Bonsai tree : What is, Benefits & Care of Indoor Bonsai

What is Bonsai tree?

Bonsai tree : What is, Benefits & Care of Indoor Bonsai

Here I am describing that what is Bonsai Tree is, its benefits and how to care for it. Bonsai Tree is a combination of techniques in order to grow and style a tree, with the goal to miniaturize it.

Misunderstandings about Bonsai trees.

There are two big misunderstandings about Bonsai trees; the first is that Bonsai tree is not a genetically dwarfed plant, and secondly, Bonsai tree is not a tree species.

In fact, any tree species can be used to grow a Bonsai tree from; think of maples, Japanese elms and junipers.

The word Bonsai tree is Japanese and consists of two characters; literally translated it means “planted, in a shallow container”.

Characteristics important of an Bonsai tree.

Many characteristics are important of an Bonsai tree, such as age, no visible trace of the artist, naturalness and proportions. The ultimate goal of growing Bonsai tree is to create a realistic depiction of nature.  But, the smaller the tree gets, the more abstract the image becomes.

In Japan, Bonsai is classified into several size-classifications, based on the number of men needed to lift the tree.

Smallest classifications

The smallest classifications are Keshisubo,  Shito and Mame, these are between 1 and 6 inch tall (which is about 3-15 centimeter).

Medium sized classifications

The medium sized classifications, and therefore the most common, include Shohin, Komono and Chumono.

Largest trees classification

The largest trees fall under the imperial classification.

The art of keeping miniature trees is over2000 years old and started in Japan & China, here it was called punwan, or as we know it these days as “penjing”.

Top benefits of the Bonsai trees.

Bonsai trees are considered as one of the best in home and office. Not simply because they enhance the aesthetic appeal, but also because they need multiple health and psychological benefits.

It relaxes one’s breathing and lot of take growing it as an exquisite hobby. The trees will cause you to patient and physically active, because it require proper care, watering, fertilizing and trimming.

It gives us to learn life’s most importance lesson that work hard, be patient and it shall bear fruit for us. The tree assist to purify the air in their surroundings.

Bonsai tree helps in curing sore throats, coughs, fatigue and tiredness. Bonsai trees also work as really thoughtful gist one can find and order online.

Having a bonsai tree around you, it will boosting your immunity ans stimulate your learning & creativity also.

Bonsai tree : What is, Benefits & Care of Indoor Bonsai

Care of Indoor Bonsai TreesPositioning & Watering

a) Check soil daily and water when it appears dry.

b) Avoid watering on a routine.

c) Position your tree in plenty of sunlight and away from direct heat or draft.

Light is crucial to bonsai trees and often, without light, bonsai tree will perish. They will die slowly but they will die.

Growing Bonsai tree on a window like this, a nice big bay window, ideally, it should be a south facing window, but if you don’t have one, then any facing.

For some species you may need to add extra light in which case you use a light like this.

This particular light uses a white light of 64,000 Kelvin which is ideal for growing bonsai.

The next thing that you need to consider is of course water.

Plants, like outdoor plants, need to be watered regularly when they are dry to the touch.

Positioning & Watering of Bonsai tree

a) Check soil daily and water when it appears dry.

b) Avoid watering on a routine.

c) Position your tree in plenty of sunlight and away from direct heat or draft.

Water them like you would do to outdoor plants. Give them a dunking in a basin or a bucket. That helps to make sure that all the bowls are full. Another important factor to consider in growing trees indoors is heat.

Now in a modern home like in the UK & USA, that’s not really much of a problem because central heating takes care of heating in winter time.

The only consideration is just to make sure that you do not place your bonsai directly over the heat source like, for example, a radiator or something like that, in which case, the dry heat from the radiator is going to kill the bonsai.

Bonsai Trees need to be cooler in the night than during the day but not too cold.  Many times bonsai tree will get too cold in the night so you need to monitor the temperature. Below 6 degrees gets difficult for the bonsai in the night.

Pruning of an Bonsai tree

a) Pruning should be done regularly to maintain the shape of your bonsai.

b) Maintenance pruning includes snipping away branches, buds and leaves.

c) Wire branches to shape them in to a desired pattern.

If you have a dry room which rooms get very dry with the central heating, the plants will suffer quite considerably. So that’s why we have humidity trays under each of the bonsai tree.

That provides a little micro-climate for the tree so that it manages to deal with the humidity. Bonsai trees need to have air circulating around them.

So if you put a bonsai in a place where there is no air circulation, eventually what happens is that fungus and other pests settle on it and it gets damaged, and it will die because of over fungus on the tree.

Use a balanced fertilizer 4/4/4 strength of 6/6/6. If you’re using a liquid fertilizer, feed every two weeks.

If you’re using a pellet-type fertilizer, feed every two months or when the pellets disappear.

Fertilizing & Soil

a) Mix large practices such as volcanic rocks or stone into the soil to improve drainage.

b) Add clay to improve water retention.

c) Only add fertilizer after watering.

Just like outdoor trees, indoor trees will suffer from pests and disease. You need to keep a lookout for them.

Indoor trees, because there’s a lack of circulation can suffer from pests quite often. Scale is quite a problem indoors as is aphids and spider mites. Bonsai pots and trees need to be kept clean.

You need to regularly clean them out, brush them out so that if there’s any dead matter in the trees, remove any dead wood  and dead leaves regularly.

Bonsai tree : What is, Benefits & Care of Indoor Bonsai

Re-potting of a Bonsai tree

a) Re-pot your bonsai once every two to tree years.

b) Trim away the outer layers of root mass.

c) Clean the pot thoroughly before re-potting the tree.

If you all grow a bonsai tree, it will bring happiness and health in your life. Take care.  Thank you.

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