Outdoor Bonsai Trees – A Taste of the Orient

A common misconception people have about the popular Bonsai Tree is that is a fragile plant that must have careful care and attention. In fact that is not the case, Bonsai Trees are normal trees that have been carefully trimmed and shaped to create a miniature version. They are as hardy as any other tree given the right chance. Outdoor Bonsai Trees have a better chance of surviving as they have access to natural elements that help the tree grow. In fact outdoor Bonsai Trees make the perfect decoration for any outdoor living area.

There are two styles of outdoor Bonsai Trees available to the everyday gardener, deciduous and evergreen styles are both interesting options for your oriental style garden. Deciduous trees are noted for their strong autumn colors and the yearly loss of foliage. The Japanese Red Maple is a good choice for gardeners looking for a deciduous outdoor Bonsai Trees as well as Japanese Larch and Chinese Elm. Evergreen trees are just that, all year long they shown a beautiful coloring of leaves for the gardener to enjoy. Japanese Black Pine and Boxwood are easy to maintain trees along with Blue Moss Cypress. Outdoor Bonsai Tree enthusiasts can also choose to grow fruit-bearing or flowering trees depending on their personal taste. 

It is important that proper care is taken of your outdoor Bonsai Trees. Proper watering is needed to avoid the plant becoming stressed which rapidly occurs if the soil surrounding the tree dries out completely. Be careful not to over water you outdoor Bonsai Trees however, too much water can cause root rot to develop. Use a watering can as a high pressure jet will dislodge the soil and damage the roots of your tree. If too much water drains from your pot you are at danger of leaching the nutrients from the soil

A healthy outdoor Bonsai Tree is a happy tree; make sure you use fertilizer once a month during the warmer months. In winter your Bonsai is dormant and will not require fertilizing by you. Talk to your local garden nursery about what fertilizer is best for your species of tree but if unsure a good all-purpose fertilizer will benefit your plant. Always remember to dilute your fertilizer by 50% to ensure the nutrients do not burn the root system of your tree. 

Regular trimming of your outdoor Bonsai Trees is necessary to ensure it retains its miniature size. Pinch off or trim the majority of new growth that occurs but leave a small amount to ensure your plant continues to thrive. As part of your care routine keep an eye on the root system of your outdoor Bonsai Trees. Deciduous varieties should be repotted at least every 2-3 years while the evergreen varieties can be left up to 5 years be repotting becomes necessary. This is only a rough guide, each species of tree has a different growth rate and it is important to ensure they do not become pot-bound.

With care and maintenance your outdoor Bonsai Trees can become the highlight of your oriental garden.

Outdoor Bonsai Trees – A Taste of the Orient
Outdoor Bonsai Trees – A Taste of the Orient

Outdoor Bonsai Trees – Bring the East to Your Garden

Anyone interested in adding a touch of the Far East to their garden must consider adding the perennial favorite – Outdoor Bonsai Trees. Many gardeners are worried about the how to maintain the outdoor Bonsai in their own garden, but with a little know how anyone can grow these beautiful plants for themselves. Often we think of Bonsai Trees as being a cute decoration for inside the home or office, but it is important not to forget they were originally intended to be an outside plant.

Your first step is to source a Bonsai Tree of good quality that is suitable for the environment you live in. Your local garden nursery will be able to suggest outdoor Bonsai Trees suitable for the climate of your area. Depending on the speed you want your garden to be ready in you can choose between seeds or pre grown trees. Seeds germinate slowly, remember they are actual trees; pre-grown Bonsai need to be healthy with a strong trunk.

If you live in an area which has extreme temperatures then you may find outdoor Bonsai Trees are not the plant for you. Conifers, which are the main species of outdoor Bonsai Trees, thrive best in a more temperate climate. In areas that are very hot or cold consider growing indoor Bonsai plants as an alternative.

Remember you will need to prune and sculpt your outdoor Bonsai with wire to achieve the desired shape. Training your plant to grown into the shape you want requires patience and if you are not careful mistakes are easy to make. Once again talk to your local nursery for tips on how to trim your outdoor Bonsai. There are short courses available to help owners get the best out of their outdoor Bonsai Trees. If you are uncertain of your abilities the Dwarf Garden Juniper is a hardy tree to begin with.

Once your outdoor Bonsai Tree has achieved the desired shape, occasional pruning will be required to maintain the look. Be very gentle, take your time. Small cuts are recommended, removing only a little amount at a time. Your outdoor Bonsai is not a hedge, look for the tree buds and only cut above. Also choose the time you trim well, Fall is the beginning of the tree’s hibernation and pruning during this time will cause less trauma to your tree.

Fertilizing your outdoor Bonsai once a month will also encourage it to thrive in your garden. Talk to your nursery for a good Bonsai fertilizer. Be careful not to fertilize your outdoor Bonsai too much as this can cause damage to the roots and will negatively affect your trees growth and health.

Finally do not be discouraged, if at first you don’t succeed try, try again. Even the most talented gardener can make mistakes from time to time and if you are just starting out mistakes are easy to make. Persevere and try again. Choose you plant carefully and remember careful maintenance will help your outdoor Bonsai Tree thrive for many years to come.