Caring for a Bonsai Tree

Caring for a Bonsai Tree

Caring for a bonsai tree is a good way for plant lovers to see the efforts they put into nurturing a plant turn into a work of art. Through careful maintenance of leaves, branches and roots, a bonsai tree can be shaped to virtually any style that suits the artist.

These trees are typically five to seven years old and have had their basic shape already tended to by a bonsai tree artist. These trees are good for beginners who want to learn how to care for a bonsai tree without investing several years in designing the tree.

If you are adventurous, or have owned a bonsai tree previously, you can choose to acquire a young seedling and sculpt your bonsai tree yourself. Many of the trees that can be purchased are somewhere between seven to fifteen years old, gradually sculpted until the bonsai tree has taken the shape that the artist wants.

Most of the tools required for maintaining and growing a bonsai tree can be purchased at most hardware stores or are sold online from stores that specially handle bonsai tree care supplies. While many of these tools are used in basic maintenance of established trees, there are some tools used for grafting and defoliation that are typically only purchased and used by those who are forming their own bonsai tree designs.

Many bonsai trees are only suitable for outdoor growth in ornamental gardens. There is a growing popularity in dwarf bonsai, many of which are built from trees that can flourish indoors. Before you purchase your established bonsai tree or your seedling, ensure that the tree can survive in the climate you wish to keep it in.

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