Bonsai is a very fascinating hobby that only requires a good sense of imagination, patience and a green thumb. If you have seen miniature versions of trees that are either contoured to resemble a famous landmark or just about any imaginable design around the mall or other scenic gardens, that's definitely bonsai.
The word Bonsai came from the Chinese word penzai, which originally appeared during the Jin Dynasty in 265AD-420AD. Since then, it has attracted many enthusiasts around the world. The oldest living bonsai tree is called the Sandai-Shogun-No Matsu, a 500-year-old pine that is now considered as one of the national treasures of Japan. While you may not live to see the day your bonsai tree reaches that age, if you start planting yours now, it may just make a difference. The best way to grow one is by planting it from the seed.
Follow these pointers to know how:
- Bonsai can be created from any tree or shrub. Choosing which species you like the most is the first thing to do. In selecting, your primary consideration must be the survivability of the species to your climate. Some tree species can endure long cold weather while some others prefer a tropical climate. You must research the species that can grow with your climate type to be sure.
- As a starter, it is often suggested that you begin your bonsai experience with smaller tree types as the larger ones require more experience and are typically more complicated to grow.
- Unlike other regular tree-planting methods, planting your bonsai from the seed requires extra caution. This is where your patience and dedication to your hobby, as well as your skills will be put to the test. Experts say that the best season to grow a bonsai is during spring since soil temperature is at its finest. Simply plant the seed at your garden or pot about half an inch from the surface. In a month's time, your bonsai will start showing up from the soil and you have to move them to a place where they can receive ample sunlight.
- Fertilizers are a way to nurture your bonsai. Just make sure to consult your fertilizer provider for non-harmful chemical content that may be hazardous to your plants. Monthly drizzles of potassium and nitrogen phosphates are a good way to go.
- Of course, watering your baby tree is always a good idea. The right amount of water supply – not too much and not too scarce – shall do the trick. The humidity of the soil, the existing climate and the tree type are factors to look at when making sure your trees are properly hydrated.
- The soil type is also a critical contributing factor to the fate of your bonsai. Although different tree species need different soil types, the general rule of thumb is 70% grit, 30% humus for needled plants and 30% grit, 70% humus for deciduous plants. Deciduous plants are trees, shrubs and other perennials that lose all their leaves at any point in a year.
Bonsai experts say that the best way to enjoy the hobby is by trying new things with your miniature trees. At their prime, you may start shaping your bonsai depending on how you imagined it to look like. This is the winning moment of such a hobby and a fitting reward for all your hard work.