Bonsai is a beautiful art from the ancient Japanese people. It is a precise art form that requires the long process of careful trimming, pruning and shaping to achieve the bonsai plant you desire. 

There are three basic types of bonsai that you could choose from: Chokkan, Tomari and Hakka. Chokkan, or the vertical bonsai, is the tallest type of bonsai available in the market. Tomari and Hakka, on the other hand, are the shorter types of bonsai.

 

Growing and Caring for Your Bonsai

When you decide to grow bonsai, you must know that none of its leaves are ever removed until it is already dead. This is the most important thing you must remember when you choose to grow bonsai. You must also be very patient in taking care of bonsai. It will take time before you can actually have a finished bonsai plant that you can ѕее and admire.

Knowing how to care for bonsai is a challenge. There are many things that you need to consider and a lot of expertise required for you to grow a healthy bonsai. They are as follows:

 

Location 

You need to place the plant in a location where it can receive the right amount of sunlight. If you place the plant in an area where it has too much light, it will get burned. If it is in an area that doesn’t have enough sunlight, the leaves of your bonsai may wilt and die.

 

Fertilisation

You need to make sure that your bonsai plant is always healthy, beautiful and clean. If you want to help it grow healthily and beautifully, you must fertilise it, very much like you do with your plants and flowers in your garden. You don’t have to fertilise it all the time, but you should do it at least every two weeks to once a month.

 

Irrigation

You can determine the frequency of watering your bonsai plant based on the type of soil that you planted it in. You can also base it on the condition of its leaves. If the leaves are very dark in color, this means that the plant is already dehydrated and needs to be watered.

 

Insect and Disease Prevention

It is very important to keep your bonsai free from insects and diseases. The most common diseases that are found on bonsai plants are aphids, spider mites and whitefly. If you notice any symptoms like wilted or dried leaves, isolate the plant and investigate. 

Try shaking the bonsai leaves over white paper to see if there are any pests or insects. Apply some pesticide if needed.  

 

Misting and Air

When you grow bonsai, it is important to give it the right amount of air and moisture for it to grow healthily. You have to mist your bonsai regularly. However, you should be careful not to spray too much water on your bonsai because it can make the soil too wet, which can kill the plant.

 

Pruning

Pruning is needed to keep the shape of a bonsai plant. You can also prune it when you want it to bloom or keep it from growing too much or too quickly. 

 

Conclusion

When you decide to grow your own bonsai plant, you must be ready for a real challenge. It may be difficult if you do it for the first time, but it is worth it. Just make sure that you apply proper care and maintenance and you’ll have a beautiful and healthy plant. 

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