Bonsai Tree S.O.S.

“Hi, I just bought a bonsai, and I want to know how to take care of it. I have no idea what type it is. How should I water it? I’m going to put it underneath my televison where I can see it all the time…”

So begins (or words thereabouts) about 5-10 emails or phone calls I receive per week. I must admit my enthusiasm for such questions has diminished over time– perhaps cynicism has crept in, but I often wonder: What person would buy a living thing without at least a little prior knowledge on what that thing is and how to care for it? No matter, I will into the breach once more, dear friends, or else close up our walls with bonsai dead. Step One: Determine what species and variety of bonsai you have. Do this by going to the nursery from which you purchased it and asking them– but beware: Any nursery that does not tag their trees with clear ID and care instructions might not be worth returning to. Barring a return trip, contact your local bonsai club, society, or other reputable bonsai nursery. You can find many North American bonsai club listings on the American Bonsai Society’s website.

Buying Care
How to Choose an Indoor Bonsai Tree
Under Planting
Using Companion Plants with Bonsai Trees
How to Grow a Ficus Bonsai from Cuttings
How to Grow a Ficus Bonsai from Cuttings
Maple Bonsai Trees: Colorful Specimens
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Summer-time and Bonsai Care
Bonsai Tree S.O.S.
Wiring a Bonsai Tree: A Skill Within the Art
Classical Bonsai Styles: A Basis for Designing a Tree