The art of growing Bonsai trees has been practiced for more than a thousand years now. The Bonsai tree is associated with Japan and the cultivation of the Bonsai tree originated in China, where the trees were eventually associated with the religion of Zen Buddhism and are now used for decorative and recreational purposes in addition to the traditional uses. A Bonsai usually means a simple “Potted Plant” and there are a large types of plants, trees and even bushes that can be trained and kept as a Bonsai. It is easy to pot a grown Bonsai tree, however there are some things that one must keep in mind while potting them. Here is all you need to do, if you are willing to pot a banyan tree bonsai or any other bonsai plant.
Prepare The Tree: To pot a bonsai plant, the first thing that you need to do is select the type of bonsai that you wish to plant. One you have bought a plant from the store you need to prepare it before transplanting. Ensure that the tree has been thoroughly pruned to the shape that you wish it to grow in. If you wish that your plant grows in a desired shape you can also wrap a sturdy wire around the tree or branch to direct its growth. If you are thinking of potting a tree with seasonal life cycle, then transplant them in the spring.
Clean The Roots: After you have prepared the shape of your bonsai tree, carefully remove the tree from its current pot ensuring that you do not break or tear its main stem. You can also use a potting shovel to help pry the plant out. Now, brush away the mud from the roots to get a clearer view so that you are able to see wha you are exactly doing before potting the plant into a new planter.
Prune The Roots: Now that you have a clearer vision of the roots and can see in what condition they are exactly, it is time to prune the roots. The growth of bonsai trees need to be controlled adequately otherwise they will surely outgrow their containers. Ensure that your bonsai tree remains manageable and tidy by pruning its roots before you pot it. Cut any large or thick roots or any roots that are facing upwards, leaving only long and slender roots that sit near the surface of the soil.
Prepare The Pot: Before planting the tree in a pot, ensure that the base of the new pot is filled with fresh new soil, that gives it the desired height. At the bottom of the empty pot a layer of coarse-grain soil and then add a finer, looser growing medium or soil above it. It is also important that the soil is well-drained to ensure the growth of your tree.
Pot The Tree: Now it is time to position your tree in the pot in the desired orientation. Finish by adding your well-drained soil making sure that the soil covers the roots of the tree. You can finish by adding a fine layer of moss or gravel that not only looks aesthetically pleasing but also helps in holding the tree in place. In case your tree is unable to stand upright in the pot, try running a heavy gauge wire through the drainage holes from the bottom of the pot.
Care For Your Bonsai Tree: After the whole process has been completed, it is important for you to take care of the plant in its initial stage. Leave the tree in a semi-shaded area and also protect it from the wind or direct sunlight. Water the plant from time to time but avoid using fertilizers until the roots have established themselves.
Once your bonsai tree is well established in the soil, you can go on experimenting with it by adding some other small plants to it. This will create a perfectly pleasing tableau that will add charm and elegance to your interiors as well. So, bring home luck, prosperity and happiness by potting a bonsai plant and placing it in your home.