Bonsai Pots

As we all know growing up a bonsai is an art, the focus is not only the main product in this case plant but also the surrounding which makes the central thing look even better. You should remember that pot is not only a frame of a bonsai it is part of the whole thing.

There are many types of bonsai pots. The most usual ones are ceramic bonsai pots and mica bonsai pots, they can be found in many shapes: rectangular, oval, rounded, octagon, dished and probably the best looking separated water-land pot. The best pots are all hand made and are made by the ancient Chinese standards. When you are choosing the right color for your pot you should also be aware of the fact that the color of leafs changes and so does the visual connection between pot and the tree.

So what looks good in summer months may not look appealing in winter months. Usual width or diameter of a pot should be similar to the area that is taken by the branches. This does not totally apply to water-land pots where pots should be wider. Water-land pots are the most unusual but probably the best looking ones. These pots are divided in the middle and on the one side filled with soil and on the other with water.

The good thing besides looking really good is that water part of the pot will provide extra humidity which can be really good for some species, not so much for the others. You should also always be careful when you are supplying water, because if water part of the pot is overfilled it may spill to soil, causing it to be wet, which may also not be good for a bonsai.

Source by Luka Ce

The Japanese Art of Growing the Indoor Bonsai Tree

Growing the indoor bonsai tree is actually the Japanese art form of cultivating miniature trees. These trees are very similar to their larger counterparts with the exception that they are grown in pots and the constant pruning does not allow them to reach full size, making it an indoor bonsai tree.

The art of growing these trees is thought to have originated in ancient China, where men who were healers would grow plants for medicinal purposes. In early times the main purpose was to display trunks in the shape of animals and mystic figures. Somewhere between the 7th and 9th century, this art form was introduced to the Japanese culture.

There are many types of bonsai, including formal and informal upright, cascade, raft, literati, semi-cascade and forest. The Tree is available at a range of nurseries in various stages of growth, from seeds to the fully mature indoor Bonsai Tree.

As an alternative, you can choose to grow it from seeds. Usually you can purchase kits to grow them; these kits usually include, a particular kind of seed, a small pot, a little bag of fertilizer and soil, a drain sheet as well as information to help you get started. The different kits will provide you with different instructions, depending on the type of indoor Bonsai Tree you are trying to grow. It is important to follow these instructions for the best possible growth.

Watering them correctly is essential to successfully growing them. Watch the moisture in the soil carefully to ensure that it does not get too wet, or too dry. If you live in a warm climate, it is even more important that you keep a close eye on the soil's moisture. It is also vital to pay attention to the temperature of the room and the correct amount of sunlight. You do not want your indoor Bonsai Tree to be in a room that is too hot or cold. You also want to ensure that it has plenty of sunlight.

Once your tree has sprouted, you can start shaping and dwarfing it through an assortment of techniques. In addition to pruning, giving your Bonsai Tree a lot of love will help you work wonders with growing these beautiful trees.

Take some time to learn exactly how this is done and you will be rewarded with a beautiful indoor Bonsai Tree. Creating your own Japanese garden in your home is a great way to enhance the beauty of your surroundings and bringing nature into your life.

Source by Thomas T

Exotic Bonsai Choices

Are you looking for something more adventurous in the art of bonsai gardening? If so, you need not stick with the more traditional coniferous, deciduous or occasional fruit trees as the only items in your collection. Your choices can range to the more exotic varieties which will help expand your skills.

An example of an exotic choice is Wisteria, a plant native to Japan, Korea, and China which can reach more than 30 feet in size in the wild. Not conforming to any of the traditional bonsai styles, Wisteria can make for an interesting challenge.

With both beautiful and aromatic flowers that come in a variety of colors, such as, white, pink, blue and purple, Wisteria can be an excellent choice. Wisteria blooms in the Spring at which time they need lots of water but with adequate drainage. Wisteria does well in a wide range of lighting conditions, from partial shade to full sun. To maintain healthy plants, be sure to provide them with ample fertilizer just prior to they bloom in the Spring and once again in late summer prior to losing their leaves.

If you love fragrant flowers, an excellent option is Orange Jasmine which produces a bright red fruit and fragrant white blossoms, bringing both delight to the nose and beauty to the eye.

Starting in early spring and continuing through mid-autumn, feed Orange Jasmine every three to four weeks. Except in the hotter summer months when slightly more water is needed, only light watering is adequate for the rest of the year.

Orange Jasmine is one of the few bonsai that can be and probably should be raised indoors since it does better in moderate shade and filtered sun light.

With lovely puffy flowers and lacy foliage, the Mimosa tree offers another good alternative. They are as fragrant as either of the above choices and due to their long silky filaments they are sometimes called a silk tree.

Moderate water should be provided to the Mimosa during the blooming season which is from late April to early July. However, care should be given to avoid getting water on the flowers themselves, since the flowers will rapidly deteriorate when wet, much like a number of other flowering plants.

Be sure to give your Mimosa plenty of room in your display area as the Mimosa will be one of the larger bonsai in your collection. Because they grow rapidly and have large leaves, they are difficult to sustain in a very small size.

An additional exotic bonsai is the Desert Rose which can turn an ordinary bonsai collection into an exciting full color display. The Desert Rose is a native of East Africa where it grows up to 10 feet tall and produces large, pink, trumpet-bowl flowers.

Requiring lots of fresh air and ample sunshine, the Desert Rose should be kept outside most of the year. However, their very bushy habit makes them a fine complement to the more traditional bonsai set in your collection.

Since they are sensitive to cold, they need to be moved indoors during periods of cold weather below 50F (10C). They will lie dormant but healthy when temperatures are in the range of 50F-60F (10C-15C) and will need very little water during this period.

These beautiful and fragrant flowering plants will challenge your bonsai gardening skills, expanding your horizons. They will provide an ever-changing display as they go through the seasons, blooming in the spring and losing their leaves in the fall, adding interest to your collection and when spaced amongst the more traditional evergreens, such as junipers, pines, and firs, they add a nice contrast.

Source by George Dodge

Bonsai Soil – A Small Plant's Huge Need

Think of bonsai plants and trees and how cute they would look in your little garden or even inside your home. Now think of the many months, sometimes even years, that a gardener must spend in taking care of these beauties. 'Still interested to continue? First you need to make a choice: would you buy your soil or would you mix your own?

Remember that bonsais are confined in small containers and as such, should have the best type of soil that would anchor it to its growth. The quality of the soil that is used will directly affect the health of the plant.

When the type of soil that should be used in planting bonsai seeds is discussed, there is always varying opinions on which one is best. Gardening experts all agree on certain aspects, though. That is what we will discuss in this article.

Bonsai soil should not be compact: examples are gravel, loose sand, fire plays such as cat litter, or expanded shale. In Japan, soils that come from volcanoes are preferably used because they are loose and contain minerals that are essential to a plant's growth.

Bonsai soil should be the type that optimizes water drainage. On the other hand, although it requires that proper drainage is maximized, it should also be able to retain sufficient water that will sustain the plant. Be very careful in balancing these two requirements. Your choice could lead to a compact type of soil that will lead to unhealthy roots, which might lead to rotting.

Another requirement is for the soil to provide aeration. It should have particle-air pockets. If the soil provides aeration, it provides sufficient oxygen for your plant.

These are just general guidelines in choosing the materials that you are going to use as a bonsai soil. There are certain bonsais that require less water and there are some that need more. Be sure to do a thorough research of the type of bonsai that you would like to plant before purchasing any soil.

Although ready-mixed soils are being sold on the market, together with other bonsai essentials, it is still wise to know what specific soil your 'baby' bonsai will benefit from the most. Knowing the components of a good bonsai soil has been discussed and this should guide you in your quest for bonsai planting.

But a word of advice, there is no perfect soil for any type of bonsai as there is no perfect gardener. Mix or buy soil, it does not matter. A good type of soil plus your love would equal to a well-cared for bonsai!

Source by Russ Egan

5 Top Indoor Bonsai Care Tips

Indoor bonsai care can be quite a difficult process to say the least. Without proper care and attention bonsai trees are sooner to dying which is a rather inconvenient for the drawer and the tree itself. Many people have different views on the proper way to care for bonsai trees and today I am going to tell you the five top indoor bonsai care tips around. By using the advice provided you will be able to grow great looking bonsai trees and prevent yourself from becoming a "bonsai gardening statistic". The tips I am about to share with you are of course reasonably basic, however, they are extremely effective at encouraging the growth of bonsai trees. Without using the five tips it is nearly impossible to grow a good tree as they are the basic things every bonsai tree requires in order to develop. In a way indoor bonsai care is a bit like building a house – you need firm foundations before you can complete the rest of the construction. The following five indoor bonsai care tips are a firm foundation for growing great trees.

Tip 1 – How To Water A Bonsai Tree

Watering is easily one of the most important elements in indoor bonsai care. Too little water and the tree will dehydrate and die, too much water and you will literally drown the tree. After many years experience of growing bonsai trees I have found that watering is the number one problem most people (especially beginners face) To ensure that you are correctly watering your bonsai tree you should wait for the soil to start drying out (do not let it completely dry though!) Next, water the plant until excess water seeps out of the bottom of the pot. Do not water the bonsai again until the soil starts to dry out. I have found that this is easily the best way to water a bonsai tree as it is nearly impossible to either over-water or under-water the tree.

Tip 2 – Picking The Right Soil

Picking the right soil is vital for indoor bonsai care – after all, half of the tree is covered by soil. To pick the right type of soil you should visit your nearest garden center (or bonsai specialist if there's one in your area) and tell them what exactly type of bonsai tree you have. They will help you find the right soil for your needs. Also, remember to buy the highest quality soil you can as this makes a massive difference. Spending an extra $ 5 a bag on higher quality soil is definitely worth it in the long run!

Tip 3 – How To Apply Fertilizer Correctly

Incorrect application of fertilizer is quite a big problem for those new to indoor bonsai care. On many occasions I have even seen beginner bonsai growers pick insoluble fertilizers and then wonder why their tree wound up dying a few weeks down the track. Bonsai trees need to be given a water soluble fertilizer either once or twice a month during the growing season only. Also, the fertilizer must only be applied when the soil is wet or you will see no result from the fertilizer. Buying a high quality fertilizer is also worth the extra cost so visit your local gardening center and inquire about the various types of water soluble fertilizer they have. If you try one type of fertilizer and it does not work then wait until the next growing season to try a different fertilizer – do not mix and match unless it is absolutely necessary.

Tip 4 – How To Prune A Bonsai Tree

Pruning is another vital part of indoor bonsai care. The process of pruning is done in two different ways ("branch pruning" and "root pruning") You should branch prune at the start of spring and carefully remove all the branches on the tree except those that you wish to keep. Root pruning is similar but should only occur when the bonsai's roots have bound themselves inside the pot. It is absolutely critical to learn the basic process of bonsai tree pruning before you try and sculpt your tree into various shapes so make sure you get this basic stuff right!

Tip 5 – Choosing The Right Environment To Encourage Growth

This final tip is one of the most important factors in correct indoor bonsai care. You should place your bonsai in an area that receives plenty of sunlight (by a window is a natural choice for most but ensure that the windowsill is wide enough to hold the pot properly so that it does not get knocked over by mistake) Make sure that the room is neither too warm nor too cold (room temperature works well if the tree is given a good source of light but this can vary species to species) Also, make sure that the room is reasonably humid so the soil does not dry out too quickly.

In this article I have covered the five most basic aspects of indoor bonsai care – how to water the tree, how to pick the right soil, how to properly apply fertilizer, how to prune the tree for optimum growth and how to get the growing environment / conditions just right. Follow this advice and you'll be well on your way to growing great bonsai trees and being an indoor bonsai care master!

Source by Samuel Phillipson

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