Steps On How To Grow Bonsai Tree By Yourself

Posted on January 27th, 2011 by Indoor Bonsai Tree  |  No Comments »

If you think growing a great collection of container plants, flower, fruits, herbs, etc is hard. All you need is a patience, love and system. A 7 step system to be precise.

1.Lightning: plants need light all year round- in the day, use incandescent bulbs if your home doesn’t get enough light, consider plant stands with in built in lighting systems.

2. Humidity: get a cheap humidity indicator, signs of low humidity- dry soil,wilting, sign of excess humidity- soggy stems, spray leaves with water (every 3-4 hours or as required) if humidity is low or use a condensation tray.

3.Temperature: The right temperature will depend on a plants natural environment, jungle plant like- 100 F and above, temperature zone (Europe and North America) plants like 90-100 F, most plants don’t like below 45 F- except for cacti (as they are desert plants).

4. The right soil: jungle plants like rich organic soils with an acidic ph of about 5.5, temperature zone plants like a more neutral ph of 7, desert plants like a more alkaline ph of about 8.

5. Choosing the right container: porous materials like clay absorb more water and keep roots cool, choose containers depending on temperature, color, scheme of home, get creative- use the container like a work of art!

6. Water levels: water required depends on type and size of plant, and environmental temperature, always check dryness of soil to determine moisture levels, add a layer of top soil or moss to prevent water loss from soil, never add cold water! Make sure it’s at room temperature.

7. Food and nutrients: add slow release food granules to compost (sprinkled on top or raked in) in a required quantities, pelleted granules can be pushed into compost/ potting mixture.

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Who knows best about bonsai tree care?

Posted on July 26th, 2011 by Indoor Bonsai Tree  |  No Comments »

Who knows best about bonsai tree care? Mr. Miyagi of course.



He is the original Bonsai guru that brought the bonsai tree phenomenon to many Americans. He is an example of what the Bonsai is all about: Discipline, excellence and longevity. He is like a human bonsai tree. Make no mistake, even though he is a fictional character, he is also very real in the sense of what represents. Century old tradition and profound patience as well as work ethic are what makes Mr. Miyagi an icon. Wax on Wax off, words to live by.

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Care For Bonsai Tree You Can Trust

Posted on February 7th, 2011 by Indoor Bonsai Tree  |  No Comments »

Many gardening books will tell you that the best way to get plants to grow in your garden is to buy them from a local greenhouse—that way you know that the plants are acclimatized to the region. My husband and I have recently had to make a change in this economy to zero-dollar gardening and have taken the “source locally” one step further. We just have no money to spend on buying plants for our yard. But, I did want to make the place look better. We have recently downsized to a house that was vacant for 18 months before us. And we needed to make it looked lived in as well. So, we took a walk around the place and identified wild plants that we could use. Nut grass can be a nuisance in the yard, but dug up and replanted as a boarder, it nicely defines a bed. We were able to find trees, shrubs and other plants to move from one place to the other and most are continuing to thrive in their new locations. Our transplanting tip works well for us because our lot is composed of loose, sandy soil. It does very little damage to the roots as it falls away easily. If you live in an area with clay in the soil, give the plant a wide perimeter when you dig it up and transplant it dirt-and-all into the new spot. Soil can rip away tender roots with it in clumping soil conditions.

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Bonsai Care For A Bonsai Tree

Posted on January 4th, 2011 by Indoor Bonsai Tree  |  No Comments »

The word bonsai means “tree planted in a tray”. Thus bonsai trees are miniature versions of larger trees. Their height can range from a few inches to a few feet. Like regular trees, bonsai trees can also bear flowers and fruits. Bonsai trees are of two types: indoor and outdoor. The indoor plants are adapted well enough to survive in an indoor setting.

Bonsai on whiteThese indoor plants are of the tropical or subtropical variety. They should be placed in a spot where they can get some sunlight in the morning and shade in the afternoon. Care should be taken to avoid exposing them to too much sunlight. Outdoor bonsai trees are further divided into two groups. The first group consists of the evergreen trees. These trees retain their foliage no matter what the season is. They usually undergo a dormancy period during winter when a yellow tinge is created around their leaves. The second group consists of deciduous trees like elms and maples. These trees shed their leaves during autumn and re-bud at spring time. Deciduous bonsai trees are not well-suited to being grown indoors. There are many types of bonsai trees but they all have one thing in common. All of them need specific care if they are to thrive. They need to be protected from both excessive cold as well as excessive heat. Also, levels of humidity have to be monitored in order to growing-bonsai-trees-2promote the specific humidity level. A bonsai tree can be shaped and moulded according to one’s desire but while pruning it, a nice distribution of branches should be kept over the roots to keep the tree healthy and complete. Bonsai trees require more watering than most plants because they are grown in smaller amount of soil. Fertilising and feeding the tree is also important. The fertiliser should contain chelated iron, nitrogen, phosphoric acid and potash. Taking care of a bonsai tree is not a task for amateurs. They are unusual trees and require unusual care.

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My first ever Bonsai Tree

Posted on January 4th, 2011 by Indoor Bonsai Tree  |  No Comments »

My first ever Bonsai Tree was given to me for my birthday by my girlfriend. We had recently returned from vacation in China where we had both fallen in love with these amazing specimens. The plant was a Japanese White pine. The trunk was about 14 inches high and was twisted with about ten little branches.

It was quite expensive. With it came very specific instructions about feeding and care. Watering was apparently very important and the instructions were very clear that the tree should never be allowed to dry out. Also it was suggested that rather than use tap water, rainwater should be used.

I set up a small rainbut in the garden and used the water from that. In terms of feeding the guidelines suggested that any standard plant feed or fertiliser could be used, but we also saw that specific Bonsai fertilisers were available for not too much money so we bought a bottle of that and followed the instructions carefully. Although theoretically the tree could have been kept outdoors, we kept ours on the kitchen windowsill which is a nice sunny position. During really hot weather we moved it to a cooler location. It certainly thrived with all the tender loving care we devoted to it. After a while it started to grow just a little untidy, so we decided that it was time for a prune. We bought a Bonsai Care Kit which included a set of Bonsai pruning sheers and a DVD with detailed information on pruning procedures.

It was quite traumatic carrying it out, more like a surgical operation than simply pruning a plant. We initially thought we had overdone it. It looked like a Bonsai plant after a cheap haircut, but after a month or so new growth was apparent. It seemed to us that never before had a plant received so much attention. Every day we tended to it, checked the moisture levels in the soil, peered over any new growth, agonized over any browning of foliage or dropping of leaves.

That summer we were set to go on an extended vacation in Europe for about six weeks. Of course we could not leave our Bonsai to fend for itself, so I gave it to my brother to look after. I carefully explained to him that he need do no more than make sure that it did not run out of water. We had a wonderful holiday and on our return my brother picked us up from the airport. He was strangely silent all the way home. Then he told us the bad news.

The Bonsai was dead. Yes, he had made sure that the tree did not run out of water, but the way he achieved this was to fill the pot with water to overflowing every day. The plant roots could not breathe and he had effectively drowned the poor plant. I have another Bonsai tree now. I know what I will not be doing with it on my next vacation.

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Beginners Guide To Saving A dried Bonsai Tree

Posted on January 4th, 2011 by Indoor Bonsai Tree  |  No Comments »

Keeping a Bonsai tree takes a lot of work and dedication. Since these trees have to constantly be trimmed and taken care of.

Here are some tips on caring for a Bonsai tree:

1. Bonsai trees are usually kept in pots or trays. They would need to be repotted once a year. This is to promote the growth of new roots. Eventually, they would need to be moved into a bigger container as the need arises.

The best containers are the ones specially designed for Bonsai trees. These have holes on the side that allow excess water to drain out of the holes, so the plants do not suffer from too much watering.

2. Watering a Bonsai tree is tricky. Since they are contained in pots, there’s not much room to water them in. Also, too much watering can cause growth of fungus. The moisture level of a Bonsai tree should be closely inspected everyday, and moderated.


A Bonsai tree should never be allowed to completely dry out. A good method to check for moisture level is to put in a toothpick right inside the soil. This way individuals will now if it is still damp.

3. Bonsai trees need sun light! But be careful, since too much exposure to the sun can also damage the Bonsai tree. That is why individuals must make sure that their Bonsai trees achieve the proper balance of watering, sun exposure, and pruning, so the trees will remain healthy.

4. Remember that there are many types of Bonsai trees. Each will need to be individually cared for according to their type. This especially applies when it comes to the amount of sunlight they receive. So it is important to identify exactly what type of Bonsai tree one has, so they can find proper instructions on how to best to take care of it!

5. Do not trim Bonsai trees with just a pair of scissors! There are a lot of tools available that are especially designed to trim Bonsai tress. Each specific tool serving a different purpose, such as shaping the tree, cutting the leaves, tweaking its branches, etc.

Growing a Bonsai tree is an art form. So much work, attention, skill goes into maintaining its appearance. The trick is to make it appear that not a lot of work has been done to achieve their shape and symmetry. This is why these trees are so special and priced greatly for their beauty.

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A Brief History Of Bonsai Trees

Posted on January 4th, 2011 by Indoor Bonsai Tree  |  No Comments »

What are Bonsai Trees. A Bonsai Tree comes in several different varieties. The original Bonsai Tree from Japan was a specific type of plant but once the concept of Bonsai Tree, and Bonsai Tree pruning, and care came to America, it was adopted by several other plant families.

This article documents several, but not all Bonsai Tree that there are.
Among them are some of my favorites.

1. Surinam Cherry is a hardy shrub known for its fruit

Surinam Cherry, also known as Brazilian cherry, Cayenne cherry or Florida cherry, is a shrub that grows to a height of 25 ft. The shrub is known for its slender branches and aromatic foliage. The leaves change color as they age – from a bronze when they are young to a deep green when they are slightly old. During strong winters, the leaves turn red.

2. Japanese White Pine is dense and conical

The Japanese White Pine has a dense and conical form when it is young. However, later it develops into a tree with a graceful, irregular shape, which is 25 to 50 feet tall. Its needles are between 1 and 2.5 inches long, and grow in groups of five, giving it the name of five-needle pine.

The cones are between 1 and 4 inches long and are brownish-red. They last on the tree for 6 to 7 years. This tree belongs to the Pinaceae family.

Japanese Wisteria is a hardy, ornamental vine

The Japanese Wisteria is a popular ornamental vine that is tough and hardy and forms thickets in which little else can grow. It can climb trees and shrubs to a height of 20 meters. Often, it constricts the stems of trees and kills them by girdling. Its stout, white-barked stem is woody and grows up to 16 cm in diameter.

Juniper bonsai is easy to pinch and train

Junipers are an evergreen coniferous shrub found extensively in dry forests and mountains across the world. Their leaves are needle-like at first and become scaly as the tree matures. The foliage is blue-green to light green with occasional shades of silver. There are over 50 species of Juniper but the most popular Juniper Bonsais are found in Japan.

Lavender Star Flower can survive in any climate

The Lavender Star Flower, which is native to Australia and Africa, is a hardy plant that survives in all kinds of habitats including dry desert, coastal dunes, mountain forests, wooded grasslands or rocky terrain.

This multi-stemmed tree, which is now found world-wide, grows up to a height of 3 meters. Though deciduous, it can remain evergreen under favorable conditions. The leaves are slightly tapering, dark green, and shiny b …

Ligustrum makes the best hedges

Ligustrum is a small, evergreen shrub that is used for making hedges that are popularly known as privet hedges. It is native to Japan, Korea and China, though now it is common in the Southern and Western parts of the United States. It has white flowers in the summer and small blue-black berries in the fall, some of which have medicinal qualities.

Mount Fuji Serissa needs careful handling

Mount Fuji Serissa is a small shrub whose gnarled trunk and tiny leaves make it a popular bonsai. The shrub flowers twice or thrice a year and requires careful handling. The leaves fall off if there is too much or too little water; they also fall off if it is too hot or cold. There is a similar reaction if the plant is moved or if there is a change in light conditions.

Again these are just a few of the many types of Bonsai trees that are available.

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Choosing Plants For Your Koi Water Garden

Posted on November 10th, 2009 by Indoor Bonsai Tree  |  No Comments »

So you’ve finally finished your water garden construction and have arrived at the exciting part of picking the flowers and plants which will make the water garden a gorgeous oasis. Not only must you take beauty into account when you are choosing the plants, however you should additionally remember that the plants give another, more necessary value to the garden, natural life. Natural life aids to maintain your pool by doing exactly what they’d do in nature.

Be sure to pay attention to your climate as well as area since certain plants just cannot make it in particular circumstances, so it is smart to carry out all your investigation before hand. Talking with your local dealer will provide you a few notions of which plants you can and cannot keep in your pond.

Lotus Plants

Undoubtedly, because the pond holds Koi, a tropical variety of fish, you might wish to keep with the theme and place Lotus plants in your pond. Pretty much every person that has a tropical water garden will want a Lotus plant because the beauty is completely unrivaled by different plants.

Lotus plants give gorgeous blooms, as well as a smell that is unmatched, but unless you live in an area which holds temps greater then sixty five degree Fahrenheit, you’ll have to have a place to keep them during the colder months. A greenhouse setup specifically for water plants will function best, plus Lotus plants need soil, as well as a huge volume of sunlight. These must be placed in water about two to three feet deep during the warm months, and indoors throughout the colder times.

Water Hyacinths

If you just don’t have any time to plant or keep up the water garden’s foliage, or you’re a bit lazy as far as gardening, you may want to consider including Water Hyacinths. Water hyacinths have gotten extremely fashionable recently due to their simplicity as they do not require any type of soil or planting, you must simply throw them into the water. Only minimal time is needed to anchor them down so that they do not float all over the pond freely.

Water Hyacinths are not only gorgeous, but are additionally quite useful too, helping in the battle against both algae as well as blanket weeds. One downside of having Water Hyacinths is the fact that they will take over your pond as well as yard if you permit them since they’re extremely invasive, and will spread if allowed. In extreme cases, they may actually hop the fence and annex your neighbors yard as well, and once they have caused this kind of infestation, it is extremely hard to destroy them.

Covered But Practical Plants

Alternatively, you might wish to consider investing in plants that are not necessary seen. Those plants reside below the water line, and provide many required functions to the Koi pond, with a few assisting you to battle algae, replace oxygen in the water, or feed the Koi for you.

You can locate those plants in bundles at your local pet stockist or a Koi dealer. The majority of underwater plants won’t require additional support during the winter, so when you put them in the water, you may not think twice about them again. Still the benefits which you get from having these types of plants compensates for the fact that you are not in a position to in reality see them.

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Indoor Bonsai Tree: Maple Bonsai

Posted on November 6th, 2009 by Indoor Bonsai Tree  |  No Comments »

The maple bonsai is one of the most spectacular styles of bonsai that can be grown. Typically grown outdoors, these trees provide a dazzling display of color in the spring and fall, while providing a natural beauty in the winter months. These trees are typically considered delicate, requiring a certain style of care in order to properly endure. For example, like many other bonsai, the maple bonsai must be replanted once every year or two, dependent on the type of maple that you have. Japanese maples tend to be used, as this species of tree is traditionally associated with bonsai growing. However, as the art of bonsai growth has evolved, other forms of maple bonsai have come to the forefront, especially in the United States and Canada.
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When caring for a maple bonsai, you need to learn about maple trees in general. This will assist you in making the right decisions for caring for your bonsai. Important things that you should learn include the time of year the maple is dormant, what temperatures the maple can tolerate, and what pruning needs done in order to keep your tree healthy. A maple bonsai has the same care rules as a fully grown maple of the same species. In addition to this, a maple bonsai needs additional care due to the fact that it is grown in such a small pot. Root maintenance and potting of the tree are two aspects not typically dealt with for maples, as these trees are usually grown to their full size. Root maintenance and proper trimming is a requirement in order to maintain the health of the tree. When looking for this information, you should use resources specific to the maple bonsai tree, as typical tree tending does not include this information.

Some forms of maple bonsai do not take well to extremely cold temperatures. If you live in a region where the temperature drops below zero, you will want to ensure that your maple can survive. Frost can damage the roots, branches and leaves of the tree, effectively shortening its lifespan. A greenhouse may be required for storing your maple bonsai if you live in a colder region that goes beyond the normal habitat of these trees.

If you are interested in purchasing a maple bonsai, you can buy seeds, a seedling, or even a full grown tree through an online vendor, or you can inquire about these trees at your local garden or plant nursery.

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Indoor Bonsai Tree: Bamboo Bonsai Beauty

Posted on November 4th, 2009 by Indoor Bonsai Tree  |  No Comments »

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Bamboo bonsai is an extremely popular, easy to care for bonsai that allows growers of all skill levels work with a fast growing, beautiful plant. The most common type of bamboo bonsai found in homes is the ‘lucky’ bamboo, which is believed to bring luck to their owners. This variety of bamboo is hardy, and can be grown indoors or outdoors, provided that the bamboo is protected against frost. Like most species of bamboo, the plant does not thrive well in places where frost occurs. Frost damages the bamboo and stops its growth, often shocking and killing the plant. It is for this reason that many bamboo species cannot thrive in northern climates unless they are kept indoors.

For beginners, bamboo bonsai is extremely rewarding due to the fact that the plants are so quick to grow. A new grower can start a plant and see a large amount of growth within the first year of owning the plant. This lets the beginners experiment with wiring and caring for bonsai without having to wait for five to ten years to see the results of their efforts.

There are many places that you can acquire bamboo. You can purchase it at many stores carrying plants, buy new shoots online that can be grown and transplanted into bonsai pots, or you can cut shoots from other bamboo plants and transplant them to begin your new plant. How quickly the bamboo bonsai will grow and take root is based off of the species of bonsai you are growing. Also, some species of bamboo will not take root as well from cuttings as others.

Bamboo bonsai uses many of the techniques for care that more difficult bonsai trees use. You will need the same types of tools to maintain them, and you can use the same style of wire to help guide the trunk and branches of the bamboo. When you are pruning bamboo, like many other bonsai trees, there is a certain time of year that pruning is best done at. When you prune your bamboo is dependent on the type of bamboo that you have. Each species of bamboo is different and requires different care. As many people own the ‘lucky’ bamboo, you will most likely want to prune your bamboo bonsai in the fall and winter, removing all of the leaves. If you are working with a dwarf bamboo, you will need to prune in the early spring before the new growth has occurred.

You can purchase your bamboo bonsai online or through a local nursery.

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