Bonsai basics

September 7, 2007 RENU

1. Watering: Need to be waterered everyday or two. Best time to water is early morining or late afternoon. Soil shd be moist not soaking wet & not dry.
2. Fertilizer: Donot need much as we donot want to encourage rapid growth. Never fertilize right after repotting or when bonsai is very dry. Wait for 3-4wks. Dont feed if tree is in sick condition.
During growing season apply water soluble fertilizer in 1/2strength every 2-4wks.
3. Repotting: Must periodically be repotted every 2-3yrs to supply a pot bound root system with fresh soil. Do in early spring & water well after it is over. Donot fertilize for 3-4wks & dont let roots go dry.
4. Trimming & pruning: Remove vigorous growth of plant in spring season giving it proper shape & form. !st trim roots & foliage, wire tree so to grow in specific direction. Remove wire after 6mths, trim branches to expose trunk & to shape as needed.

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