Gardening tips

Taking care of your little one – The Bonsai!

‘Bon-sai’ is a Japanese word though the art of growing miniature trees in containers originated in China. As is common in any Art form, immense detailing and care are required to nurture the skill. Therefore, one needs to be very careful with growing the Bonsai plant since it is completely dependent on the gardener for its growth and nutrition. Besides, it is more fragile than the normal indoor plants. So, here are a few secrets to help your Bonsai grow beautifully though there may be specific care guidelines for the species you are growing.

Water – keep it right

You need to ensure that the little plant is watered timely not allowing its soil to be completely dry. Do a finger test of about half cm. Which shall help to confirm? It implies that the soil should be maintained to be slightly damp. At the same time, too much of water also does not augur well for the plant. A water sprinkler will help you water it adequately. The root mass should also receive a decent share of the moisture. If you have more than one plant, observe each one differently since their moisture needs may vary. The soil type also plays a crucial role in determining when it is time for the mild shower.

Fertilization – nourish it well

Since the amount of soil from which the plant draws its nutrients is less due to pot size, you need to ensure proper fertilization to keep replenishing the nourishment for the plant. Special Bonsai fertilizers are available in the market. However, the normal ones would work equally well. Careful observation of the instructions mentioned on the pack provides a lot of information regarding the correct timing and quantity which should be used. It is recommended to avoid fertilizing sick trees or repotted trees for a month. The season also plays an important role in deciding what proportion of Nitrogen and Potassium should be present.

Position & temperature – where to place it

Indoor Bonsais require a lot of sunlight so placing them on the window sill is a good option so that it receives adequate warmth and light. Outdoor Bonsais prefer relatively lower temperature, and some can even be grown in the shade – it is a species-specific requirement.

Repotting – shifting from the old house

Reporting is an important step of taking care of your Bonsai to ensure its well-being and healthy growth. You would know it’s time to do so when the roots start circling the pot. In fast growing plants, it may occur annually while in mature plants it may happen once in 3-5 years. So do keep a check else the roots might start to rot or starve. Spring is normally the best time to repot since the plant is usually dormant during that time hence it would minimize adapting losses.

Identifying pests or diseases – Be the doc

If you notice sudden yellowing of leaves, it might be due to overfeeding or underfeeding. Therefore, make necessary amends in the watering schedule. However, if a particular branch suddenly dies or withers off, it might be due to viral or fungal infection. Sucking insects, parasites, and bugs are some of the other common problems that can affect growth. It is important to identify the problem & treat it accordingly by using a proper insecticide or pesticide.

Take care of the little member & it will perform well!

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