A person pursuing a hobby of Bonsai trees will agree that today there are numerous varieties of Bonsai trees available for sale. With this many types of trees in the market, it proves to be difficult to choose the right Bonsai tree for your hobby. However with some research and patience, it is rather easy to find a Bonsai tree that fits your taste.
There are basically five types of Bonsai trees on the market today. The camellias are small trees that have dark, large green leaves. These Bonsai trees are famous for its flowers. There are three species here, where the smallest, Camellia sasangua is the most popular as it is the smallest. If you choose a Camellia plant, remember that it needs shade and protection from frost and needs protection from insects as they are very susceptible to insect attacks.
Another type of Bonsai plant in the market today is the Chinese elm, which is the best choice for Bonsai beginners. This is because this is a hard plant that can resist harsh conditions, thus permitting more space for errors when growing this Bonsai plant. This plant has small and dark green leaves with dark gray to reddish brown trunks.
Unlike most Bonsai plants that dislike heat, the Fukien tea is a Bonsai plant from china that can be grown indoors, and grows best in a hot and humid environment. Although this plant is rather difficult to grow in some climates, it is a favorite in Bonsai growers as it has the capacity of bearing flowers the whole year through if grown in proper conditions.
The Baby Jade is also called the Small Leaf Jade, Elephant plant and Elephant Bush. This is a Bonsai plant that is native to South Africa that has pale, green round leaves and has the capacity of storing water not only in the leaves, but also in the trunk and branches. This is why this Bonsai plant can go for long periods without water. This is another perfect choice for beginner Bonsai enthusiasts. This is a Bonsai plant that grows rather quickly and can adapt to any environment.
The Brush Cherry is a Bonsai plant that has white flowers and round berries with small, glossy leaves. The specialty of these leaves is that with sufficient light, you find red highlights. This is a Bonsai plant that is found mostly in Florida and thrives best in warm, tropical climates. Although it grows best in natural light, it can be grown indoors with the right light.
The Brush Cherry is a Bonsai plant that needs lots of water in summer; however in a bid for more water, the soil should be moist, and water should not be left standing in the pot. In fact, using a humidity tray to mist the plant proves to be a great idea for the plant. As a wild plant, the Brush Cherry can grow to heights of 35 feet; but as a Bonsai plant, it grows only to a height of 14 inches in ten years.
These are only five of the types of Bonsai plants available. There are other Bonsai trees available; it is up to you to choose the right Bonsai plant with the right research and information.
Indoor bonsai tree:
The bonsai tree is basically a reproduction of natural trees in the miniature form. This type of gardening had first started in Japan and China, where it was in practice for centuries. Today it has become a hobby amongst gardening enthusiasts. The main reason people prefer bonsai tree is because they are usually indoor bonsai trees that can be grown indoors.
The indoor bonsai tree is a plant that increases in beauty over the years with the right bonsai care and bonsai tools. Although the bonsai tree is an indoor tree, it is required to periodically place the plant outdoors to ensure its daily bout of outdoor atmosphere. If the night temperatures are not below 40 degrees in summer, you can place the bonsai tree outside on a patio, terrace, garden or balcony. It is best to place the indoor bonsai tree where it receives maximum sunlight and where it can be viewed like a table, wall or bench.
Watering of the indoor bonsai tree is a very important factor that should not be neglected. It is important to water the bonsai tree when it looks dry; and never permit the soil to go dry. If the plant receives full sun, it has to be watered once a day; however the schedule varies according to the size of the pot, the type of bonsai soil and the type of indoor bonsai plant you have. It is better to use a water meter to ensure that your bonsai plant is receiving enough water. Use a watering can or hose attachment to water the plant; but dispense the water so that it does not disturb the soil. Water the plant until water runs from the holes in the bottom of the pot.
It is always better to place the indoor bonsai tree in a shallow tray that is filled with a layer of gravel during the cold months. This is because this provides the extra moisture to the tree when the water evaporates because of moisture lost through modern heating systems. The indoor bonsai tree also needs fertilizing to remain healthy and beautiful.
With minimal soil being used for the indoor bonsai tree, you have to replenish the bonsai soil with any general purpose liquid fertilizer that is available in most garden centers. It is better to use fertilizers at half its recommended strength, and at least once a month. The indoor bonsai plant also responds well to foliar feeding using a water soluble fertilizer as a spray every month.
It is important that the bonsai plant remains a miniature through trimming and pinching. Pinch and trim the new growth at the point that seems the safest. However never remove all of the new growth as little of the new growth has to be left for a healthy tree. The tropical and sub tropical bonsai trees have to be pinched and trimmed throughout the year. However as different plants grow at different rates, you have to evaluate a tree’s growth and adjust the trimming and pinching accordingly.
With this bonsai tree care, you are ensured that the bonsai tree grows to become a strong and healthy tree.
Bonsai tree seeds:
The concept of bonsai plants was started by Japanese and Chinese aristocrats over a thousand years ago. However today it is something all gardening enthusiasts love and just love having in their homes. Bonsai tree care is something not everyone will be able to do as lots of care is taken into growing a bonsai tree. The usual option for growing a bonsai tree lies in buying a miniature tree from a bonsai tree nursery. However there are some people who use bonsai tree seeds to grow bonsai plants.
This makes people wonder if growing bonsai trees from bonsai tree seeds produce the same characteristics like miniature bonsai plants do. The answer is yes and no because it is not possible to reproduce 100% of the same genetics as the cultivar. However it is possible to reproduce other genetic sets with the same characteristics. In fact, you may be able to produce a more pronounced dwarfed plant or a new color to the leaves.
There basically are no bonsai tree seeds as they don’t exist. So growing bonsai trees from bonsai seeds will not guarantee a bonsai. These bonsai tree seeds are tree seeds, since bonsai are basically trees. But it is because there are some tree that tend to produce seeds that resemble the parent characteristics like the Yatsubusa tree seed.
However there are some bonsai tree seeds that produce dwarf trees, even if they come from a species of natural height trees. This is because these seeds come from a plant that was affected by a fungus called the ‘Apiosporina collinsii’ which tends to attack the genetics of the seed. This produces the Yatubusa tree seed.
The Yatsubusa is Japanese name for witch broom, which developed from a genetic disease caused by fungi. This fungus produces dwarf shoots when affected by this disease; and the seeds produced thus inherit these characteristics with genetics. The Chinese elms, Japanese black pines and Trident maples are three species of bonsai plants that are known to suffer from yatsubusa disease. This attack on the genetics leads to a new genetic code found in the seed. However these genetically modified trees seldom produce seeds and are thus quite rare.
So it can be said that since there are specifically no bonsai tree seeds, you have to buy any tree seeds when looking for bonsai tree seeds. In fact, seeds propagated as bonsai tree seeds are actually tree seeds. And on planting them, if the proper bonsai tree care is not rendered to the plant, and if the tree is let to reach maturity, it ends up as a tree similar to the trees you find in your park or down your street. Except for a few exceptions like genetic deformation in the core of the seeds and malformation in the process all bonsai tree seeds are tree seeds.
So it can be said that bonsai tree seeds are basically tree seeds of bonsai trees that are preferred by bonsai enthusiasts. You can find many online stores selling ‘bonsai tree seeds’, which are seeds that you have to choose from to grow into a bonsai tree with the right bonsai tree care.