Bonsai Plant Care
Bonsai plants are a work of art, a hobby, an indoor gardening project.
However you look at growing and maintaining Bonsai plants, it is fun and
rewarding. The "art" of growing a miniature plant or tree into a unique shape,
is truely an art form. Some call it a labor of love. For the indoor gardener
seeking something new and exciting to grow, you've come to the right
The word "Bonsai" means "tray planted". It's roots go back to ancient Chinese
and Japanese cultures. The plants are grown in shallow trays or containers.
Choose the container carefully, as it is an important part of the
artistic creation you are making.
Trees, shrubs, plants and bushes are commonly used. The plants
are allowed to grow from just a couple inches, to a couple feet tall. Plants
that naturally grow small, and have small leaves, are best. To most, it's
not the actual growing of the plant that is so much fun. Rather, it's the
trimming, pruning, and shaping of the plant into a unique shape that provides
the reward to the Bonsai grower.
You may be surprised to learn that the roots of these plants does not come
from Japan. It originated in ancient China, and was brought to Japan over
a thousand years ago and became widely popular. In the last century,
it has became popular in U.S. homes, blending the joy of indoor gardening,
with the artistic rewards of shaping a miniature plant into a true work
Bonsai Plant Care:
Creating a Bonsai plant is not a quick task. It is a slow, methodical form
of art. Many people buy bonsai plants already grown and shaped. They then
maintain it. Others take up the challenge of growing a bonsai from
seedlings, rootings, or cuttings.
Generally speaking, the plants need the same type of care as other houseplants.
They need plenty of sunlight or artificial grow lights. They need protection
from insects and disease. They need water and fertilizer. Like other houseplants,
fertilize less frequently than outdoor plants. Light and infrequent applications
of fertilizer, helps the plants growth and health, but at a
slower growth rate.
Trimming, Pruning, and Shaping:
Your Bonsai plant is a pampered plant. For example, growers often
allow water come to room temperature, before giving their plants a drink.
Most growers put a lot of effort into creating and maintaining the desired
shape. It receives continual shaping and pruning. The leaves are trimmed
to keep it's small shape and appearance. Roots may be trimmed or
cut to help keep a small size. Good, sharp bonsai scissors
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