Many people love bonsai trees because of their distinct beauty and grace, but bonsai trees are not a new phenomenon. The history of bonsai goes far back in time. Small trees were found in Egypt that were dating back about 2000 years. The Indian herbalists, too, had dwarfed plants that they carried in containers.
So the idea of growing dwarf trees and plants is not new. The secret to growing beautiful bonsai trees is intriguing and gardeners have learned some helpful methods in their care of bonsai trees.
First of all, you want to keep one simple rule in mind. When pruning your bonsai, you want to prune some of your roots and also the top of the tree. This is important. You should always prune both, the top and the bottom of the tree.
When pruning the top, you want to prune the branches that are not needed to keep from being crowded. The branches that are growing up straight, or too long need to be pruned. To encourage more growth in one area, you want to prune it more heavily then the other areas. This promotes more growth in the area that you want.
You can prune leaves or buds to encourage finer growth of branches.
Another very important factor, when growing bonsai trees, is the watering. It is recommended to water early in the morning versus watering in the evening or mid day.Improper watering can damage or even kill your tree. Once a week or so, the bonsai should be totally immersed in water. If it has rained a lot and if you keep your bonsai tree outside, pour some of the excess water out of the container. Make sure, if you keep your bonsai inside, to provide enough humidity. Some hobbyists even use humidifiers.
The care of bonsai trees is a skill that can be learned.. Watering is a very important part of the care on bonsai trees. When it comes to your outdoor plants, it is important to remember that when using a watering hose, you want to water gently, not with a strong force. If it is hot outside and your hose has been laying around, remember that the water may be pretty hot at first, so wait until your water becomes cooler.
Choosing the right kind of soil depends on what kind of tree you want to grow.
Here is a useful tip to remember for your different types of bonsai soils:
- 30% grit with 70% humus for deciduous trees;
- 70% grit with 30% humus for evergreen and needle trees.
These are some of the guidelines when growing a bonsai tree.. By following these easy steps, you can successfully give the proper care to your bonsai tree and enjoy it for many years to come.