Bonsai is one of the more beautiful results of man’s attempts to curb nature. He got these greens in house and man is been here to add beauty and that touch of green.Here we show you how to make the most of these tiny trees.

The art of creating miniature indoor trees began over two thousand years ago in China. Now known as bonsai, this term derived from the Chinese word pen’jing, meaning “a tree or shrub planted in a shallow dish or tray”. In the 12th century, the Japanese put their own slant on the tradition by growing the trees outdoors. Bonsai’s are so easy to maintain and add up to interiors of any house easily. However, they do need regular attention and care, so make sure you’ve got the time to look after them properly to avoid disappointment later on. regular watering to your bonsai is needed to stop its leaves turning yellow. And in case if you find any leaves turning yellow just flick these leaves off – don’t pull them in case you damage any buds. This is to be expected as it gets used to its new location watering Bonsai should be watered by immersion. Submerge the pot in water for five minutes or so, then allow it to drain. Do this daily in the summer, and every other day through the rest of the year. Compost should be moist to the touch at all times; don’t let it dry out. Stand the pot in a tray of moist gravel.

Location :

Think carefully before deciding where to stand your bonsai. It will need lots of light but should be kept out of the midday sun. The temperature should be warm, so avoid windowsills, where conditions can fluctuate. If your chosen location has only once source of light, remember to regularly turn your tree to ensure balanced growth. Rethink the location if your tree starts to lose its leaves.

Fertilizer :

Bonsai trees like lots of food, so give your bonsai its food every two weeks in the summer, and once a month in winter. Use either a specially formulated bonsai food or phostrogen tomato feed, and apply only after you’ve watered your plant. Take care to follow instructions, overfeeding can lead to scorched leaves.

Pruning :

Use the tree’s original shape as your pattern for pruning. Simply cut off the long shoots to maintain its look. You’ll need to do this throughout the year, particularly in the summer when the tree does most of its growing.

Repotting : Make sure you repot your bonsai every two or three years, preferably in the spring. Trim away a small amount of the root, and replace the old soil.

Troubleshooting :

Brown, crinkly leaves – this indicates that you’ve not been watering your plant on regular basis or the water wasn’t sufficient enough. Let these leaves fall of their own accord, and follow the watering instructions above.

Yellow leaves – suggests you’ve been over watering your tree. Follow the watering instructions above.glossy or sticky leaves – possible aphid infestation. Take the plant outside and spray the underneath of its leaves with a proprietary insecticide. Or spray every three days with a weak solution of washing up liquid and water, a maximum of three times. NB. If your tree is affected in any of these ways, stop feeding it until new growth appears.

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