If you are looking for the joy that comes from properly caring for a small bonsai tree, do some research into the different styles, such as the informal upright, formal upright, slanting, cascade or broom, among others. This will help you understand the aesthetics you wish to achieve. Bonsai are beautiful and, depending on their type, may be very quirky and unusual. With a bit of exploring, you’ll be able to get one you can best shape to your liking, and give it a location where it will shine. Create the ideal decoration! 

Bonsai: a constant learning curve 

Secondly, you should also try to learn more about the most common tree species used in bonsai. We are talking about a wide variety of options such as pine, elm, ficus or juniper. We’re sure you’ll like them all, but, as they say, “he who wants everything holds nothing”. 

The main thing to be aware of is that every tree has specific needs and you must assess whether you have the right environment to meet them. If you are just stepping into the world of bonsai, then we would recommend species such as the ficus or the Chinese elm. They are easy to care for and very resistant.

If you are concerned about how you can ensure maximum bonsai health, then knowledge is power. Do some good groundwork and acquire the knowledge you need about watering, pruning and repotting, as these are fundamental procedures for the full and healthy development of your bonsai. Remember that pruning branches and leaves is key to stimulating growth and branching. Remove everything that is dead or that could damage the plant, then place it somewhere where it can receive indirect sunlight. 

One thing that cannot be left unsaid with regard to the health of bonsai is humidity. Extremes are not good and it is best to ensure that there are no dry periods between waterings, and that the substrate does not become waterlogged by excessive watering. Both can end up causing problems for the bonsai.  

Bonsai is an art that requires patience and dedication. Regularly observe your tree and make the necessary adjustments, depending on its development. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes, as you will learn from them. You will gain experience. You will learn the history of each bonsai during the various stages of the journey you have started. 

If you would like to receive more information and advice about bonsai, you can find us on Zoka. We answer any questions you may have and provide you with the most carefully selected fertilisers.