Bonsai Plant Care
Bonsai represents the artistic use of gardening techniques to develop a tree into a miniaturized version of its counterpart in nature. Bonsai is not a specific type of tree; rather many types of trees go through the gardening process of bonsai.
Your Bonsai should be kept in a well-lighted place, sheltered from the direct rays of the summer sun, the majority of the time. Such diverse locations as a garden, an open balcony, a patio, by a pool, a roof garden, or nestled comfortably on a ledge near an open window in a home can allow your tree to be exposed to the sun, wind, and rain that it needs in order to thrive.
Bring inside the house as a decoration for a few days at a time. However, one should not hope to keep bonsai indoors at all times. The best scheme for a bonsai location is to keep the bonsai outside Monday through Friday where it gets good exposure to nature, then on Saturday and Sunday bring your bonsai inside and place it wherever you like as long as it is not placed directly in the path of a heating or air conditioning vent.
Planting Instructions For Bonsai Seeds
- Open your kit and remove all components.
- Place the brown soil disk in a 1/8 cup of water. After the water has been absorbed, fluff up the growing medium.
- Place a thin layer of pebbles in the bottom of your ceramic bonsai container to allow for good drainage.
- Fill the container with the growing medium leaving about 1/8 inch from the top.
- Scatter all the bonsai seeds on top and sprinkle a small amount of the growing medium to lightly cover them.
- Water until moist and water drips from the hole in the bottom.
- Place in a warm and very sunny location near a window or outside where it gets good sunlight. For best results, place a clear plastic bag over the top of the container to create a greenhouse effect of heat and moisture. Leave bag open on bottom of the seeds to breathe.
- Keep moist at all times by misting daily. Never allow to dry out or sit in water.
- In just a few weeks you should start to see growth in your seeds.
- After about 8 weeks you should have several starter plants. When the starter trees are about 3-4 inches in size, gently pull up all the trees except for one. Keep the one tree in this container to grow and replant the other trees into new containers to make bonsai.