Caring for your Bonsai

Bonsais are among some of the most beautiful, fun plants to keep. Whether around your home or at the office, the art of bonsai takes much patience and care. But please, do not let that put you off. We have some superb starter kits to help you grow your passion.

A few tips to help you take care of your bonsai correctly.

Watering your bonsai

It may be a no-brainer, but there are exact watering needs for a bonsai. Once a week, (approx.) when the peat feels bone dry, immerse your bonsai tree in a bowl or bucket of water, completely. Your bonsai will have soaked up enough water once all the air bubbles have risen.

Another vital consideration for your bonsai’s health is humidity. Bonsais supplied by ProFlowers come with a humidity tray and pebbles as part of the product purchase. Once you receive your order, unwrap the container, and add the pebbles. Then cover them with some water – not too much, though! Adding the water will improve the humidity for your bonsai tree as well as protecting the surface of the table or desk where you place it.  Best Bonsai Tool Kit

Where is the best place to put my bonsai?

The ambiance of any living space can be transformed instantly with a bonsai. A bonsai is not classified as a plant but a tree and offers a unique and captivating room addition. With that said, you can use them as a focal point for any outdoor space. One thing to be mindful of when caring for your bonsai is that you give it ample direct sunlight—place your indoor bonsai near a window.

Tranquility is a word synonymous with bonsai, and what better place to bring serenity than in an office space. A coworker or perhaps a family member would be delighted to receive a bonsai as a gift. The Merchandise Director of ProFlowers, Megan Matanzo, says, “an easy indoor option would be the jade bonsai. It does well in an office environment.”

Pruning your bonsai

Before starting any pruning, be sure to take a deep breath in, hold it for the count of four, and release it. One of the ultimate fascinations of bonsai trees is the pruning of this tiny tree, and the calming effect it provides. Pruning aims to maintain the shape of the bonsai as it grows. By neatening the top growth of the tree, it will ensure new growth elsewhere.

Never use ordinary scissors when pruning your bonsai!

Only use Bonsai clippers when pruning your bonsai, or if you need to remove any dead branches. Do not use ordinary scissors. Before you make any cut, take your time, and decide which branches you wish to remove to maintain the desired shape. Bonsai pruning and training is an art form. It is why this tiny tree is the perfect gift for any of your creative friends or coworkers. Megan Matanzo explains, “the more you learn about bonsais and the artform involved, the greater the hobby or interest can become—many consider bonsai art therapeutic and a great way to relieve stress.”

Choosing the right soil for a bonsai

It is important to remember you need specific soil for your bonsai tree. Never use anything other than the recommended types. Look for quick-draining soil or peat. It should also be able to retain some water. Small particles are necessary for aeration, enabling the roots to receive oxygen. Fortunately, we have done a lot of research, so you do not have to! The market offers quite a range of specialty peats and soils for bonsai, which makes things a whole lot easier for you. If you are feeling ambitious, there is always the option to mix it yourself. One essential thing to keep in mind if you choose the self-mixing route is that you must add fertilizer to the soil during early spring to mid-fall (growth season).  Bonsai Tool Kit for Sale

Bonsai enthusiasts

Connect with other bonsai lovers in your area to learn more about the art of bonsai and get some great tips and tricks. Consider signing up for a bonsai class at your local nursery or botanical garden. It will not only help you with your new hobby, but it is a great way to meet new people.

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