How to care
for your Bonsai

Overview

You’re going to want to pay your respect to Ferns – they’re one of the oldest plants in the world. 300 million years, to be exact. Possibly to your surprise, Ferns are not just tropical-loving plants. There are 12,000 species of Ferns out there growing in all sorts of climates that range from 2 inches tall to 30 feet high – nearly the height of a 3-story home! Ferns are very popular houseplants since they’re relatively easy to grow and their delicate-looking, lace-like foliage – known as fronds – are as inviting as those metal arms of a scalp massager you want to your head up against. While there are a lot of Fern varietals out there, they do all share one thing in common: humidity. Humidity is essential to the wellbeing of your Fern – if you have a particularly dry home then you may want to just look at the Fern and not take one home.


Care Tips

     Care Level : Beginner, Expert or Somewhere in the middle.

Caring for a Bonsai tree is not nearly as difficult as it might seem. However, as an indoor Bonsai trees there are a few basic guidelines to insure they stay happy and healthy.


     Light

Bonsai's like to receive 5-6 hours of bright, indirect sunlight daily, whether inside or outside. All Bonsai love to be outside in the warmer months (May-September), though there are many species which can be kept indoors year-round. Remember that the more sunlight and warmth your Bonsai receives, the more often it will need water.


     Water

Be sure not to water your tree if the soil is still wet, but don't let the tree dry out either, as they do prefer to stay moist. Best to water when the top inch of soil is dry.

     Humidity

While there's the threat of too little humidity for a bonsai, you'll also have to watch out for too much. It can cause mildew to form on the leaves, while it can make the foliage droop from too much moisture. We recommend you keep their pots on top of a tray with pebbles submerged in water to bring their humidity up without over doing it.

     Temperature

Bonsai do not like cold temperatures. Try to keep a temperature between 12-30°C degrees. most tropical bonsai will not tolerate temperatures below 7°C for any length of time without some damage.


     Pets

While not fatal, some bonsai trees may be poisonous for cats or dogs. These include Azaleas, Ficus, Jade or Palm trees. However, should be safe to be around your fur babies as long as they don't like munching on plants.

Ficus Microcarpa Aka Chinese Banyan

Ficus Microcarpa 'Chinese Banyan'

Bonsai - Fukien Tea Starts

Ficus Microcarpa aka Chinese Banyan

     Other fun facts:

  • Bonsai cultivation dates back to 2000 years ago! The earliest illustration of growing miniature trees in a pot dating back to 706 and discovered in the tomb of the Chinese Prince Zhanghuai.
  • “bon-sai” means “planted in a container”.
  • Bag End Bonsai landscape by Chris Guise – The wonderful Lord of the Rings movies were more than enough inspiration for Chris to recreate the Bag End landscape in miniature, with a stunning Bonsai as result.

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Jessie Duenas
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