Bonsaiis Japanese art of growing plants in small containers for contemplation, aesthetic pleasure which is opposed to plant cultivation with agricultural purposes or other functional purposes. The Japanese word “bonsai” is translated as “tray growing” or “a-tree-in-a-tray”. In the West this word is referred to as a term for all miniature trees grown in containers or pots. The word “bonsai” is usually associated with a type of a tree though bonsai is not the exact type of a tree but the art of growing many different species. Unarguably it sounds quite intriguing, and if you are interested to learn more about the art of bonsai and even make it your hobby, you may wonder where to start. Well, what you practically need is to choose the type ofa plantyou would like to grow.
How to choose the right bonsai tree for yourself?
1. It has to be mentioned that some of these trees are intended for indoor growing while others are meant for the outdoors. Before choosing aplantyou need to make sure you choose the right type: indoor or outdoor kind.
2. Next, pick up the appropriate location for yourbonsaitree. Outdoor trees will be a beautiful sight on a patio, porch or terrace through the summer. You can keep them in containers or plant directly in the soil. There are 2 types of outdoor bonsai trees evergreen, like pines, for example, and deciduous trees, losing their leaves in the fall, such as elm.
3. Before choosing the type of a tree, consider the climate you live in. You may want to grow abonsaifruit tree. It’s absolutely adorable miniature copy of a real fruit tree, even producing edible fruit. Yet, be aware that living in the areas with cold climate such citrus miniature trees as lemon or lime may not grow well because they need plenty of sunshine and warmer temperatures. On the contrary, some types of apple and cherry trees require longer periods of cold temperatures.
4. You may also wonder how actually to acquire abonsai treewhich you can then take care of? You can go two ways:
- Utilize existing trees (by cutting, for example).
- Start growing your own tree from a seed
Thus, once you are determined with a kind of a miniature tree you want to grow, it’s the right time to start. The key options of your care will be watering, pruning, trimming, repotting your tree but that is not all. Abonsai treeis a living thing that can even feel your mood and react to your care.
If you are just a beginner in this art, a great option for starters can be Ficus with its varieties like dwarf ficus, narrow-leaf ficus, and weeping ficus. Ficus tree is a small copy of Banyan tree growing in tropics, so your ficus tree will look quite exotic.
Tips on growing FicusBonsai
- It is intended for indoor growing all year round.
- Do repotting in early spring, normally as often as once in two years.
- After reporting, it’s recommended to keep ficus in the shade for a few weeks to let the root system strengthen.
- At winter times ficus should be kept in a sunny area where the temperature doesn’t go below 60 to 65 degrees.
- Soil should dry out between watering, but don’t allow it to stay dry for a long period of time. Thus, there should be maintained the watering balance
Besides Ficus tree what other trees can you choose? Well, consider growing Bamboo or Braided Monkey Tree which is considered, by the way, is a symbol of good fortune. Exceptionalbonsaiis also Jade tree, a South African plant with a thick trunk and green elliptic leaves. Your choices are limited only by your imagination.
Bonsaiis truly an art of interacting with your plant, learning to understand it as a living thing and realizing yourself as a part of the universe. Some patience and care is all you need to see your plant turn from a simple indoor tree in a container into a real bonsai.