Spring and Summer Bonsai Tree Care

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Bonsai Bliss: Spring and Summer Care Tips

Spring is a time of renewal and growth, and it's also a time when bonsai enthusiasts can begin to take care of their beloved trees.

As the temperatures start to rise and the days become longer, your bonsai tree will come to life and start to sprout new leaves and branches.

However, taking care of a bonsai tree is not the same as taking care of other plants.

Unlike most plants in the larger landscape, bonsai trees require special care and attention to ensure that they stay healthy and thrive.

Bonsai trees are miniature versions of the larger trees found in nature, and they are considered works of art. They are grown in small pots and trained to have a specific shape and size.

They are also pruned and wired to maintain their shape.

But despite their small size, bonsai trees are living organisms that require the same care as any other plant. The good news is that with the right care and attention, bonsai trees can live for many years, even decades.

In this article, we will be discussing the specific care needs of bonsai trees in the spring and summer.

We will go over the importance of watering, fertilizing, pruning, pest control, and placement. We will also provide tips on how to keep your bonsai tree healthy and looking like the natural sculpture it should be.

Whether you're a beginner or an experienced bonsai enthusiast, this article will provide you with the information you need to take care of your bonsai tree in the spring and summer.

Weeds

A constant task for outdoor bonsai is weeding. Remove weeds as soon as they appear in the pot.

Leaving just one herb in the pot is potentially harmful to the tree.

The weeds will fill the pot and draw water and nutrients from the tree. Eventually, they will also affect the roots of the tree.

It is easier and better to get rid of weeds as part of your daily grooming routine.

Feed

Your tree needs to be fertilized to maintain optimal health. There are many options to nourish and provide the necessary nutrients; organic, chemical, or slow-release.

Many in the bonsai community use Miracle-Gro weekly with 1/4 of the recommended strength. Others spray Osmocote on the soil surface to provide slow-release fertilizer with each watering.

Fertilization should be suspended if the weather is a constant 30 ° C to ensure that the roots do not burn when the heat causes excessive evaporation.

A balanced fertilizer is recommended, although some people change the nutrient ratio to reduce nitrogen content in the fall (Or nitrogênio stimulates or grows, therefore, not out, you must start to reduce or grow as the tree prepares to dry for winter.)

Fertilization must be interrupted when it is cold weather and the soft tree needs to hibernate until winter.

Trim

As your tree grows, the branches will lengthen and new branches may sprout in places you don't want. Eventually, the tree will need a few cuts to maintain the desired shape.

Small adjustments can be made with scissors or pruning shears.

Major adjustments (like limb removal) will require more aggressive pruning, and you may want to invest in some basic bonsai tools now.

Tools

Bonsai tools are available in a wide variety of quality levels and price ranges. Basic cutters (scissors or scissors) can be obtained at most hardware stores. Specific tools for bonsai work are available on the Internet.

If you have access to a physical location that sells bonsai supplies, ask the store staff what they suggest. The recommended tools are:

  • Concave cutters.
  • Long-handled scissors.
  • Wire pliers.
  • A wand is also a useful tool for moving the soil during replanting and for bending branches to see if you want to reposition them in the future.

Wire

It is also possible to shape and style, even more, by applying the wire to the branches.

Securing a bonsai tree takes some practice and it's best to do a little research on modeling techniques or seek the advice of experienced bonsai growers.

Also, visit local botanical gardens, which may offer classes on how to grow bonsai trees.

Repotting

Spring is the time to decide if your bonsai tree needs a new graft. Like pruning, replanting a bonsai tree requires some research, if you've never done it before.

Find instructional videos online, consult an expert, or a member of a bonsai club, or find a course to learn the best technique.

With a consistent care routine, your bonsai trees should thrive through spring and summer. In fact, this is the perfect time of year to bring another bonsai tree into the family.

Take a look at some popular trees to use for bonsai in our article, 10 Bonsai Plants for Beginners.

Enjoy This Video Tutorial About Spring Bonsai Care 

Source: We are The Bonsai Supply

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