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Growing Bonsai Trees

from: Andrew Green

The essentials.

The first thing you should decide when considering growing
Bonsai Trees is what type of tree you want to grow. The type of
tree you want will determine not only the tree you should buy
but also the design of pot and the types of tools you may
require, and of course you should have the knowledge of growing
the particular type of Bonsai tree that you want. Not all Bonsai
trees demand the same attention. For instance draping trees will
need very different pruning to a conifer and so you should have
the knowledge to grow exactly what type of tree you want.

After this, it's time to prepare yourself; you will need the
appropriate tools and one good pot at the very least.


The tools you will need include various sizes of wire and wire
cutters, a small and large pair of scissors, a small pair of
sharp garden shears and larger pair of pruners to cut through
the thick branches.

Bonsai or not Bonsai?

Many places now sell Bonsai that are ready trained and have
grown into healthy but juvenile Bonsai. As long as you are
careful to pick a healthy and good looking tree then care,
attention and an eye for detail means you will be able to buy a
partially grown Bonsai and help it grow into a perfect full
blown Bonsai. However, should you decide to buy a full grown
tree or plant, then it is a good idea to visit the nurseries
that stock trained Bonsai. This way you can get an idea for what
type of tree you want and how they should look. It can be very
difficult to see past the shape the tree already has, but
remember when you want to train a tree to become your Bonsai
project you will be cutting most of the branches and foliage
away so it will look very dissimilar to how you first see it.
You need to have good vision for this method.


You can buy a Bonsai pot from virtually any plant shop, but make
sure it has adequate drainage and preferably has little feet on
it to allow the water to drain away and also allow a good level
of airflow. Using a soil consisting of half organic matter and
half grit will allow a good level of drainage while still giving
the plant the anchorage it will need in it's shallow pot.

Now cover the drainage holes in the bottom of your pot with a
wire screen in order to prevent the soil running out. Now place
a layer of grit down followed by the Bonsai soil. Now you should
shape your Bonsai how you want it. Place the wire around the
branches in a spiral shape, and gently bend the branches to the
exact shape you want them to grow in. Be careful, though, not to
break or snap any of the branches you shape. Next remove as much
of the soil from the root ball as you can but be sure to leave
as many of the fine feeder roots as possible and then plant your
Bonsai into the pot you have prepared.

About the author:

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information about looking after your bonsai.



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