Bonsai is the art form of training a plant to imitate the look of a tree twisted by time and nature. This process takes lots of time, attention and patience. All bonsais need special care to obtain the proper shape and style.
Look for plants with small leaves, woody trunks and short branches. Some bonsais bear flowers and fruits. Azaleas, beeches, flowering quinces, Japanese maples, junipers, pines, spruces, weeping figs and lemon trees make good bonsais.
Most bonsais enjoy conditions outside during the growing season. Shelter your outdoor bonsai from the wind that can knock it over and cause major damage.
Protect outdoor bonsais during cold weather. Place your bonsai in a cool greenhouse to protect it from harsh effects of winter and let it go dormant.
Woody houseplants make easy-to-grow and interesting bonsais. These bonsais are happy to live on a sunny windowsill.
Pruning rules for a bonsai are the same as the full sized version of the plant. When top pruning, remember to root prune. By only pruning the top, the roots will cause more growth if not trimmed as well.
Bonsais are grown in shallow containers that dry out very quickly. You may have to water your bonsai twice a day to keep the soil damp.
- The Practical Gardener's Encyclopedia; Geoffrey Burnie; 2000
- Bonsai Gardner: How to Grow and Care for Bonsai Trees
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