Bonsai Palm Tree – The Desert Inside

For Bonsai growers looking for something a little different, a Bonsai Palm Tree may offer the uniqueness you are looking for. With several varieties available including the popular ponytail palm, sago palm and Madagascar palm there is a look for everyone. Each variety has its own characteristics and growing times but in general all types of the Bonsai Palm Tree can be cared for in the same way.

Caring for a bonsai palm tree

Pruning is an important component of maintaining the health of your Bonsai Palm Tree. During the growing seasons prune lightly to ensure health and shape are maintained. Any yellow or brown leaves should be removed immediately as they can sap the strength of the palm tree as it tries to heal their damaged sections. Use sterilized shears to prune any area that needs attention.

Bonsai Palm Tree – The Desert Inside
Bonsai Palm Tree – The Desert Inside

During winter it is ok to cut back any foliage which has grown too vigorously on your Bonsai Palm Tree over the summer season. New growth should only be removed if necessary, too much new growth removal will stunt the growth of the Bonsai Palm Tree.

Too stimulate lower growth on your Bonsai Palm Tree trim foliage at the top of the plant. This process is especially important for Madagascar palms and the ponytail variety as the have vigorous growth up high.

Ensure the Bonsai Palm Tree does not become rot bound by repotting during the spring. Carefully remove the Bonsai Palm Tree from its container; certain varieties have a surface covered in prickles. Remove one inch from the circumference of the root ball each time you repot to allow the growth to continue without causing damage. Make sure any wilted or damaged roots are removed during this process.

Choose a new container which is of a similar size; make sure the drainage holes are covered with mesh to prevent soil from falling out. Replace half of the soil but allow some of the original soil to remain in order to preserve the natural fungus and enzymes necessary for healthy growth. Ensure the new soil is of high quality and contains has pH level which is neutral and designed especially for Bonsai Palm Tree health.

Water the Bonsai Palm Tree immediately after repotting, watch the water draining until it runs clear. Wait until the excess water has drained completely and then choose a warm location with semi-shade to allow the plant to rest for one month. Do not fertilize during the resting period.

Growth at this time will be of smaller leaves that do not conform with the scale of your Bonsai Palm Tree. It is important to remove these as they occur to preserve the overall appearance of your plant. Use scissors or small gardening shears which have been sterilized. A good sterilization solution for all tools and containers used is one gallon of water mixed with two tbsp. of bleach.

Bonsai Palm Tree varieties have similar needs, with a little care and patience they can grow into a stunning plant that will take pride of place in your home or office.