You have a bonsai at home, but find it a little difficult to care for? If you take these tips to heart, your little work of art will grow into a beautiful, healthy bonsai tree.
A bonsai is a small work of art created in the image of nature and requires a lot of knowledge, patience, and dedication from the amateur gardener. Whether maple, Chinese elm, pine, or Satsuki azalea: to care for the small plants with care, is the be-all and end-all, so that they grow beautifully and above all healthy and you can enjoy them for many years. An important point for a bonsai to thrive is, of course, the quality of the tree, as well as the appropriate location, which – both indoors and outdoors – is always chosen according to the needs of the species. However, one can not avoid dealing in detail with the appropriate care measures. We would like to give you a few tips and tricks here.
For it to grow healthily, you need to repot your bonsai regularly. However, you should not take this so literally – you do not put older trees in the next larger pot. Rather, take the bonsai out of its tray, prune the roots by about a third, and put it back into its cleaned pot with fresh and preferably special bonsai soil. This creates a new space in which the roots can continue to spread. It also stimulates the plant to form new fine roots and thus root tips. Only through these can it absorb the nutrients and water contained in the soil – a prerequisite for the small trees to remain vital for a long time. Root pruning also benefits their shape, as it initially slows down shoot growth.
If you notice that your bonsai is barely growing or that the watering water no longer seeps into the soil because it is heavily compacted, it is time to repot. By the way, also if persistent waterlogging becomes a problem. Basically, however, you should carry out this care measure about every one to three years. The best time is spring before new shoots appear. However, repot fruiting and flowering bonsais only after the flowering period, so that the roots are not pruned before the nutrients stored in them could benefit the flower formation.
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