Bonsai Babies: How To Care For A Bonsai Tree
Bonsai For Modern Life
Last weekend I attended a Bonsai for Modern Life Seminar at Time and Style in Amsterdam. I've always loved the look of Bonsai trees but never imagined the work needed to care for one and the Japanese ways of placing a Bonsai in the home. I left feeling like buying a Bonsai was a little bit like adopting a 100 year old baby! I don't think I'm quite ready for the responsibility just yet. Just picking the right location seems difficult enough! This depends on the type of tree the Bonsai is, whether it is an indoor or outdoor species etc. Anyway here are some top Bonsai care tips for you if you are feeling like taking on the responsibility of caring for a Bonsai tree. Bonsai is a fascinating art-form that combines horticultural techniques and Asian aesthetics in a unique way. The art originates in the Chinese empire and was copied and adapted by the Japanese to what we know now as Bonsai trees. Literally translated "bon-sai" means "planted in a container".
- Water once to twice a day.
- Fertiliser two times a year, especially important during growth season.
- Try and put outside daily if possible, if not as often as you can manage.
- Prune your Bonsai every 10 days during growth season.
- Make sure you Bonsai is placed on a tray in order to collect water when watering.
- Place your Bonsai in a light, well ventilated room.
Styles of Bonsai
Shari Bonsai style (Sharimiki) - trees with bald or bark-less areas
Raft Bonsai style (Ikadabuki) - lateral trunk with the branches becoming trees of their own
Growing in a rock Bonsai style (Ishisuki) - trees growing out of rocks
Growing on a rock Bonsai style (Seki-joju) - trees growing on a rock
Forest Bonsai style (Yose-ue) - several trees together
Multitrunk Bonsai style (Kabudachi) - one tree with multiple trunks
Double trunk style Bonsai (Sokan) - one tree with two trunks
Windswept Bonsai style (Fukinagashi) - leaning to the side
Literati Bonsai style (Bunjingi) - tall and slim tree
Semi cascade Bonsai style (Han-kengai) - where the tree grows over the side of the pot
Cascade Bonsai style (Kengai) - where the tree grows below the base of the pot
Slanting Bonsai style (Shakan) - slanted to one side
Informal upright Bonsai style (Moyogi) - Trees grows in an 'S' shape
Formal upright Bonsai style (Chokkan) - straight up
Broom style Bonsai (Hokidachi) - straight trunk with a spread of fine branches
Do you think you have what it takes to look after one of these lovely plants? Let me know how that goes and if you have any Bonsai tips, please leave them in the comments below.