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Pokon works wonders

Bonsai

The right soil: half the job

Bonsai trees prefer a firm soil and a shallow pot or bowl to ensure slow but steady growth.

Tips:

  • Make some fairly large holes in the bottom of the pot to allow excess water to escape.
  • Repot young deciduous bonsai trees each year. Repot young coniferous bonsai trees every 2 years.

The right spot: off to a good start

Bonsai trees prefer a light spot, but out of direct sunlight. Do not place your bonsai above a heater.

The right nutrients: a beautiful plant

Bonsai tress need fertilizer if they are to grow into strong and vital plants. Stop giving fertilizer in the winter months (November-February) to allow your bonsai a period of rest. Only water your bonsai if the potting soil is dry to the touch. Preferably use lukewarm water.

The right season: all year round

To give the root ball more room to grow, prune the roots in late winter or early spring. Follow the instructions on the label for the the right method and season for pruning your bonsai’s branches.

Tip:
  • Training is a special technique for controlling the direction in which trunk and branches grow. Use wire of various thicknesses and wire clippers.

The right treatment: prevention is better than the cure

There are no plant diseases specific to bonsai trees. However, because they are so small and grow slowly, diseases and plagues do tend to affect bonsai trees more than other plants. Prevention is better than the cure. 

Tips:

  • If you see little white specks, a sure sign of scale insects, then remove these immediately.
  • Also remove training wires that have become too tight.