Jade Bonsai - Knowledgebase Question

Bronx, NY
Question by kevinforbes
February 29, 2000
I have a Jade bonsai, and a branch fell off. I put it in water and it has started growing roots. I am about to re-plant it in its own bonsai pot. What advice can you give me about caring for this new bonsai. It is the first one I have cared for from scratch? Also...do you know where I can get an inexpensive bonsai pot to put it in.


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Answer from NGA
February 29, 2000

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Bonsai training is a long and painstaking process, but the first thing you need to do is get the plant potted into soil rather than water. To do this, move it to a small pot filled with a potting mix that drains well, and keep it slightly moist until the roots begin to fill the pot. After that you will need to begin training.

For detailed instructions on training your bonsai you might wish to
look at a book or two on the general care of bonsais; 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: http://www.absbonsai.org/ They have several
publications available to help you learn to care for your
bonsai. You might also find some helpful information through
the Internet Bonsai Club
http://users.nbn.net/~herrfam/... web site.

With regard to a bonsai pot, you can often find them in flea markets; you can also adapt almost any container of the correct size by (carefully) drilling a hole in the bottom to allow for drainage. Good luck with your new bonsai!

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