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Bonsai Tree as a Hobby





Bonsai (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bonsai) Tree as a Hobby. Bonsai is an enjoyable hobby and form of art. However, unlike most other art forms bonsai is unique in that one’s canvas is alive and changing.

Aside from the art side of things one needs to develop some knowledge of arboriculture. Along with knowing how to make the tree look appealing one also needs to keep it alive.



This article will serve as an overview of bonsai basics to help beginners get started with the hobby of bonsai.

What is Bonsai?

Bonsai is the art of growing trees in small pots, cultivating the look of the tree to be any design that is desired. This art was developed in Japan and Asia by those seeking to enhance the beauty of their gardens.

It was originally an art limited to the wealthy, although that has changed over the course of time. Now, this trees are kept by the rich and poor alike, as these plants are inexpensive to care for and easy to work with.

Beginners can enjoy a bonsai tree allowed to flourish in their more natural state, while advanced hobbyists typically work to design their trees to meet a specific goal.




There are many different types of bonsai trees available on the market, including both conifers and non-conifer trees. When you are selecting which bonsai to grow, you should take care to study the grow zone you live in and pick a tree suitable for that zone. This is important as bonsai trees are designed to be grown and nurtured outdoors.

While there is a growing trend to caring for them indoors, many of the traditional trees, such as the Japanese maple bonsai, do not do well indoors.

This is due to the fact that these trees require a period of dormancy, where the tree will rejuvenate any damage that has been done to it over the growing seasons between spring and fall.




If you fail to allow the tree to go into the state of dormancy, the tree will typically die within a few months of its scheduled time in dormancy.

Many trees have this problem, though the most notable and common tree used for bonsai with this problem is the juniper. Junipers in particular are extremely sensitive to their dormancy period and should not be kept indoors.

There is a lot of things you need to remember when caring for bonsai. There are certain times of years that some trees requiring pruning or need a new pot, and other times of year where it is safe to wire them.




Each species of tree is different, so research is required when you pick out a new bonsai. However, despite all of the things that need done and need to be kept in mind, bonsai growing is an exceptionally rewarding hobby.

As the trees can live to be hundreds of years old, you can expect to keep your tree with you your entire life, if you care for it properly.

You can purchase bonsai supplies online or through your local nurseries.

This is the art of growing trees in small pots, cultivating the look of the tree to be any design that is desired. This art was developed in Japan and Asia by those seeking to enhance the beauty of their gardens. It was originally an art limited to the wealthy, although that has changed over the course of time.



Now, bonsai trees are kept by the rich and poor alike, as these plants are inexpensive to care for and easy to work with.

Beginners can enjoy a tree allowed to flourish in their more natural state, while advanced hobbyists typically work to design their trees to meet a specific goal.

Different types of bonsai trees available on the market

There are many different types of bonsai trees available on the market, including both conifers and non-conifer trees.

When you are selecting which bonsai to grow, you should take care to study the grow zone you live in and pick a tree suitable for that zone. This is important as bonsai trees are designed to be grown and nurtured outdoors.

While there is a growing trend to caring for them indoors, many of the traditional trees, such as the Japanese maple bonsai, do not do well indoors.

This is due to the fact that these trees require a period of dormancy, where the tree will rejuvenate any damage that has been done to it over the growing seasons between spring and fall. If you fail to allow the tree to go into the state of dormancy, the tree will typically die within a few months of its scheduled time in dormancy.

Many bonsai trees have this problem, though the most notable and common tree used for bonsai with this problem is the juniper. Junipers in particular are extremely sensitive to their dormancy period and should not be kept indoors.

There is a lot of things you need to remember when caring for this trees. There are certain times of years that some trees requiring pruning or need a new pot, and other times of year where it is safe to wire them.

Each species of tree is different, so research is required when you pick out a new bonsai. However, despite all of the things that need done and need to be kept in mind, bonsai growing is an exceptionally rewarding hobby.

As the trees can live to be hundreds of years old, you can expect to keep your tree with you your entire life, if you care for it properly.

Selecting a bonsai tree

Bonsai Tree as a Hobby

Bonsai Tree as a Hobby. From a high level one can classify bonsai trees into two groups; indoor and outdoor. Outdoor bonsai should never be kept indoors for more than a few days as the lack of light and temperature difference will cause it to weaken and it may die.

Therefore, if one wants an outdoor bonsai they should make sure they have a suitable outdoor location for it. Outdoor bonsai typically tend to be evergreens and conifers. One of the most popular bonsai trees is the Juniper which is an outdoor tree.

Indoor bonsai can survive indoors, but even they will grow best when kept outside. They tend to have lower light requirements than outdoor bonsai, but still do best outdoors like an tree.

If one has a very sunny spot in their home or office that receives a good amount of indirect sunlight from the East or West they should be able to grow an indoor bonsai without any problems.

Indoor bonsai are typically tropical trees like ficus, hawaiian umbrella, and succulents like jade.

Can I grow outdoor bonsai inside with grow lights?

One can try to supplement light requirements using grow lights if one wants to grow outdoor bonsai inside. However, most trees that grow in colder climates naturally still need a wintering period. Unless one can simulate that every season the tree will eventually die.

Bonsai Tree as a Hobby

Bonsai Tree as a Hobby. The main items one will need are a tree, a pot to put it in, bonsai soil, sharp shears, and a root rake. Anything beyond those items are optional, but will make certain tasks easier to accomplish.

Selecting a pot

If one plans on growing their bonsai outdoors in areas with cold winters they should invest in a stoneware pot. They are fired to a very high temperature when they are made which allows them to better resist cracking in extreme temperatures.

Most people will use mica or plastic pots when they are training their bonsai and switch them to ceramic stoneware when they plan on displaying them. Shallower yet wider pots tend to promote growth of thicker trunks. If one wants to train their bonsai into a cascading effect they would want to use a deeper pot.

One always needs a pair of sharp shears for doing any kind of pruning on their bonsai. It is also recommended that one pair for pruning branches and another pair for pruning roots as the soil and grit on roots may dull the shears. One will always want branch pruning shears at their sharpest.

The root rake is used for combing out the roots of the bonsai prior to placing it in the pot. It allows one to gently break apart the root ball so that they can work fresh soil between the roots when they place the bonsai in the pot.

Lastly, the soil selection is very important. Bonsai are unnaturally forced to grow in a relatively confined space so the soil has special requirements. The soil must be free draining yet retain moisture.

It must also hold nutrients and resist compaction. Once one has their basic supplies they are ready to begin.
Placing the bonsai in the pot

Start off by covering the drainage holes in the bonsai pot with drain hole covers. This will stop the soil from washing out.

Most people will also hook wire through the drain holes at this point so that they can twist them down on the roots later to keep the newly planted tree stable.

The proper technique for this is not covered here. Next, start to rake out the roots using the root rake or a chopstick. This should untangle the roots and free them from the compacted soil. After, form a small mound of bonsai soil in the center and place the tree on top of it.

Gently twist the tree back and forth and try to work the soil between the roots. After, clamp down the root ball with wire and fill the remainder of the pot with soil. At this point one should avoid moving the bonsai in order to allow the roots to heal.

Once the bonsai is in the pot

Once one has successfully potted their bonsai they should familiarize themselves with the requirements of that tree and do their best to keep it alive and healthy before styling it. A healthy tree always looks best.

One should primarily concern them self with keeping the tree alive. Once they have fulfilled that requirement they can start learning about styling it.

Most beginners have difficulty when it comes to watering so reading in this area is recommended. I wish you the best of luck in continuing your bonsai hobby.

Bonsai Tree as a Hobby.