How to Care For Bonsai Trees
Many people find themselves wondering how to care for bonsai trees when they have been given a tree as a gift. There is no arguing that bonsai trees make wonderful gifts, but they do require a unique type of care and attention that may be more than the person may be able to give.
If you are thinking of giving a bonsai as a gift or if you have just received one and are wondering how to go about caring for a bonsai tree, here are some pointers on how to care for bonsai trees that you may want to consider.
Bonsai trees are basically miniature trees and therefore require plenty of fresh air and sunshine just like any tree. Because of their shallow root system, they also need some protection from the harsher elements. Bonsai trees can be kept inside, (this is a whole other topic) however, as for all trees, outdoors is best for the health and longevity of the tree.
Does the potential owner have a suitable environment to keep their bonsai tree?
It takes some time everyday to water and attend to a bonsai tree. The porous nature of the soil requires that the tree be thoroughly soaked, usually daily, sometimes twice a day in summer. If this is not attended to regularly the tree will quickly dehydrate and perish. This is the most common cause of death of bonsai trees and therefore the most important consideration.
Does the potential owner have the time to dedicate to caring for a bonsai tree on a daily basis? Do they travel regularly?
Time is probably the biggest factor to consider, because apart from the daily watering, there are other elements of caring for a bonsai tree that take time. Fertilizing the tree, ensuring that the soil is the right blend of organic and inorganic materials for the tree and the climate of the area that it is kept in. Providing protection for the root system of the tree in freezing temperatures, monitoring the bonsai for signs of pests and diseases and treating any problems that do arise.
And, of course, the most important feature of the bonsai tree, maintaining its miniature stature by regular grooming. This involves pruning of the roots and branches, (particularly if the tree becomes rootbound), repotting it, and pinching the small buds as the tree begins to bloom, along with wiring it, so that the shape can be maintained or altered into the style that you wish it to grow in.
So, does the possible recipient have such time and even inclination to provide such care? Do they have the means to purchase the necessary fertilizer, soil, pots, grooming tools etc to carry out that care?
Please don't be alarmed, or put off the idea of giving (or receiving) a bonsai tree Owning a bonsai tree is a terrific pastime and even relaxing and therapeutic for the owner. It is just worth considering these factors of how to care for bonsai trees when making your decision so that such enjoyment can be gained from the gift and your efforts (and money) won't be wasted If you think, now that you have some idea about how to care for bonsai trees, that your friend would enjoy caring for such a beautiful gift, go ahead and get them a bonsai tree. It is a very rewarding and satisfying pursuit and your friend will thank you for introducing them to it