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Taking Care of a Braided Money Bonsai Tree

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The multi-trunk, Ficus Benjamina Tree, a bonsai of beauty...
by Keith Markensen

A Braided Money Bonsai Tree is a bonsai that is not one plant, but multiple plants grown in the same pot. It is a lovely and rare look that can make an outstanding addition to any room in your home.

This tree is composed of several trunks that wind around each other, it can reach heights anywhere from a foot tall or more. The typical bonsai version is around a foot tall. The fuller sized trees can tower up to seven feet tall.

The Ficus is a popular choice to be made into a Braided Money Bonsai Tree. In particular, the Ficus Benjamina Monique Tree or Weeping Fig is an excellent choice in creating this unusual bonsai. Plenty of lovely green foliage tops this plant, making for a package that is a decorator's dream come true. The bonsai style of this plant, makes it an ideal addition to the indoor garden environment.

Taking care of any type of bonsai plant requires time and planning. By incorporating some simple tips, your Braided Money Tree will thrive for years. Growing one from a several seedlings requires expert knowledge, and will take years of thoughtful care to grow to its maximum potential. This is certainly a challenge for a more experienced bonsai grower. Still the beginner can purchase a Braided Money Bonsai, and learn as it grows. < Br>
If you cannot find a Ficus Benjamina Monique, then a Hawaiian Umbrella Braided Twist Bonsai Tree is another good choice. And check out the video below which shows how to get a Macadamia Nut Braided Money Bonsai Tree started.

With any bonsai plant, watering is crucial. Most bonsai like to have plenty of water, but proper water drainage is key. This is maintained by two very important factors: soil and the pot.

Hawaiian Umbrella Braided Twist Bonsai Tree   (Arboricola Schefflera)

Hawaiian Umbrella Braided Twist Bonsai Tree (Arboricola Schefflera)

This is the tree that we recommend if you are inexperienced with bonsai or you do not have a green thumb. In our opinion it is one of the easiest bonsai trees to care for and is a very beautiful "trouble-free" evergreen. If you don't know which tree to purchase as a gift for someone, this is the tree to select. This versatile tree is great for home, office, dorm or anywhere and does well in lower or higher lighting conditions. We grow three trees in a pot and braid them together to form the trunk of this unique tree that features tiny umbrella shaped leaves forming a dense green canopy. Very popular and easy indoor care.

The soil should contain a mixture of earth and small gravel pebbles which lie in the pot with one or more drain holes. These holes need to be covered with mesh, to allow the water to flow freely but retain the soil. You can also add some river sand to the mixture, to create porous areas in the soil which aid in draining. Some bonsai even grow well in a mix of peat, vermiculite and perlite.

The Ficus variety of the Braided Money Bonsai Tree prefers much less water than other plants. Once a week is sufficient. Some do well on as little as a cup of water per month, but the amount varies with the pot size and soil composition. Misting the plant is also another recommendation. It helps the plant leaves get extra moisture and keeps them free of dust.

The soil in the pot, should be allowed to dry completely out before another watering. There are several ways to realize if the amount of water is adequate. If the plants leaves become droopy and yellow, this is a sign of too much water. When the leaves are wrinkly and curled up, this means you are not watering it enough.

The Ficus variety Braided Money Tree just like a normal weeping fig tree requires a medium amount of sunlight. Indirect light is best, but a few hours in the direct sunshine if fine, making sure the area does not become overly hot. A corner that gets some sun and shade, is the ideal location. Being a native of a wet, hot region, the plant will not fare well when temperatures drop. If you keep the plant outside on the porch, you need to remember to bring it inside when the temperatures drop below 50 degrees.

It is unnecessary to give the Ficus tree fertilizer, specifically in the bonsai plant size and style. The new soil that you use when repotting should be suffeicient to keep the bonsai tree healthy. Trimming the dead leaves and providing plenty of fresh air, will allow your Braided Money Bonsai Tree to live for many years.

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