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Bonsai Care Bonsai trees are simply trees that are grown in small containers, and therefore require specialized care due to several factors. As opposed to common houseplants used in container gardening, trees that grow in the wild will typically have roots which can grow to be several meters longs and encompass several thousand liters of soil. However, bonsai trees are grown in containers that are typically only 2 to 10 liters in volume, which is unnatural for any tree. With so many places with bonsai trees for sale, it is important to know how to take care of them properly. Also, branch and foliage growth in the wild is left alone, while bonsai trees are constantly trimmed and miniaturized. Trees in the wild can easily grow over 5 meters tall when at maturity, where a bonsai (at the biggest) should not exceed 1 meter in height and most remain much smaller than that. The small size of the tree causes it to be more delicate and is therefore affected more by nutrition and pest resistance. Being able to maintain the long-term health of your bonsai tree in a small pot requires a special set of techniques: • Repotting needs to occur at specific intervals which is dependant on the type of tree. You need to research your specific tree to find the best time to perform a repot • Watering needs to be very regular to maintain a moist soil surface for the tree • Specialized tools are used to meet the specific requirements of bonsai • Since soil volume is so small, soil composition and fertilization is a very important component to a healthy tree. Rapeseed cake fertilizer is a favorite of many enthusiasts. • Location of the tree can also play a huge factor. Many traditional Bonsai trees are not able to survive indoors or in a home –contrary to what most people believe

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