Growing An Indoor Bonsai Tree
In this day and age, the Bonsai tree has made its way into display cases and numerous art shows, not to mention numerous stores revolved around its birth. The word Bonsai is Japanese and originates from China and the term in its definition is ‘tree in a pot’. The Chinese introduced the practice of growing trees which was later developed as a form of art by the Japanese a few centuries ago. This particular form of art was introduced to the western part of the world until the 1900’s which transformed it into a serious work of art by hundreds, if not thousands.
Many people believe the Bonsai tree is always small; this is incorrect because it originates itself from a seed that grows much larger trees. However, the method used to grow the tree results in the consistency of being small.
In order to properly grow an indoor Bonsai tree, there are a few steps you have to follow, here are the 5 most basic and effective tips:
1) Know Your Trees Watering Cycle
First and foremost, knowing how to water it is essential. If your tree is given too much water it will drown and if given too little it will cause dehydration and death soon after. To ensure you are giving the correct amount you need to feel the soil on a regular basis, if it feels dry then water it until water runs out from the bottom of the pot. Do not water again until the soil feels relatively dry.
2) Choosing The Right Soil
Choosing the right soil for your plant is also the difference between a healthy and unhealthy tree. Talk to an associate at your nearest garden centre and give them specific details about the plant. The associate will assist you in selecting the perfect soil; make sure you aim towards the best quality to ensure the best outcome of growing an indoor Bonsai tree.
3) Effective Fertilizing
Indoor Bonsai need a water soluble fertilizer once to twice per week, only when the soil has moisture otherwise it will be pointless. In selecting your fertilizer, choose one of high quality and some may not work for your particular plant. If you find one that doesn’t, wait until the next season before you try again. Avoid mixing fertilizers at all costs.
The fourth tip to growing a great indoor Bonsai with great results is by pruning, which is the act of removing trees methodically. Pruning can be an important method for a few reasons such as changing growth pattern. You can change the growth pattern by cutting branches off a side to ensure growth stops. Another reason is to clean up the mess which refers to cutting unneeded branches, such as, branches that are growing in the wrong direction from how you prefer it, branches growing too closely together which results in a messy appearance and above all to give the tree balance. Pruning, along with cutting branches can also be done by cutting roots.
5) Choosing The Right Environment
Choosing the environment for perfect growth is just as essential as the other steps. To ensure the best results, make sure there is a lot of natural light where you choose to grow your bonsai tree. A window sill is probably the best place in your house, it is usually wide enough to hold the pot and it will catch the sunlight through the window. Also, make sure the tree remains in room temperature, excessive heat can dry out your plant and cold can stop its natural growth therefore killing it. Of course, you could always resort to an artificial Bonsai tree, if you do not have time for all of this maintenance.