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Growing Bonsai – Indoor and Outdoor Options for the Little Trees

Growing bonsai trees is a rewarding experience that involves a perfect melange of effort, ingenuity and the basic knowledge of horticulture. By using the correct cultivation techniques, you can make a bonsai tree grow into an exquisite replica of its mature counterpart.

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Growing Bonsai- Ornamental Beauty for any Space

Growing bonsai is a Japanese art of growing and nurturing trees to create them into aesthetically appealing miniature forms. To grow a bonsai tree, you will need to arrange for soil, fertilizer, a shallow earthen or plastic pot along with the cuttings of the chosen tree type. You can choose from a variety of popular shapes like upright, slanting and elongated Bonsai trees. To achieve the desired shape, you will need to wrap the selected cuttings using a bonsai wire. It is important to ensure that the wire wrapped is not very tight as it can unduly hamper the tree growth.To plant the tree, start by spreading an inch of soil at the bottom of the pot. Place the roots of the tree on this soil, tie it with the wire and cover it with the remaining soil. Principally, growing bonsai trees require regular root pruning and tip pruning to avoid them from becoming root bound and dying. Besides, to keep these trees healthy, it is imperative to place them at a location which receives partial sunlight. Moreover, to achieve the correct shape and dwarfing of bonsai trees, you must attain requisite knowledge on growing bonsai, and learn the special training methods required for its maintenance such as pruning, watering, fertilizing, root reduction, defoliation and grafting.

Indoor Bonsai Tree - Pride Interior Decors

Most of the indoor bonsai trees that are suitable for an indoor environment are the tropical or subtropical varieties. While raising an indoor bonsai tree, it is vital to place it at a location which receives apt sunlight in the morning and shade in the afternoon. Besides sunlight, bonsai trees require additional humidification to survive indoors. To increase the humidity level required for a healthy growth of bonsai trees indoors, you can either place the bonsai containers over a tray of water or in specialized enclosures like terrariums which are humidified from within. Most popular indoor bonsai tree varieties include Schefflera arboricola, Crassula ovata, Portulacaria afra, Schlumbergera, Cycas revoluta, Dracaena marginata, Ficus benjamina, Ficus neriifolia, baby jade and sago palms.

Outdoor bonsai - Neighbors’ Envy

Considering their ornamental value, bonsai trees are perfect to adorn your garden, patio or balcony. You can choose to plant outdoor bonsai trees directly into the ground or in pots. The most important aspect that contributes to the success of growing bonsai outside is regular watering. Outdoor bonsai trees are primarily of two varieties - evergreen trees and deciduous trees. Evergreen trees, like pine, juniper, and azalea retain their foliage regardless of the season whereas deciduous trees like elm shed their leaves in the fall and regrow around springtime.

Written by Jerry Fulton

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