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Larch Bonsai Forest, May 2015





There are many facets to bonsai tree care, all of which can be learned with effort, experience and time. If you are interested in bonsai tree care and do not want to learn through experimentation, there are a lot of resources available to you. You can inquire on bonsai tree care in bonsai circles, read online publications and books, or purchase instructional videos that will outline bonsai tree care in a way that is easy for you to understand. 

Leaf trimming and pruning are typically used to maintain the appearance and health of the tree, while wiring, clamping, grafting, defoliation and deadwood are methods used to enhance the overall style and design of the bonsai. Each of these methods needs to be performed with care, as your bonsai trees can be killed if you over prune, over trim, or otherwise critically damage the root and structure of the bonsai trees. 

While most beginners only work with the four basic bonsai supplies, advanced users will use wire pliers, and special concave clippers to help shape and grow their bonsai. As you become more skilled with your bonsai, you will find you need more of these bonsai supplies in order to get the style of bonsai you desire. 

The aerial root system, if properly controlled, can enhance the appearance of the bonsai without risk of spreading beyond the confines of its pot or causing root problems in the pot itself. However, there are a few things that you will need to keep in mind when caring for banyan bonsai. As the tree can reproduce and spread itself through the root system, pruning of the roots is required in order to keep the bonsai healthy. 

Because the bonsai plant grows in a small, crowded pot, the watering needs are much more specific to the bonsai than they are to the ground grown tree. You need to be able to mimic the natural conditions of the bonsai plant as it is in the wild without over watering the plant. Letting the bonsai plant dry out too much is also a common problem, which can be as damaging as over watering the plant. 

While many of these tools are used in basic maintenance of established trees, there are some tools used for grafting and defoliation that are typically only purchased and used by those who are forming their own bonsai tree designs. Many bonsai trees are only suitable for outdoor growth in ornamental gardens.