How to Care for your Bonsai
A 5 minute read by Peter Worsp
A Bonsai tree is a living miniature tree, it’s no different to the trees you see in nature except a lot smaller and they live inside shallow bonsai pots their entire life. With appropriate care, your bonsai will remain healthy and miniature for many years to come. It will also increase in beauty as it matures throughout the years.
The most important rules to keep in mind for a happy and healthy bonsai is:
KEEP THEM OUTDOORS at all times, they thrive in the elements and need the sun, rain and fresh air like all of us.
DON’T FORGET TO WATER THEM, again just like us they need water in order to function properly
Your bonsai tree needs to be placed in a sunny outdoor area at all times. This can be a balcony, deck, or on an outdoor table as a centerpiece. Having said that, they can be moved inside for a maximum of two days once every couple of months for a special event or for showing off to friends and visitors. Don’t move them too often as the constant changes of their environment can deteriorate the health of your tree.
Don’t forget to water your bonsai. This should be done once every day in spring, summer and autumn and less frequent in winter (twice a week). Water thoroughly each time until excess water drains out from the bottom of the pot.
*Remember, keep the soil moist at all times! Best watering time is early in the morning or in the evening.*
To keep your tree healthy and strong, you may fertilise it once every 2-4 weeks during the growing seasons (September - April). Use general fertiliser at half of the recommended strength found on the back of its packaging. Mix with water and apply around the root areas of the tree. It’s a good idea to apply the fertiliser after you have watered the bonsai.
Bonsai requires a root trim once every two years on a younger tree and 3-4 years on an older one. This is an easy process of removing unnecessary roots and replacing the old soil with fresh nutrient rich soil. After repotting , place your bonsai outside in a shady place for 2-3 weeks to allow new roots to develop before moving into the sun. Do not fertilise your bonsai until one month after repotting. Best repotting time is between mid-winter to mid-spring (July through to October). If you don’t want to get your hands dirty, feel free to contact us for this service.
*Repotting fee applies
Trimming & Pinching
Trimming or pinching should be done once a year in mid-summer; this process allows you to shape your tree to a desired look/style or simply maintain the existing look. Never trim too many leaves or branches at once as it will weaken your tree. Allow new branches to harden before trimming.