Monday, January 7, 2008

Things to know and do before buying a bonsai tree

  1. Research the species first
  2. If your tree naturally grows in the shade some will need to be provided (naturally or via shade cloth).
  3. Rotating your bonsai tree several times per growing season will help to ensure all areas receive exposure to the sun.
  4. Try not to handle your bonsai daily. Leaving it alone will allow the root system to develop.
  5. If the tree species you are considering does not grow well in your area in the ground then the chances are it won't do any better as a bonsai.
  6. Using a well draining soil mix is key.
  7. Research common pests and ailments associated with the tree species.
  8. Join a bonsai club.

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