Category: Bonsai Care

Jun 24

Bonsai: How To Care for White Pine

Though no bonsai is easy to train or care for, pine is among the easier species. More tolerant to drying, they adapt well to a pot and often require only regular trimming and biannual repotting. In the wild, pine commonly grow to 50 feet or more with trunks that are a foot in diameter and …

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May 24

Bonsai: How To Care for Maple

Maples come in a variety of sub-species, but all of them make beautiful bonsai trees. Slightly more difficult to care for, they are nonetheless greatly in demand by bonsai enthusiasts. Their leafy appearance is attractive, particularly in the fall when they turn to yellow and red, just as do the full-sized maples. Some varieties thrive …

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Apr 24

Bonsai: How To Care for Blue Junipers

Junipers are, along with pine, another of the common species sought by beginning bonsai enthusiasts. And for good reason: it’s a beautiful species that tolerates a wide variety of conditions well. Junipers make an especially good species for the kengai (cascade) style in which the trunk and branches grow out over the pot and below …

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Dec 24

Bonsai – The Basics: Soil, Part II

Beyond the need for good water retention and good drainage, soils have to supply all the nutrients trees can’t get from the air or produce internally using sunlight for energy. Also, how much water retention is needed and specifically what kind and amount of nutrients will vary somewhat from species to species. Pines and Junipers …

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Dec 24

Bonsai – The Basics: Soil, Part I

First, a little ultra-simple plant biology. Plants maintain themselves and grow by taking in and processing nutrients, just as animals do. But the obvious difference is that (with few exceptions) plants can’t go get them, it has to come to them. One major portion of their needs is met when they absorb sunlight and take …

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Dec 24

Bonsai Basic Watering and Feeding: Watering

Few subjects in bonsai care are as complex as watering. What should be the simplest thing in the world is actually the most complicated. Apprentices in Japan will perform many duties for their first few years before being allowed to water the trees. Incorrect watering practices kill more bonsai than any other factor. Bonsai soil …

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Dec 24

Bonsai Basic Watering and Feeding: Nutrients

Trees are amazingly self-sufficient. They take in needed elements from the environment without having to move to fetch it as animals do. But that can be a limitation as well, since they are dependent on finding what they need nearby. In the case of most trees, elements leech through the soil and into contact with …

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