Seven Techniques to Growing Bonsai

Bonsai Trees

Bonsai trees are dwarfed ornamental trees grown in a variety of shallow pots. For the casual grower, bonsai trees are simplistic, just small trees that are stunted by the confines of their pots.

Many of the types of trees suitable for growing in the bonsai style do not thrive well indoors. By not allowing the bonsai trees to go into dormancy, the tree will not be able to thrive as long.

Leaf trimming and pruning are typically used to maintain the appearance and health of the tree, while wiring, clamping, grafting, defoliation and deadwood are methods used to enhance the overall style and design of the bonsai. Each of these methods needs to be performed with care, as your bonsai trees can be killed if you over prune, over trim, or otherwise critically damage the root and structure of the bonsai trees.

Unlike other styles of potted plants, bonsai trees require careful watering in order to survive. Each species of bonsai tree is different, and has different watering needs. Over or under watering bonsai trees are among the most common causes of death in these plants.

An important part of tending to bonsai trees is maintaining the pots in which they grow. Due to the size of bonsai trees, the pots are typically a significant part of the appearance of the bonsai.

Most bonsai trees will be grown in pots with drainage holes that permit excess moisture from pooling inside the pot and causing root rot. Many growers will use mesh over these holes to prevent pests from entering the pot from the bottom and keep loose soil in the pot.

If you are interested in growing bonsai trees, you should ensure that you live in a good region for the types of trees you want to grow, or you focus on purchasing an indoor variety of bonsai.