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Caring for Bonsai from China and Japan


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Every home should have a bonsai plant or two, but how do you care for these mysterious plants from Asia?
Bonsai plants cultivated in Japan or China require special care and treatment to grow effectively. Bonsai plants form miniature trees and shrubs. As these plants age, with care and direction, they become valuable and graceful.

If you are not yet be ready to start you own bonsai from scratch, that should not stop you from purchasing a bonsai tree. These plants exude an elegant beauty that alone can enhance any room. And they will provide years of calmness to your life as you direct the growth of your plant. So it is important that you understand how these plants are cared for.

The bonsai trees or shrubs from Japan and China require water, fertilization, sunlight, mist, etc. To help you learn a few steps in caring for your bonsai let's start with watering your plant.

How to water bonsai:  The soil for Bonsai trees is designed to drain quickly. Why? Because roots are routinely trimmed, they do not tolerate water as well as your common houseplants. Additionally, bonsai typically require less soil than common houseplants. Because the trees drain quickly, bonsai require more frequent watering. But the exact amount of water you pour in and how often will be infuenced by the soil, light, location, and weather condition, and average temperature the plant is dealing with.

A key to determining how you water is to focus on the foliage. If the tree feels light after testing the moisture content of the soil, the tree will need water. You can purchase a water meters to test soil moisture to help maintain your bonsai plant.

Bonsai like all houseplants require fertilizer. Again, since bonsai have less soil to draw nutrients from, you will need to fertilize the plant often. During the spring you can lightly fertilize your bonsai, however during the fall season you will want to increase this feeding. What kind of fertilizer should you use for the healthiest growth of your bonsai? Look for fertilizers that contain potash, nitrogen, chelated iron, and phosphoric acids. The use of Superthrive Vitamins and Hormones - 4 oz., a vitamin and plant hormone tonic/supplement is highly recomended as well. Before you add any fertilizer, be sure that you water your bonsai first.
Japanese Kingsville Boxwood Bonsai Tree  (buxus microphylla compacta)

Japanese Kingsville Boxwood Bonsai Tree (buxus microphylla compacta)

Native to Japan the Kingsville Boxwood is an extremely slow growing tree. It has the smallest leaf of all Boxwoods which is why it is sought after for bonsai. The Kingsville Boxwood is an evergreen tree with light green leaves and has excellent branching characteristics. A great indoor bonsai tree recommended by the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens.




Most Bonsai trees require direct sunlight. The sunlight should come from south, west, and east for the best results. During winter months, you can use indoor growing light, but bonsai grow best with natural light. Misting your bonsai tree is a good idea as well. Japanese and Chinese bonsai trees can handle humidity beyond what we can stand indoors. You can purchase a tray, and add water at the bottom, set your bonsai pot into the tray. Doing this will raise the humidity around the plant. Be sure to add a layer of gravel at the bottom of the tray so that the pot isn't sitting directly in the water. This will help prevent root rot.

How to trim your bonsai:  Trimming and pruning bonsai is your way of shaping and creating unique forms. This is one area where your artistic temperament comes into play. There is a symmetry in this work as you want the amount of growth of the root system to be consistent or match the growth above ground. Form and shape the bonsai to your liking, matching it to your personality and surroundings. You will need sharp shears or scissors to trim your tree. Light branches and foliage is best removed with shears designed to handle bonsai pruning and trimming. Concave cutters are ideal if you have heavier shrub growth. In fact, if all you have are the cutters that will be adequate for most of the trimming you will perform on your bonsai trees.

Bonsai trees need to be watched over. To keep you bonsai tree healthy, reduce insect infestations from and prevent illness provide plenty of sunlight and ventilation. Clean your plant often, dusting the leaves. And remove any debris in the soil, such as fallen leaves.

Chosing a bonsai soil:  The Bonsai soil you use to plant your bonsai in depends upon the species of tree or plant you are working with. There is specialized soil for conifers ( Bonsai Conifer Soil Mix - 2 lbs. ) as well a tropical and subtropical species ( Tropical/Subtropical Mix Bonsai Soil 10 lbs. ). And there are other specialized soil mixtures ( Professional Bonsai Soil - 2 lbs. (1 Qt.)).

When adding soil to a planted bonsai, be sure to shield the drainage openings. At some point you will need to repot your bonsai tree. Even though these are dwarf trees, they will get bigger and outgrow their currant containers. Therefore, you will be purchasing new pots as needed. When you see that the tree is becoming larger than the pot, it is time to transfer it to a larger container. Give your bonsai room to grow over the many years that it will be a part of your life.


News About Japanese Bonsai Trees


The Japan News

Intl bonsai convention back in Japan after 28 yrs
The Japan News
Masahiko Kimura, executive director of Nippon Bonsai Association in Japan, gave a demonstration of his techniques. During the four-day event through Sunday, bonsai demonstrations by artists from Japan and abroad will take place. Bonsai trees that are ...
VOX POPULI: If only we could be as calm and collected as a work of bonsaiAsahi Shimbun

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ABC Online

Japan's ancient art of bonsai threatened by waning interest among youth
ABC Online
"When I first saw a bonsai tree it reminded me instantly of the view and smell of the mountain where I played in Tokushima when I was young. That's how I entered the bonsai world," he says. At 35, he's one of the youngest masters practising the craft ...

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Listening to the Voices of Trees: The Bonsai World of Kawabe Takeo
Nippon.com
Bonsai in Japan isn't really thriving at the moment,” Kawabe said some years ago. “It often happens that when Japanese things become recognized overseas, that interest can spark a renewal of popularity back home in Japan. That is what happened with ...



Nikkei Asian Review

Sushi, guided taxis and Tsukiji market top Live Japan Awards
Nikkei Asian Review
Tokyo Sushi-Making Tour in Adachi Ward and Shunkaen Bonsai Museum in Edogawa Ward ranked well in the category of Live Japan Staff Recommendation. According to data from the Japan National Tourism Organization, a record 24,039,000 people from ...



The Hindu

For the love of 'bonsai' - The Hindu
The Hindu
Members of the decade old Visakha Bonsai Welfare Society speak about their passion for this ancient Japanese art.

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Colorado College News

Andrew Scherffius '17 Selected to JET Program
Colorado College News
Scherffius first became interested in Japan when he was 14 and visited a monastery, where Trappist monks practiced the Japanese art of bonsai. Eventually, the monks instructed him in the basics of bonsai, including the relevant history and philosophy.



The Hindu

For the love of 'bonsai' - Visakhapatnam - The Hindu
The Hindu
Members of the decade old Visakha Bonsai Welfare Society speak about their passion for this ancient Japanese art.

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BKLYNER

Preview Brooklyn Botanic Garden's Cherry Blossom Festival 2017 ...
BKLYNER
BKLYNER took a quick field trip last week to preview the cherry blossom/sakura trees at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden's beloved Cherry Esplanade, Cherry Walk, ...

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New Canaanite

2017 Sakura Matsuri – Japanese Cherry Blossom Festival
New Canaanite
The event will feature Traditional Okinawan Dance by Junko Fisher, Japanese Songs by Chris Janson, Taiko Drumming by UConn Taiko, Martial Arts Demonstration by Nazuka Karate, and Bonsai Display by Michael Pollock. In addition there will be cultural ...



Santa Cruz Sentinel

San Jose's Japanese-American festival celebrates 40th anniversary
Santa Cruz Sentinel
Coinciding with the 60th anniversary of San Jose's sister city program with Okayama, Japan, the popular cultural event attracted more than just the Japanese-American community. Organizers estimated that 12,000 people filtered in and out of the festival ...

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