Bonsai and Lucky Bamboo are some of the most captivating plants you can bring into your home. These plants are not only visually stunning, but they also have a rich cultural heritage that dates back centuries. With their unique beauty and symbolic value, they have captured the hearts of many plant enthusiasts. In this blog, we’ll discuss the ins and outs of these famed houseplants and how to care for them in your home.
Bonsai trees are living works of art, a symbol of patience and tranquility. Unbeknownst to some, bonsai trees are not a type of tree, but a style of tree. To bonsai a tree is the art of keeping a regular tree at miniature size by consistently maintaining their structure in a shallow pot. This creates a sort of idealistic tree, or tree-scape, that can be cared for throughout generations. They come in a wide range of species, each with its own unique care requirements. But with the right care and attention, your bonsai tree can thrive for many years to come.
Here are some care tips to help you care for your bonsai tree:
- Watering -
The key to watering your bonsai tree is to strike a balance between under and overwatering. Water the tree thoroughly when the soil begins to dry out, but avoid overwatering, as it can lead to root rot. Make sure the water reaches all parts of the soil by watering slowly and thoroughly.
- Soil -
Bonsai trees require well-draining soil to prevent root rot. We suggest you use a soil mix specifically formulated for bonsai trees, we carry this mix at our year-round locations. Bonsai mixes generally contain a combination of organic matter and inorganic materials, like perlite or sand, to create a soil that retains moisture while allowing for proper drainage.
- Light -
Bonsai trees require adequate light to grow and thrive, since they are meant to be grown outdoors. Place the tree in a bright spot with indirect to direct sunlight. Some species may require more or less light, so research the specific requirements of your tree. Our Green Team can also help you with any questions you may have about particular trees.
- Pruning -
Pruning is an essential part of bonsai tree care. It helps to control the tree's size and shape, and promote healthy growth. Use sharp pruning shears to remove any dead or damaged branches, as well as any growth that is out of proportion. Pruning is not only done to the limbs, but the roots as well. As your bonsai tree grows, it will need to be shaped, as well as bound, to the pot. If you are worried about repotting your bonsai for the first time, or are not sure if it should be potted yet, ask our houseplant Green Team members for assistance!