The Q&A Archives: Growing Bonsai

Question: I received a bonzai tree for a gift and would like to know how to take care of it-trimming, watering, etc. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Answer: Bonsai have very specialized care requirements and these will vary depending on both the type of plant and the form to which it is being trained. In terms of day to day care, the soil should be kept slightly moist but not soggy so you may need to water daily if the soil mix is free draining and the pot is very small.

You might want to look at a book or two about the
general care of bonsais to see if you can meet the plant's cultural needs. You might also
contact the American Bonsai Society, c/o Patricia DeGroot, P.O. Box 1136, Puyallup,
WA 98371-1136, (206) 841-8992; web site: They have
several publications available to help you. Enjoy your plant!

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