Bonsai Tree Proper Care Instructions
Below are the answers to the most common questions about our bonsai trees for sale. Follow these basic rules, and you are set. At Nursery Tree Wholesalers, we are about more than just selling bonsai trees at - we want to educate you and help you along in this unique art as well. At the bottom of this page, you can find links to your specific bonsai tree that will set you on a successful path to keeping your tree healthy.
Where can I put my bonsai tree?
Junipers and pines prefer the full sun for most of the day. Deciduous trees, such as elms and maples, will do the best in a sunny location that receives some shade in the afternoon. Most bonsai trees need to be kept outdoors!
Indoor trees are typically from a tropical environment, and also want their fair share of sun. They have adapted to bright, humid climates that are near the equator, so being kept inside away from a window will certainly kill the tree. Remember that bonsai trees are in fact trees, and need natural sunlight. If the summers in your area tend to be arid and hot, you need to be careful not to let your trees dry out in the heat. You need to give all of your trees dappled sun during the Summer to help keep them from drying out. They still need sun, but be careful not to overdo it. Azaleas prefer a location that receives full sun until around noon, with plenty of humidity present.
Lastly, it is always important to keep your bonsai on a bench or stool that is at least two feet off the ground. There are several reasons for this. One, it helps keep bugs out of the tree. Two, it helps prevent the tree from accidentally being kicked or knocked over. And three, bonsai trees are a delight to have and look nicer when they are easier to see.
If you would like more in depth information, please read our blog post dedicated to bonsai tree placement.
How often should I water my bonsai tree?
Using conventional bonsai wisdom, you should water your bonsai when the top of the soil is dry to the touch. Each and every tree will use its water at a varying rate, so be sure that you do not water all of your trees at the same time without checking to make sure they truly need it. It is best to use a hose attachment or watering can that will cast a gentle, rain-like spray on the tree and its soil, so that you do not end up blasting the soil out of the little pot.
If you would like more in depth information, please read our blog posts dedicated to watering your bonsai tree.
How do I train my bonsai tree?
Most bonsai trees are not simply a dwarf form of another tree. Bonsai trees are in fact dwarfed through training. Training involves everything from repotting and fertilizing to wiring, pruning, and watering. As your learning begins to grow regarding bonsai and about your specific tree, you will recognize the benefits of certain aspects of training methods and their use. For beginners, focus on trimming away any branches or leaves that do not “add” to the bonsai which you are trying to produce. Remember, this is your unique bonsai - make it your own. However, in order to make it your own, it will help to have a clear picture of what you want your tree to look like in the future. Start by taking (or drawing) a picture of the tree and then draw a second picture of what you hope the tree will look like in a few years. You can certainly always change this preliminary design, but it is important nonetheless to have a clear idea of where you are headed.
If you would like more in depth information, please read our blog posts dedicated to trimming your bonsai tree.
What are the best trees for beginners?
A very common question. The most forgiving and hardy outdoor trees that we offer are the Chinese Elm, the Trident Maple, and of course the Green Mound Juniper. They can adapt to most environments with proper care and are most likely to bounce back if you accidentally “neglect” them for a period of time. The Ficus trees are the best trees for indoor use, as they still grow will in low light conditions that are common inside many homes. However, if you can give them more light - do it.
If you would like more in depth information, please read our blog posts dedicated to the bonsai tree basics.
Is my bonsai tree an indoor or outdoor tree?
A very common misconception about bonsai trees is that they can all be kept indoors, all the time. While that is a very board mistake with beginners, this misunderstanding is not really surprising because bonsai trees are usually displayed indoors during events.
The truth is, however, all bonsai do best when kept outdoors year-round. As mentioned above, bonsai trees are in fact trees and will usually do best when kept outdoors. Most bonsai are temperate-climate trees and need to undergo seasonal changes just like their non-dwarfed cousins in your yard. These temperate climate bonsai trees can certainly be displayed indoors during any season, but not for more than a few days. This includes tropical, or "indoor", varieties. Naturally, tropical trees can only be kept outdoors in tropical climates, but outdoors is where they will grow best. Tropical trees can be kept indoors in temperate climates during winter with extra care and light.
For care sheets on specific species, see the list below