Even though the practice of bonsai has long been linked to Japan, it actually began in China before moving east to Korea and then Japan. Buddhist monks who wanted to bring the “outdoors” into their temples popularised the art of bonsai and nature serves as the primary source of inspiration for bonsai. An interesting fact about this Bonsai is that it can live for a century or longer and are frequently passed down through families as cherished heirlooms. We owe the Japanese and Chinese artists a great debt of gratitude for creating this exquisite art and preserving it for almost 2500 years down the line.
The Right Spot For Your Bonsai Tree
Is Your Bonsai an Indoor Lover?
You own a bonsai and you’re not sure where to place it to maintain its healthy growth? A south-facing window is typically the best location in a home where an indoor bonsai will thrive because the tree needs a lot of light to stay healthy and the south location will definitely provide that sufficient amount of light it needs. The light intensity will substantially decrease when placed away from a window, limiting growth and finally killing your bonsai. To maintain the health of your bonsai, you can set them on a humidity tray or place the indoor trees in an area with a consistent temperature all day.
Is Your Bonsai an Outdoor Lover?
Outdoor bonsai should be placed in a well-lit area. Your trees will benefit from providing midday shade if your summers are particularly hot. You might also need to safeguard your trees from the biting cold over the winter.
Simple Ways To Handle Your Gorgeous Bonsai
They Don’t Like to Stay Thirsty
The roots of bonsai trees enjoy being moist, but they soon dry up afterwards. While watering, water them as much as the roots are soaked and then let the soil dry for a few days before you water them next (soak and dry method).
At times, slightly misting bonsais with water (but not on the leaves) can help them live, but if you want them to grow, you need to use the “soak and dry” technique.
Indoor bonsais don’t need daily watering and doing so is the quickest way to kill them.
Bonsais have a dormant phase during the winter season and they do not require as much water during their dormant phase as they aren’t actively growing.
They Require Grooming
Look for dead twigs or leaves on the bonsai tree as well as weeds developing in the bonsai pot and remove them. Make sure to carefully remove the weeds so as not to harm the bonsai’s roots. Only prune for structure and style while the tree is dormant to prevent excessive harm or from stunting its growth. The ideal months are November to February during the winter.
Repotting? Do It Carefully
Wondering when is the right time to repot your bonsais? The answer is right here. Repot in the spring to benefit from your tree’s growing season because your tree will be preparing to grow at this time and will transfer energy storage from its roots to freshly emerging leaves. To know when your tree needs to be repotted, look for roots poking through drainage holes or scuttling over the dirt. Repotting should not be done in the winter because during winter they store the majority of their energy in their roots.
Give Them Their Dose of Fertiliser
Different forms of fertiliser have various advantages and disadvantages. Although liquid fertiliser is quick-acting and simple to use, every time you water, it leaches from the soil. Solid fertiliser is harder to dose precisely, diffuses into the soil more slowly over time, and runs the danger of scorching your tree’s tender roots. You need to be careful in choosing the right fertiliser that best suits your tree. We may suggest you use moderate urea-free fertiliser, every time you water the plant.
The benefit of growing bonsais indoors is that, with minimal maintenance, they typically retain their aesthetic appeal for a really long period of time. But hopefully, you are now more equipped to care for your bonsai indoors with all the little help we could provide with this article. Be careful not to let things become too stressful. In the end, bonsai gardening is meant to be enjoyable and soothing. Order your varieties of bonsai trees from us at www.dharmikgardens.com