There are many facets that would make up effective Bonsai care.
A lot of techniques used in taking care of a Bonsai tree are similar to the things you have to do when taking care of a conventional pot plant. For one thing, the health of your Bonsai tree can be guaranteed by regular repotting, because such a plant would need to have roots rich and fiber and properly developed. The time in between repotting would depend on the growth rate of your Bonsai – a younger tree that grows quickly would need to be repotted once a year, while older trees whose growing process has slowed down need to be repotted as seldomly as once every five years. Repotting is to be done when the buds are swelling – this would usually be in the early spring or late winter months.
What to do when repotting a Bonsai tree:
The process of repotting a Bonsai tree is one that you should take seriously and follow these simple instructions:
Removing any unusually long branches by pruning them would be the first step of this important procedure. Also, make sure the tree has been under cover for a few weeks if it is an outdoor Bonsai, this way the soil will be relatively dry. Once you remove the tree from it’s pot you will be able to see whether it really needs repotting. Take a look at the roots of the tree and if you notice it is already root bound, then you would definitely need to repot it – otherwise, if you notice there is still room for the roots to grow, carefully place it back in the container to continue the growing process.
You should remove surface soil from the roots either by hand or using a nylon scrubbing brush. Brush away, and not towards the trunk so you can be sure the roots do not get unnecessarily damaged. Removing the surface soil is one way you can improve the look and feel of your Bonsai tree. After removing the surface soil, you would want to use another brush, preferably a fine paintbrush to remove any excess soil that is still stuck in the roots in one way or another.
Use a Bonsai fork to comb out the roots. This procedure requires you to use the fork to comb your Bonsai’s roots from underneath, and for pruning the roots, use a pair of scissors to prune about a third of them – afterwards, cut wedges around the root base so new soil can gather. The last steps in this particular stage would be to place some grit on the bottom of the container, then adding your preferred variety of Bonsai compost.
You will want to make sure your Bonsai tree doesn’t look awkward, and to this end you may push the soil in these peculiar places. Repeat this step until you get the desired appearance.
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