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What is bonsai and how do I care for one?

10 years ago

> Bonsai is pronounced bone-sigh, not banzai.

> Bonsai is not a special kind of tree, it is a method for training trees. Any tree can be
trained as a bonsai. Bonsai literally means tree in a pot.

> Before any advice can be given about a tree you must identify it; (what kind of tree is
it?) There are literally thousands of trees that can be made into bonsai, and they are all
treated differently. If you are unsure try describing it on the Forum. Go to your local
library and check out a good bonsai book or two.

> Location is important. Advice can only be accurate if the location of your home is
provided: state, province, country and/or growing zone if you know it.

> Where the tree will be grown. Is the tree growing indoors or outdoors? Is it in the
sun, a window, the shade or on a table in the library? Do you have supplementary lights
if its indoors?

> From where did the tree come? What kind of store? A nursery, discount department
store, shop in a mall, mail order?

> Describe the pot: Does it have drainage hole(s) in the bottom? Are there rocks glued
to the surface of the soil? Is the tree growing, do you see new, fresh growth?

> The answers to these questions will speed up replys from the members of the forum.
This group has participants from all over the world. Some have been growing bonsai
for a very long time. Someone out there will have the information you seek about the
plant you have.


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