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Bonsai Trees for Beginners: 3 Tips for Starting into Bonsai



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the pipeline have you recently got your

first bonsai and you're wondering how

can you get the best out of your tree

I've got three tips that I use to

maximize the success when I buy a new

tree most people's first tree tends to

be either from a garden center or an

online bonsai retailer so for this video

that's what I'm gonna focus on make sure

you watch right to the end because I'm

going to give a fourth tip which is an

alternative way to get started in bonsai

okay here's tip 1 make sure you check in

with your bonsai

every single day you need to check to

see whether the tree needs water it's

also important to look at the tree look

at the foliage check to see are there

more leaves turning yellow than usual

are there bugs on the leaves most of all

just enjoy the tree on a day-to-day

basis you'll get to know the tree you

get to see how it grows you'll you'll

just enjoy observing the tree keeping in

touch with the tree and actually I think

it's quite a mindful thing to do it's

it's almost meditative tip number 2 make

sure you keep the tree in a suitable

location a lot of places keep their

Chinese Elms in a greenhouse or even

indoors in less than ideal conditions

for a tree so if it's the middle of

winter and your trees been stored

indoors your trees not going to be used

to the cold you don't want to just kick

that tree out the door

defender itself and it's gonna be

exposed to cold winds excessive rain

it's gonna be freezing one day and

thawing the next day the trees just not

going to be prepared

that so if it's the middle of winter and

you've just got your tree you're not

sure whether it should go outside or not

it's best probably to err on keeping it

indoors the next question from that is

where is the best place to keep it

indoors well the best place is where

somewhere that gets plenty of sunlight a

conservatory like what I'm in now is one

place or you can keep it on a window

ledge in a room that gets lots of light

the flipside is that you don't want it

to be too warm you don't want to put the

tree in front of a radiator or near a

radiator it's like it's best if you

don't keep it in the hottest room in the

house or in front of the fire a nice

cool light airy room is best okay here

comes tip number three usually bonsai

trees that we get from a garden center

or grown specifically as cheap bonsai

and sold by online retailers are shipped

in pots and in soil that aren't ideal

for healthy roots so I think it's a

really good idea to take the tree out of

the pot that it comes in put it into a

larger pot not too big but just a bit

bigger than one it's in put it into a

larger pot with some fresh new soil

around it and grow it in that pot for

one maybe two years maybe even longer if

that's what you choose to do giving the

roots a lot more room to spread out and

grow is gonna really invigorate the tree

within a growing season the trees going

to be bursting with health it's going to

be much more healthy than the tree that

you start with the most important part

of bonsai is to focus on maintaining a

healthy strong vigorous tree you can't

train a dead tree as a bonsai it's all

about health and giving those roots room

to grow is how you achieve health in a

tree at start I mentioned an alternative

way to get into bonsai

instead of buying a bonsai tree many of

which tend to be in really poor health

and end up dying and putting the owner

off bonsai forever a much more rewarding

and in my opinion successful way to get

started with bonsai is to hit up the

local garden center or nursery and buy a

tree or a shrub that was intended for

the garden not intended for bonsai but

to actually grow and train that into a

bonsai tree there are at least three

species that I would personally

recommend you look at if you would like

to try your hand at growing and training

your bonsai from garden center material

the first species is katana aster these

are charming little plants they usually

have small leaves they usually flower

profusely beautiful they usually develop

colorful fruits and the best things

they're really easy to grow the second

species is shrubby honeysuckle or

lowness or a species the shrubby

honeysuckles lana serenity de Lanice or

a pinata are great bonsai subjects they

grow really well you can take cuttings

off them to to to propagate and increase

the number of trees you have in your

collection they're really forgiving if

you make an error it doesn't matter

they're just gonna grow more to replace

whatever you cut off if you go a bit mad

trimming the roots it doesn't matter the

roots are just gonna regenerate but even

better than that

even though they're so forgiving they

also have tiny leaves they have

beautiful smelling flowers which bees

etc love and if you leave the flowers on

until the autumn you get these gorgeous

translucent purple berries on them they

look absolutely beautiful and then the

third species that I'm going to

recommend is the Fuji cherry code oh no

my I think it's pronounced is the

particular variety

prunus incisor Kojo no my these trees

also flower which bees love they're not

the most popular species for bonsai but

they are really really forgiving they

they don't mind root work they'll take

pruning really well and they'll bounce

back and they have this really really

interesting zig zaggy twig structure

really easy to grows bonsai highly

recommended coming up in future videos

I'm going to bring out some step-by-step

guides for growing and training those

three species training them into bonsai

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