Importance of Cutting Back Your Bonsai Trees To The Ideal Size

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The art of bonsai attempts to grow full scale trees in miniature.  This is actually an excellent way to highlight the beauty of your home.  However, if you expand your bonsai practice to its extreme, you may soon encounter a problem.  This is especially true for those who are attempting to grow Bonsai trees that are more massive than they have ever cared to before.  The fact that 12 to 18 inches of height is often needed to obtain the proper balance between tree and container, means that the practice of bonsai trees can become nose bridging.

Coniferous or coni­tential

The coniferous or coni­tential family of trees is by far the largest family of trees.  This encompasses trees such as elms, maples, poplars, sycamores and pines.  Around 400 species of conifers are known in the United States, more than double the number of other trees.  The most im­portant part of this family is the bonsai. Conifers are used to form the basis of bonsai.

If you are attempting to grow the largest conifers, you must understand that you will have to live with them for a length of time.  Typically, a bonsai grows best between 5 to 8 years.  However, this is a general range, and this does not apply to all species.  Inspecting net curtains carefully over a period of time will help to verify how effective the net curtain is.

When you have a coniferous bonsai, it is best to wait until your bonsai has developed a full canopy of leaves.  This is due to the bonsai’s requirement of a life period of 12 to 16 hours of sunlight.  After that period of time, you should then begin to swap incandescent light bulbs to grow to the full height of your bonsai.

Other plants growth next to bonsai trees

Ipers just like the junipers which are of similar size and shape, will also respond well to growing in close range of the bonsai’s foliage.  This is due to the fact that they do use light in the wavelengths the bonsai trees absorbs.  However, the junipers are usually grown to a height of 20 to 30 inches, whereas the bonsai is grown to a maximum height of 60 inches.

Bonsai requires continuous rotation

The bonsai trees should be rotated continuously to a new facing bed or panel, where the foliage of the tree will provide the enfolds.  This should be rotated continuously throughout each season.  You can also transplant your bonsai from pot to pot, then to the outdoor garden in the fall.  You will always end up with a better albeit older tree.

Junipers do not like the humid atmosphere in the home, therefore they do not respond well to regular air conditioning.  However, they are very susceptible to the fungal environment in the home.  The best way to eliminate this fungal environment is to humidify the room where your bonsai trees are located.  There are many products available at any home center which humidity tray will maintain a bed of water near the bonsai.  These products are very affordable and easy to use.

Bonsai care & maintenance

Care and Maintenance of the bonsai trees is based on the species of juniper.  There are several varieties of juniper which are not native to the United States.  These trees would have to be purchased and planted into the ground or container.  A best bet would be to find a tree salvage nursery that will parts or whole trees that are juniper trees.  Another possibility is to find a tree that is transplanted from a warmer environment to an outdoor environment.

Keeping them hydrated

Watering of the plant would have to be done so that the root ball will not dry out.  You would have to be diligent with checking the soil to see if it is getting enough water.  Another thing to watch for is yellowing of the leaves.  You should keep the tree protected from the wind. A bonsai tree is an investment worth making.  If you are trying to create an artistic expression of yourself and are meticulous enough to want a bonsai garden, then the bonsai is an ideal way to go.