How to Grow and Care for a Bonsai

The art of growing bonsai has been around for more than 1000 years so Bonsai newbies should check out these indoor trees. Growing bonsai is easy and cost-effective. The easiest way to get bonsai is by placing an order online to purchase one that is already grown. However, this is expensive compared to growing your own. Bonsai are not genetically dwarfed plants but steps and techniques that reduce the growth of a plant while still allowing it to live long enough. Any tree can be grown as bonsai, but the following are factors to consider

Pick the correct species.

Plants are of different species that do well in different climates. This is why it is crucial to select the best species that suit your environmental conditions.

Choose an indoor or outdoor location

Once you have chosen what to plant, you will be required to decide on whether to plant it indoors or outdoors depending on where it blossoms

How To grow bonsai from seeds

Growing a tree from its roots requires a lot of patience since you must care for it until it becomes a big tree. However, it is never a waste of time, and it is worth it. The following are steps to follow when growing bonsai from seeds

Get your seeds

You need fresh seeds. Note that some seeds have a very short period in which they are viable for germination

Let the seeds Germinate

After gathering your seeds, you need to take care of them so that they can sprout. Bury your seeds in a pot of soil and keep it outside throughout the winter into spring.

Plant the seeds in a starter pot

Once your seedlings have sprouted, put the seedlings in a pot or a tray. However, if you germinated your plant outside in a pot, leave it there. Dig a hole and plant your seeds there. Always keep the soil damp but not overwatering. Do not use fertilizer on the plant for the first six months.

Care for your tree

For the plant to grow, you need to be providing it with semi-sunny conditions and water. After four years, you will begin to have a tree that you can train.

Potting a grown bonsai

If you don’t want to plant the tree from the seeds, you can place an order online for an already grown plant. Some greenhouses already have them, but they are expensive.

Remove the whole tree and clean it.

Once you have purchased the plant, remove it from the pot without breaking its stem. However, many roots will be destroyed when putting it in the new pot, but you don’t have to worry much about them. Clean any dirt that does not allow you to have a good view of the roots. This is important so that you can prune the roots when repotting to keep it neat, small, and tidy.

Get your pot ready for bonsai.

Add a new base of soil to the new pot so that your plant can have a better height.

Add your plant to the pot.

Carefully put the cleaned plant in the pot and cover the roots using a layer of well-drained dry soil.

Care for your new bonsai

After repotting, leave the plant in a semi-shaded area for three weeks, but you should not add fertilizer into it until the roots are fully established.

Now you are aware of how to grow, care, and plant your tree. You need to keep wiring and pruning to keep your plant thriving and healthy. Note that growing Bosnia trees will require dedication and patience.

How to Put Landscaping Fabric

Landscape fabric is an essential material in making sure that the plants will grow well by controlling the growth of weeds. With landscape fabric over the gardening bed, weeds are deprived of sunlight, the very thing that helps their growth. This is also used to make qipao and fashion clothing.

However, to get the best results, you have to properly place it over the gardening bed. So, here are some do’s and don’ts for you to follow:

Materials:

•             Shovel

•             Tiller

•             Garden Fork

•             Compost

•             Rake

•             Landscape fabric

•             Utility knife

•             Sharp scissors

•             Landscape staples

•             Mulch

Do’s.

1. Make sure the garden bed is weed-free.

Think of this as prepping the gardening bed. The whole point of putting landscape fabric over it is to ensure the healthy growth of the other plants without the weeds. Thus, before you start, you have to make sure that the bed is almost completely, if not completely, rid of weeds. Dig or pull out any of them that are already there so that you can start with a weed-free garden bed.

2. Make sure the soil is prepared.

There are a lot of things you need to do to ensure that the soil is well-prepped for the kind of plant you want to grow. You can do this by using a fork or tiller to turn the soil and add compost or anything that you need to put to your soil.

3. Smooth the area.

Still, with the soil, use a rake to smooth it out. Oftentimes, there are other things in it that do not belong and will only hinder the nice growth of the plants. These things can be rocks, twigs, sticks, and debris. Make sure to take them all out.

4. Unroll and lay the landscape fabric.

Now, it’s time to lay the fabric. Unroll and place it over the gardening bed lengthwise. Start from one side, going across to the other.

5. Cut the fabric to fit the area.

The size will not be always exact. More often than not, it won’t be. You may use scissors to cut the edges of the fabric and make it fit the bed well. If there are extra fabrics on some sides, you may use those to cover areas that the fabric didn’t reach.

6. Make room for plants.

You may already have plants planted in your gardening bed, but that’s not a problem. You may just cut slits in the fabric to make room for the plants. Make sure to put the slit around the stem of each plant.

7. Smooth the fabric on top of the soil.

With a landscape staple, smooth and secure the fabric over the soil. Staple the edges as well as the overlapped fabrics. There should be no bumps.

8. Now mark future plant locations with X.

You may plan to put more plants in the gardening bed in the future; plan the locations ahead by cutting an X on the fabric above them.

9. Put mulch over the fabric.

Finally, put 2 inches of much on top of the landscape fabric. Place it in a way that it surrounds the plants, but not piled up on the stem.

Don’ts:

1. Don’t have just enough fabric. It doesn’t matter if it’s Chinese fabrics for landscapes or not. Always have an extra in case something goes wrong.

2. Don’t NOT overlap. It’s called overlapping for a reason. There should be at least 12 inches of fabrics overlapping each other.

CONCLUSION:

Now, you’re ready to rid your gardening bed of weeds. You can follow the same steps with your other gardening beds.