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Bonsai care

March 11, 2022 - Reading time: 4 minutes

Did you know that… the Bonsai originates from China? During the Kamakura era, bonsai art was adopted by Japan. Here it was further specialized, after which Japanese techniques became the new standard.

Bonsai literally means "tree in a pot" in Japanese, but in fact, it is a reference to the techniques of growing small trees. To shape and grow them in such a way that they look natural and old. This art originated in China, around 700 BC. It was customary among the elite to give miniature trees as a luxury gift. In the 12th and 13th centuries, during the Kamakura era, Japan adopted many customs from China. So is the art of growing Bonsai. In Japan, this art was further specialized, after which Japanese techniques became the contemporary norm.

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In addition to watering, sufficient light, and repotting, it is also important to prune the bonsai every now and then for good care. This way you keep the beautiful shape and keep the tree healthy. Read on for all the care tips.

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Place the Bonsai in light to a mildly sunny position. A little sunlight is okay, as long as the plant is not in the sun all day or in the hot afternoon sun. Too much sunlight scorches the leaves. You can prevent this by keeping a close eye on the plant as soon as you have given it a (new) location. Does the leaf curl? Then the tree is in a too bright spot. If there is too little light, the Bonsai also gives a signal: the leaf then turns yellow and/or falls off.

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Watering bonsai

Keep the potting soil slightly moist by regularly giving the Bonsai small amounts of water. In the summer the tree needs quite a lot of water, and during the winter you can reduce the watering considerably. Make sure you never give a large amount of water at once. The Bonsai cannot handle it well if there is a layer of water at the bottom of the pot.

You can also make it easy on yourself by choosing a Bonsai with a water meter, such as our Bonsai Easycare or this stylish Bonsai with a waterfall.

Repotting bonsai

How often you have to report the Bonsai depends on the species and the age. Fast-growing, young trees should be repotted once every 1 to 2 years. Older, slow-growing trees should only be repotted once every 3 to 5 years. To determine whether your tree needs to be repotted, we recommend that you carefully remove it from the pot. When the roots rotate around the root system, it is time to report. If the roots are still going into the ground, you can safely wait another year before checking the weather. We recommend adding hydro granules when repotting. So it doesn't matter if you give too much water: the hydro granules provide better drainage.

Feeding bonsai

Once you receive the plant, it will not require any nutrition for the next 2 months. This is because the plant can still obtain sufficient nutrition from the grower's fresh potting soil for the time being. After this, the Bonsai needs nutrition all year round. Our Bonsai starter kit contains special food for the Bonsai. Make sure you never give too much plant food. This is harmful to the plant. Check the package for the specific amount, and never use more than recommended.

Is my Bonsai plant poisonous?

Almost all outdoor and indoor plants on Plantje.nl are intended for a decorative purpose, and not for eating – unless it is explicitly stated that this is possible (for example, a fruit tree). The sap of the Bonsai is poisonous. The sap has an irritating effect on dry skin, and ingestion of the leaves can cause a rash. Therefore, make sure that small children and pets cannot come into contact with it, and wear gloves when repotting.

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