Bonsai trees are beautiful additions to any indoor or outdoor decor. The bonsai tree is simply a miniature version of a full size tree. Bonsai trees are frequently made from Japanese trees. Many people think a bonsai tree has to be purchased from a store, but you can actually make your own bonsai tree by following a few simple steps.
It is very important that you do your research when creating a bonsai tree. You should make sure to choose a species that can survive well in your area’s climate. This is especially important if you plan to keep the bonsai tree outside. You should also determine which species are the easiest to bonsai. If you have never created a bonsai tree, you should start simply.
It’s also important to understand the soil requirements of you bonsai tree. You must make sure to place the tree in the proper quality of soil so that it can grow and thrive. You also need to make sure to research how much water the tree needs so that you can water it appropriately.
Choose a Plant
To create a bonsai tree you will need to visit a nursery and purchase a plant that can be turned into a bonsai. It’s important to analyze the shape of the plant. Imagine what the plant will look like at the size and shape you want. Do not purchase a plant that looks like it cannot be easily shaped. It’s also important to look for proper leaf coloring so that your new bonsai tree is as healthy as possible.
Trim the Tree
The next step in creating your bonsai tree is to trim it to the desired shape. You can feel comfortable trimming quite a large amount off the tree’s branches and leaves. Just make sure not to leave any large open wounds on the tree as this could be hazardous to the tree’s health. You may also wire some of the branches to help it grow in the shape you desire.
Before placing the bonsai tree in its pot, you need to carefully trim and water the roots. The roots should be trimmed slightly so that it can fit comfortably inside the pot. It is important to leave enough roots that the tree can hold itself upright and can drink plenty of water. You will also need to water the roots so that the tree can hydrate itself.
Choose a Pot
It’s important to choose a pot that is the appropriate size for your bonsai. You do not want to get a pot that is too small to sufficiently cover the roots with soil. You also do not want a pot that will cramp the roots of your plant. Make sure your pot is also aesthetically pleasing and a color that you will enjoy viewing.
Prepare the Pot
Before planting the bonsai tree, you need to prepare the pot. You will need to stretch a wire mesh over the bottom of the pot. This well help avoid soil corrosion as the water drains from the pot. When placing your tree in the desired location, wrap the root ball with some wire mesh and pin it to the bottom of the pot. This will ensure that your tree remains in the location you have determined to be best.
It’s important that you do not use potting soil for your bonsai tree. Regular potting soil is designed to retain water and will drown your bonsai. Use the research you conducted about your plant to determine the correct soil for the bonsai tree.