Basic Bonsai Tree Care Tips

Banyan Bonsai Tree


Although the word “Bon-sai”  comes from the Japanese word that means growing in a tray, the art it describes originated in the Chinese empire. Today, with modern horticulture there are so many different variations of bonsai trees which have become widely popular throughout the United States.  Bonsai trees are low maintenance and can thrive indoors or outdoors depending on the type of bonsai tree used. There is no doubt that it takes some skill, patience and a little luck but it is not in fact as difficult as it seems. Below are the basic care tips for growing bonsai trees.



Watering your bonsai must never be neglected. To make sure you are you are correctly watering your bonsai tree,  apply water when  the soil has started to dry out and stop watering until the excess water seeps out of the bottom of the pot.  Never allow the soil to become completely dry.



The best time to prune a bonsai should be done at the start of spring. Pruning helps define the shape and style of your Bonsai tree. Make sure to prune away excess or unwanted growth and remember not to prune more than one third of growth at a time. Never remove all of the new growth, a  little should be left to sustain the health of the tree.


General Maintenance and Upkeep

Fertilize your bonsai tree every spring and fall.  Inspect the roots every few years and trim major growth in respect to the size of the pot. If you need to repot, it should be done in mid-summer.  Place your bonsai in an area that receives plenty of sunlight but make sure that the room is reasonably humid so the water doesn’t dry out to quickly.  Misting them daily keeps your bonsai tree healthy.


By following these basic bonsai tree care tips, your bonsai tree will remain healthy, beautiful and miniature for many years to come.