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Bonsai Tree Care Basics Most people think that taking care of the Bonsai Tree is hard which a misconception. Bonsai tree is planted in small containers, and hence only a few basic guidelines need to be followed when it comes to fertilizing, watering and repotting. The Bonsai trees, when compared to the average indoor plants, tend to be delicate, but only a few ground rules need to be followed so as to take care of the plant correctly. Watering the Bonsai Tree The most important practice of taking care of the Bonsai is watering. The frequency of watering a tree depends on several factors like the tree size, size of the pot, species of the tree, season, and soil mixture. In this case, therefore, it is impossible to give the exact number of times that you should be watering the Bonsai, but the following basic guidelines will help you observe when the tree needs watering. Water your trees when the soil gets slightly dry. This means that you should not water the tree when the soil is still wet but when it feels slightly dry. You should also avoid watering on a routine. You should observe the trees individually, as compared to watering them on a daily routine until you are sure of what you are doing.
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The soil mixture needs to be correct. This is because the soil mixture in a great way influences how often the trees will need to be watered. A mixture that retains more water should be used when you can’t water the plants regularly.
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Applying Fertilizer Fertilizing regularly during the growth period is essential for the Bonsai to survive. Do not fertilize re-potted trees for about a month and also do not fertilize trees that are diseased. How to Repot the Bonsai Regular re-potting is important as it helps prevent the tree from being pot-bound and finally starving to death. Repotting ensures that the Bonsai is supplied with new nutrients that it requires flourishing. How often a Bonsai needs to re-potted depends on the size of the container, and the species of the tree. Fast growing trees need to be repotted every two years while the older and more mature ones are repotted every three to five years. Do not make repotting a routine but constantly check on the plant every spring by removing it from its pot. Bonsai trees are repotted when the roots begin to circle the root system. When the roots are still contained in the soil, you should wait for another year before repotting. Early spring is an ideal time for repotting when the tree is still in its dormancy.