Cleaning Your Bonsai Tree
It’s common for Bonsai Tree maintenance to remove extra branches and stems that don’t add to the look of your plant. Feel free to remove all the branches that will not add to the shape of your plant. Remove all the small branches around the base.
The trunk branch of your Bonsai Tree should begin to run from the bottom of the plant showing your plant as a small tree. Bonsai Tree maintenance requires that all the small branches around the base of the tree need to be addressed. The branches that you choose to keep for your design should be cut back.
Pruning And Shaping Your Bonsai Tree
The first rule of Bonsai Tree Maintenance is that the first branch of the plant should be about one third of the way up the trunk of the plant mimicking the way trees are formed in nature. Although you’ve already preliminary removed the branches that do not contribute to the balance of the tree, now it’s time to do the final touches.
Alternate the branches up the trunk until you reach the top. The tree canopy should form a triangle with the top of the tree being the highest point and the lower branches reaching the farthest out. Older trees have horizontal branching and even droop downwards slightly. Wire the existing branches so they look mature and will grow in a horizontal manner.
Watering And Positioning Your Bonsai Tree
Check your Bonsai Tree to make sure that it is dry. This will change with the season and maturity of the plant in its pot. Water your plant thoroughly so that water runs out of the drainage holes in your pot. It is also a good idea to spray a mist of water on the the leaves of your plant to clean the leaves.
Remember to not spray the leaves in direct sunlight or at night because your plant needs a bit of time to absorb the water. Most plants need partial light and cannot handle direct southern exposure to the sun. An east window with morning sun is the best environment.
It May Be Time For Bonsai Tree Maintenance
A good time to repot your Bonsai Tree is actually in the early spring before your plant shows any signs of growth. Remove the excess soil from the roots and prune any obvious roots that are thicker than a pencil to promote smaller feeder roots.
By doing this you decrease the chance of tangling the roots. Trim the entire root ball and return it to its original container with fresh soil. Smaller plants should be repotted every two to three years and the soil mix should contain equal parts of sand, peat moss and perlite.