Bonsai Tree Care Instructions
In these bonsai tree care pages I have covered the most common varieties that we sell at our nursery.
Several years ago we struggled to find good quality starter stock for bonsai in the varieties that do well in this area.
We began to grow our own from cuttings mostly taken from my own collection of trees and several other local sources.
I won’t cover all the trees that can be grown as bonsai, only the ones I know well due to the fact that I have had so much to do with their propagation, care, maintenance and training now for so many years.
GENERAL BONSAI CARE
Basic information on position, watering, fertilizing, wiring and re-potting of your bonsai can be found under General Bonsai Care
For information about a particular variety check the list of trees below.
SPECIFIC BONSAI VARIETIES
Juniper would have to be one of my favourite bonsai species.
No bonsai collection is complete without at least one of these beautiful trees.
Most species of Juniper naturally lend themselves well to most styles of Japanese bonsai.
With compact growth, fine foliage and branches that can usually be bent and twisted easily, they are a great choice especially for the beginner.
From what I have discovered so far figs in general make great bonsai because of there natural tendency to be very forgiving when it comes to care.
You can over water, under water them, position them in poor light and as long as you realize before it is too late, most fig varieties will forgive you and begin to flourish again as soon as you rectify the situation.
The rough, pale coloured bark, elongated green leaves and small white flowers are all individually great features of this variety.
The clerodendron bonsai responds well to pruning and wiring, and grows extremely fast in the right conditions.
Although I have not yet grown this variety in all styles of bonsai, I could not see why it could not be easily grown in any style.
The feather-like leaves, the flaky bark and potential for a strong buttressing lower trunk, are all great features of this variety of bonsai.
The swamp cypress although not a true cypress, still makes for an excellent specimen for creating a variety of bonsai styles.
The Chinese elm is a great species to work with as bonsai, as most varieties already have small leaves, an entwined root systems and a rough cork like bark, that gives the tree an aged appearance from an early age.
These trees thrive on being pruned back hard and are easy to produce cloud like pads of dark green foliage.
More Bonsai Tree Care Pages to Come