How to Water a Bonsai Tree


Bonsai trees, like all living things, require water to survive. Watering mistakes are one of the primary reasons bonsai trees fail to thrive. Following a few primary watering principles make this aspect of caring for bonsai trees relatively straightforward. Properly watering your bonsai tree won't guarantee it will thrive, but it increases the odds tremendously.

Step 1

Soak your bonsai plant in a tub or sink of water. Use enough water to cover the container, the soil and the bottom part of the trunk. Allow the tree to sit in and soak up the water for five to 15 minutes. Remove the tree from the water and allow it to drain.

Step 2

Give your bonsai tree an occasional shower. Put the bonsai tree in the shower and run a light shower of tepid water on your tree for 10 to 15 minutes. The shower simulates rain and gives the entire tree a nice boost.

Step 3

Mist your bonsai tree with water. Use a spray bottle and spritz the leaves of the tree with water. This method works best on trees especially prone to root rot; it provides the tree with moisture without allowing the roots to sit in water.

Tips and Warnings

  • Bonsai trees are prone to root rot. Don't allow the roots to sit in water for extended periods of time. A pot with good drainage holes and allowing the soil to dry out between watering helps prevent root rot.

Things You'll Need

  • Water
  • Sink or tub
  • Shower
  • Spray mister


  • "101 Essential Bonsai Tips"; Harry Tomlinson; 1996
  • "Bonsai in Your Home"; Paul Lesniewics; 1997
  • "Bonsai: The Art of Growing and Keeping Miniature Trees"; Peter Chan; 1985
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About this Author

Rebecca Moore has been a writer since 1994. She has been published on Associated Content, Suite101, eHow and numerous print magazines. Moore attended Living Word Bible College and Leeward Community College. Moore enjoys spending time at garden shops and botanical gardens and experimenting with hydroponics and square foot gardening.