How to care your bonsai tree
A Bonsai tree is a living miniature tree, it’s no different to the trees you see in nature except a lot smaller and it lives inside a shallow bonsai pot its entire life. With your proper caring, your bonsai will remain healthy and miniature for many years to come. It will also increase in beauty as it matures throughout the years.
TWO IMPORTANT RULES TO KEEP YOUR BONSAI HAPPY:
1: It is very important to keep your bonsai Outdoor at all times. It needs the sun, the rain and the fresh air like all of us.
Your bonsai tree need to be placed in a sunny outdoor area at all times. This can be a balcony, deck or on an outdoor table as a centerpiece. Having said that, they can be moved inside for a maximum of 2 days once every couple of months for a special event or for showing off to friends and visitors. Don’t move them too often as the constant changes of their environment can deteriorate the health of your tree.
PLEASE DON’T FORGET TO WATER YOUR BONSAI! Watering should be done once every day in Spring, Summer and Autumn and less frequent in Winter (Twice a week).
Water thoroughly each time until excess water drain out from the bottom of the pot.
REMEMBER, KEEP THE SOIL MOIST AT ALL TIMES! BEST WATERING TIME IS EARLY IN THE MORNING OR IN THE EVENING.
To keep your tree healthy and strong, you may fertilise it once every 2-4 weeks during the growing seasons (September – April). Use general fertiliser at half of the recommend strength found on the back of its packaging. Mix with water and apply around the root areas of the tree. It’s a good idea to apply the fertiliser after you have watered the bonsai.
Bonsai requires a root trim once every 2 years on a younger tree and 3-4 years on an older one. This is an easy process of removing unnecessary roots and to replace the old soil with fresh and nutrient rich soil. After repotting, place your bonsai outside in a shady place for
2-3 weeks to allow new roots to develop before moving into the sun. Do not fertilise your bonsai until 1 month after repotting. Best repotting time is between mid-winter to mid-spring (July – October). If you don’t want to get your hands dirty, feel free to contact us for this service. Repotting fee apply.
TRIMMING & PINCHING
Trimming or pinching should be done once a year in mid-Summer; this process allows you to shape your tree to a desired look/style or simply maintaining its existing look. Never trim too much leaves or branches at once; this will weaken your tree. Allow new branches to harden before trimming.