go into a state of dormancy during this period, so do not feed them as much you would during the growing season.
If you are growing maples or elms then defoliate during the summer season, this will promote new growth. During the middle of the summer season do not feed you trees as the growth is sluggish.
While caring for bonsai trees, you will need to pay extra care and attention during the winter season. Protect your bonsai from wind and frost.
If you are living in a windy region then protect your bonsai using a net, and bring them indoors during the nights when temperatures fall below freezing. While keeping your bonsai indoors, do not place it very close to the fireplace or near an electric oven. The heat would devoid the plant of moisture, and this will prove to be detrimental to the plants health.
Your main task during the winters is to protect your bonsai from frost. If the moisture in the soil freezes then you can see serious repercussions on the health of the bonsai plant. Late winter is s a good time to repot pines and evergreen trees. Trees do not need a lot of feeding during the winter seasons.
Apart from following these basic pointers of caring for bonsai trees, you should try and understand the exact requirements of the species you are growing and then tune your caring schedule. This will definitely help you in ensuring good health for your bonsai plant.
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