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Indoor Bonsai Care
TRIMMING & PINCHING
Trimming and pinching keep your tree miniature. Pinch and
trim back the new growth to the farthest safe point.
Never should all of the new growth be removed. A little
should be left to sustain the health of the tree. Tropical
and sub-tropical trees used for bonsai will require periodic
pinching and trimming throughout the year. Since
different trees grow at different rates, it is necessary to
evaluate each tree’s rate of growth and adjust your
trimming and pinching to accommodate it.


INSECTS & DISEASES
Since your bonsai is a tree in miniature, it can be treated
for insects and diseases the same as any other tree. If
you discover any insects or diseases, visit our website
where you will be able to obtain the necessary products to
eliminate the problem.
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With proper care, your bonsai will remain healthy,
beautiful and miniature for many years to come.
Since your bonsai is a living miniature tree, it will
increase in beauty as it matures through the years.
The instructions below are just the basics and,
therefore, I recommend that you purchase one of
the many fine books available on the subject.

PLACEMENT SUMMER
When nightly lows do not dip below 40 degrees, your
bonsai should be placed outside, such as on a patio,
balcony, terrace or in a garden. Once outside, your
bonsai should be positioned where it will receive
sufficient sun -- morning sun and afternoon shade is
best. A bonsai can be viewed best when it is placed
approximately three to four feet high (eye level),
such as on a table, wall or bench.
PLACEMENT WINTER
Once nightly lows begin approaching the 40 degree mark, it
is time to bring your indoor bonsai inside. This should be
done gradually over a period of several weeks. Bring it in
for a few hours the first time, slowly increasing the time it
spends indoors until it becomes acclimated to its new
environment.
The ideal indoor location is on a window sill facing south.
An east or west exposure is second best. A northern
exposure will work, but will necessitate the use of "
grow lights" to provide sufficient light to keep your bonsai
healthy. Four to six hours of sunlight per day should
suffice. If you can provide more, so much the better.
WATERING
The watering of your bonsai must never be neglected.
Apply water when the soil appears dry -- never allow the
soil to become completely dry. If your bonsai is receiving
full sun, it may be necessary to water once a day. This
schedule may vary with the size pot, type of soil and type
of bonsai tree you own. Evaluate each tree's water
requirements and adjust your watering schedule to
accommodate it. It is a good idea to use a
moisture meter
until you get to know the requirements of your bonsai
tree. Watering should be done with a
watering can or hose attachment which should dispense the water in a soft
enough manner as not to disturb the soil. Water should be
applied until it begins running out of the holes in the
bottom of your pot. A good rain is usually a sufficient
watering.
HUMIDITY
During the cold months, when your bonsai is inside, we
recommend placing it in a shallow
tray filled with a layer of
gravel with water added. This provides extra moisture
around the tree as the water evaporates and reduces the
amount of moisture lost to modern heating systems.

FERTILIZING
Fertilizing is also necessary if your bonsai is to remain
healthy and beautiful. Since your bonsai is growing in such
a small amount of soil it is necessary to replenish the soil's
supply of nutrients periodically. Any general-purpose liquid
fertilizer will do fine and is available at most garden centers.
We suggest that fertilizers be used at half their
recommended strength.  Fertilizer should be applied at
least once a month except during winter. Your bonsai will
also respond well to foliar feeding, with a water-soluble
fertilizer applied every other month as a spray.
REPOTTING
Repotting must be performed periodically on all bonsai
when their root system has filled the pot. The reasons for
repotting are to supply your tree with fresh soil, and to
encourage a more compact root system. As a rule, most
deciduous trees require repotting every two or three years,
while evergreens only need to be repotted every four or
five years. Since trees grow at different rates, this
schedule will not always hold true, therefore, you should
examine your tree's root system each year to determine if
it has become pot-bound.

In most cases, the potting process is easy and safe if
performed properly and at the right time of the year.
Repotting should be done in mid-summer. The tree, along
with all of its soil, should be removed from the pot. The
outer and bottom most fourth of the tree's root mass
should be removed. This is done by
raking the soil away,
then pruning back the roots. In most cases, it is not good
to prune back more than one fourth of the tree's root
mass. After this, the tree can be placed back in its original
pot or into another. The pot should have
screen placed
over the drainage holes. Then a thin layer of small gravel is
placed in the bottom of the pot for drainage purposes. On
top of this gravel is placed the new fresh
soil. Place a layer
of well-draining soil which is sufficient enough to elevate
the tree to its previous height in the pot. After placing the
tree back in the pot, the area left vacant by the pruned
root mass should be filled in with fresh soil. This fresh soil
should be worked in around and under the root mass in
such a manner as to avoid leaving any air pockets. After
repotting, your bonsai should be thoroughly watered. This
can be achieved by submerging the entire pot in a tub of
water.  
Moss or other ground covers can be used to cover
the surface of the pot to help prevent soil erosion when
watering.
--From Bonsai Clubs International
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TRAINING
Training deals with the art of bonsai and should be thoroughly understood
before undertaking -- or left to a professional. However, most of the true
bonsai trees you find have already been through their training period, thus
requiring only periodic trimming and pinching to remain miniature.
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