Buying Your First Bonsai Tree
Anyone thinking about going to purchase a Bonsai tree for the first time would be well advised to do some research on the subject first.
There are numerous books that can be found in libraries, Bonsai tree stores and horticultural centers that can inform you about buying Your First Bonsai Tree and the different styles you can choose from, how to start Bonsai trees and how to form them in the style of your choice.
One of the many places to do research on Bonsai trees, as well as helping you find out where to buy bonsai trees, is on the internet. There are literally thousands of listings on the subject matter of Bonsai trees from all over the world.
The web is filled with Bonsai tree history, interactive libraries, Bonsai tree videos that help show you step by step care and how to create bonsai trees for the beginner right up to those who are considered well practiced. Other valuable sources of information found on the web are Bonsai tree forums and Bonsai tree communities. These sites are filled with everyday people who are passionate about the subject of Bonsai trees who are willing to share their personal experiences, successes and failures with other Bonsai trees lovers.
The internet is also one of the best places to find out where not to buy bonsai trees. People will often list stores where they have purchased items from and comment on why the store was good or bad, how helpful the staff of the store was and how knowledgeable the staff was on Bonsai trees. They will discuss costs and overall quality, as well as how one store compares to another. You will quickly learn which stores to avoid and which stores are best to go for your hobby.
One of my favorite places for bonsai in the New England area is Bonsai West. They have a great selection of outdoor cold hardy Korean Hornbeam bonsai.
When first getting into the hobby, taking the time to view the work of other Bonsai artists might be a good idea so that you can get a feeling for the art. Bonsai tree exhibitions are not only a good place to view bonsai tree variety and design, but will often have bonsai professionals who can recommend reputable bonsai stores or shippers where you will have the best chance to buy bonsai trees.
There are many that are held in person, but there are also Bonsai tree exhibitions that take place on the internet, in which case you will view pictures and commentary left by other Bonsai tree enthusiasts. Other exhibitions are put on by different horticultural societies. Often these exhibitions will include booths where you can buy tools, literature and other supplies for your bonsai tree.
When you find the right place to purchase bonsai trees, you should always be able to find answers to your questions. The sales person should not only know their topic well, but should also be able to direct you to a tree that is within your budget and care capabilities. An expensive tree should not be recommended or desired for someone who is going to purchase a Bonsai tree for the first time. A professional will always recommend a practice tree to start with. If something ill befalls the tree another tree can be bought without the costs being prohibitive.
How To Take Care Of The New Bonsai Tree
Once you have decided that a Bonsai tree is for you, there are a few considerations to think about before making the purchase and commitment. You need to decide if the tree is going to be in the out of doors or if it will be part of your indoor space, as well as what kind of Bonsai tree you want. These considerations are important because new Bonsai tree care will be different depending on the type of tree you buy, and where it will be living.
When buying a Bonsai tree it is also important to understand that what you are buying is not a house plant but a tree that will require a dormant period each year, as well as regular pruning.
All new Bonsai tree care requires routine maintenance that pays particular attention to detail. This is one of the reasons that the new Bonsai tree care person must have done some solid planning ahead of time and is committed to patience. New Bonsai tree care is constant and very time consuming.
Before purchasing a Bonsai tree, your climate should be taken into consideration. A tree whose growth and climate zone is a match for your climate will be healthier and will have an easier time. You will also want to make sure that you know your species of tree and that you bring home the right species care pamphlet. While care of individual species will vary, there are three requirements that all trees must have; a good area or pot, soil and water.
When buying a Bonsai tree pot for indoors, it is typical to have a pot that is approximately two thirds the width as the tree is high and the depth of the pot should be at least half the height of the tree. Some care should be put into the pot you purchase for your tree; one that it is ecstatically pleasing to you so that you are not trying to re-pot your tree more than you need to or the tree will become ill.
When buying soil for your tree it must be able to hold moisture and not become compacted. There are special soils that should be purchased when buying a Bonsai tree that are important to new Bonsai tree care. The top soil around a tree, or what you have in a pot, is of vital importance because this is how the tree gets its nutrients. Soils contain special elements and minerals that are balanced for your tree.
For example, some soils contain peat, pine bark and clay aggregate. Discuss the soil needs and your choices with a professional and purchase it when buying a Bonsai tree. Once you have your pot and the right soil, you need to provide your tree with water. It should be noted and kept in mind that two extremes often happen when watering a Bonsai tree, one being over-watering and the second being under-watering.
The results of both of these extremes are the same; a sick or dead tree. Different soils hold water in different ways. Some dry out quickly and others become muddy. With new Bonsai tree care you need to find a medium between the two so that the soil will always remain damp between watering times.
Buying a Bonsai tree and new Bonsai tree care go hand in hand and should be well prepared for.