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How to Take Care of Bonsai Trees

Most people think that taking care of the Bonsai Tree is hard which a misconception. Bonsai tree is planted in small containers, and hence only a few basic guidelines need to be followed when it comes to fertilizing, watering and repotting. When compared to the average indoor plant, the Bonsai trees are more delicate, but a few basic rules should be enough guide for anyone to take care of the tree properly.

How to Water the Bonsai Tree
Watering the Bonsai is the most important part of taking care of it. How often a tree must be watered on several factors such as the species of the tree, the size of the pot and tree, the time of the year and the soil mixture. These factors indicate that it is impossible to determine how often to water the Bonsai, but by understanding a few basic guidelines you can observe when it needs watering.

It is advisable that you only water the tree when the soil feels slightly dry. This means that you should not water the tree when the soil is still wet but when it feels slightly dry. You should also avoid watering on a routine. You should observe the trees individually, as compared to watering them on a daily routine until you are sure of what you are doing.
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It is important that you ensure that you are using the right soil mix. The soil mixture greatly affects the frequency of watering the plants. It is imperative that you use a combination that retains more water when you are not in a position of regularly watering the trees.
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How to Fertilize the Bonsai
Ensuring that you feed the Bonsai regularly during the growth season is crucial for its survival. It is not recommended to fertilize trees that have been re-potted for close to a month and also those trees that have a disease.

Repotting the Bonsai Tree
Regular re-potting is important as it helps prevent the tree from being pot-bound and finally starving to death. By re-potting, you are allowing the Bonsai to acquire new nutrients that it requires to keep flourishing. The species of the tree and the size of the container determine how often the Bonsai needs to be re-potted. Fast growing trees need to be repotted every two years while the older and more mature ones are repotted every three to five years. Do not make repotting a routine but constantly check on the plant every spring by removing it from its pot. Bonsai trees are repotted when the roots begin to circle the root system. If the roots are still intact in the soil, repotting is not necessary, and one should wait for another year to repot. Early spring is an ideal time for repotting when the tree is still in its dormancy.