Growing Healthy Bonsai Trees

A bonsai tree is nothing more than a miniature, potted version of a tree. Growing a healthy bonsai tree is not really complicated but will need regular care. Due to the miniature state of the trees, maintenance is one of the keys to a healthy bonsai tree. Our Bonsai Trees For Beginners guide will certainly help you keep your bonsai trees growing strong.

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Depending on how fast your bonsai tree roots grow, you might need to re-pot your plant every year or two. The reason for repotting is to trim the roots to give the plant more space for healthy growth and at the same time, keeping the roots small enough to maintain the size of your bonsai tree. The one ideal time of the year that you might like to re-pot most of your bonsai plants is during spring. Some bonsai plants can be repotted any time of the year but these are only a particular few.

The reason for following a schedule for repotting is because some of the bonsai trees may need the maximum power of their roots on particular times of the year to grow well. Repotting during these crucial times can affect the health of your bonsai. These times are when swelling buds start to appear on your bonsai tree.

Food and Water

Providing adequate water and fertilizer for your bonsai tree can help it grow to be a healthy plant. Water and fertilizer carry the needed nutrients needed by any plant to grow well. Watering daily is a necessity unless the soil is damp to touch. Over watering can rot the roots of the bonsai tree. Fertilizer can be added as needed. Some fertilizers are added after a month or two while others more than that. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions regarding when to add fertilizer.

Sunlight is necessary for the production of the plant’s food. Giving the bonsai tree enough sun exposure ensures that it can manufacture its own food properly and adequately. If your bonsai is continuously indoors, proving lights that address the needs of the plant may be a necessity. About four to six hours sun exposure is necessary for a thriving bonsai tree.


Even if you grow your bonsai indoors, there s still a risk that pests can reach it. The problem with bonsai plants is that they are not proportion to the pests that usually attack the normal trees and plants so it is quite easy for the pests to eat up all the necessary leaves in just a short time. Always check your bonsai tree for pests and other parasites that may be present.

Bonsai maintenance is necessary for a healthy plant. Some people may not have enough time to maintain a bonsai and end up with plants that will eventually die out due to overcrowded roots or pests. Take time out to maintain your bonsai plant for better growth.