Tips For Growing Outdoor Bonsai Trees

by Lee Dobbins

Many people choose to decorate the interior of their homes with bonsai trees due to their uniqueness. However, these plants are equally beautiful when used as part of your outdoor landscaping. Outdoor bonsai trees are true bonsais. The main differences between indoor and outdoor bonsai trees is the scale of the outdoor tree and the challenges it will face in the outside environment.

The tropical species of trees are the most common type of tree found indoors. While they grow well inside the home, they may also be placed outdoors in the spring or late summer, depending on climate.

Consisting of only a few species, the outdoor Bonsai tree will be a deciduous tree or an evergreen, such as a Pine or Juniper. The latter will go dormant during the cold weather months and will continue growing come springtime. During the fall the deciduous trees will their leaves.

Outdoor Bonsai trees can be planted right into the ground or kept in containers. This type of tree doesnt do well indoors for lengthy amounts of time. Outdoors, these trees should be well protected from freezing. For best results, an outdoor Bonsai tree should receive adequate water. Be sure to check the soil; the top of soil might seem dry but moist under the surface.

After purchasing and planting the tree, adaptation to the new environment can cause changes in the tree, including leaves turning yellow and falling off. Usually, these are temporary effects. The tree should be given time to adapt to its new environment prior to making major changes.

Bonsai trees, like any other kind of trees, need to be regularly trimmed and pruned. When these trees are old enough and their roots already filled the container, they should be repotted so as they will again have a room for growth.

Correct watering of your outdoor Bonsai is important. If your bonsai is potted, you can simply put your finger about one inch into the soil to check the water the level. If you find that the soil feels dry, water your tree until you notice that the water is flowing from under the pot. If your tree is planted in the ground, you will need to gauge the amount of water needed based upon the amount of rain in the area, or you can simply use your personal judgment. During winter, watering outdoor bonsai trees should be done with care. If it is under 45 degrees, do not water your tree. It could cause growth to stop and ruin your tree. If the trees require watering during the winter, the temperature needs to be at least 45 or the tree could be damaged. The tree could freeze and stop growing if this is not done properly.

Outdoor bonsais are becoming more and more popular – what a great way to bring a hobby into the outdoor!

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