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Caring For Your Bonsai


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Once you learn to care for your Bonsai, it will bring you joy for years...
Bonsai care is more than just making sure your tree receives enough water. For Bonsai are unlike other plants where watering every couple of days or a little plant food now and then is all you have to worry about. The joy of purchasing a bonsai tree, is that there is an artistic challenge in properly caring for it.

Because the very essence of a bonsai tree is to keep them a miniature size, the base they dwell in cannot be very large. In fact, part of what causes normal trees to become dwarfed trees is the root confining nature of their containers. Because of this, keeping up with the watering of a bonsai tree can be quite a conundrum. Bonsai care deals with much trial and error; while some types of trees can handle a somewhat dry period, others must have moist soil all the time. Too little watering can cause the roots to die out whereas too much watering can cause root rot. Learning the water cycle of your particular tree or shrub species in Bonsai form is a must.

Bonsai care also deals with the repotting of the tree. Usually done in the springtime, the tree is uprooted, root-pruned, and repotted. In the developmental years, the repotting process usually occurs every two years. But this time frame shrinks as they become more mature and repotting must take place more often. The process of repotting conditions the tree to soak up moisture more efficiently and the root-pruning promotes active root growth and activity.

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Most plants are allowed to grow as they will with an occasional pruning, but as any horticulturist would tell you, the care of Bonsai trees demand more. Part of the artistic beauty that arises from Bonsai is directing the growth of your bonsai tree into a particular shape or form. Bonsai care includes the placement of wires to create the shape that you desire. The process of wiring your tree is subtly simple - first wrapping the tree and then wrapping the wire around the trunk. The wire must be removed before the bonsai tree outgrows, otherwise the tree will begin to grow into the wire, becoming bound to it. When removing the wire, remove it in small pieces or sections so that the least amount of damage is incurred.

Bonsai care is not a dreadful ordeal, quite the contrary; taking some simple efforts into consideration, your skills will be honed and you will groom a healthy bonsai tree. From the watering to the repotting to the shaping of the bonsai tree, the care you take for each task for your tree will determine its lifespan. Treat it with the same respect you would show your other plants and trees and other types of life, and you will have a healthy bonsai tree for years to come to display to friends and family.


News About Bonsai Care


ABC Newspapers

Garden Views: Caring for your outdoor Bonsai tree
ABC Newspapers
This Christmas I received the gift of a bonsai tree, a rather daunting gift as I had no idea how to care for it. My only experience with bonsai was from watching the movie “The Karate Kid” where Mr. Miyagi uses caring for bonsai to teach life lessons ...



The Seattle Times

Aarin Packard's cool job at Pacific Bonsai Museum
The Seattle Times
Caring for bonsai satisfies my human need to connect with nature on a daily basis. It also connects me to the past, present and future as I learn of those who cared for them before me; I see how our visitors respond to them now, and I know my care will ...



KATU

Oregon woman guilty of neglecting horses, goats, llamas
KATU
(AP) — An Oregon woman pleaded guilty to animal neglect after authorities say she didn't provide sufficient care for her goats, horses and llamas. The Statesman Journal reports prosecutors dropped felony charges against Donna Dovey in exchange for her ...

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Philly.com

Bonsai master takes hobbit-size trees to Philadelphia Flower Show
Philly.com
Bonsai master Chase Rosade, 82, prunes a Japanese maple bonsai in his New Hope studio March 8, 2017, next to a Japanese white pine. He started the ...

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KATU

20 cats rescued from elderly couple's derelict St Johns home | KATU
KATU
The Oregon Humane Society is taking care of 20 cats that were rescued from an elderly couple's derelict home in St Johns.The couple had intially only had ...

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LancasterOnline

Frank W. Thomas "IT'S BEEN A WONDERFUL LIFE"
LancasterOnline
Frank W. Thomas, 89, of Lancaster, completed his Ultimate Journey on Friday, March 10, 2017 at his residence after a brief illness surrounded by his loving family. Born in Williamsport, PA, he was the son of the late Frank W., Sr. and Beryl Welch ...



Times Colonist

Helen Chesnut: Purple snow pea works well in container garden
Times Colonist
A new, dwarf snow pea called Snow Pea Purple (T&T Seeds, W.H. Perron), recommended for growing in containers, has beautiful bicoloured flowers that are similar to those of Carouby de Mausanne (Salt Spring Seeds), an heirloom snow pea that produces ...



Scranton Times-Tribune

Garden center cultivates the art of bonsai - Business - The Times ...
Scranton Times-Tribune
Earl Talarico learned plenty about classic American diner food from his parents, who owned the former Family Affair Restaurant in Taylor. (read more).

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Times Daily

Community Listings
Times Daily
Shoals Bonsai Society, 6-9 p.m., third Monday, Grady Richards Center, Riverview Drive, Florence. Dues charged. .... Even Start, free GED preparation and parenting education with transportation, meals and child care no cost. For low-income families with ...

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KATU

Mom says 4-year-old son passed away after being put to sleep during dental procedure
KATU
There are times when the use of general anesthesia is necessary to provide quality dental care for children. We have performed dentistry for pediatric patients under deep sedation and general anesthesia more than 1,900 times without incident in the ...

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Bonsai Tree Care and Creation -- Chinese Elm Bonsai Tree

Ongoing creation work on an old Chinese Elm bonsai. Branch pruning and wiring for future ramification. For more information, please visit kuromatsubonsai.com