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Zen Reflections Juniper Bonsai
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- BONSAI TREE – Bonsai is popularized by Japanese people as an art of growing ornamental, dwarf trees. Bonsai Plants is assumed to have the same life cycle of the normal size trees. Growing and taking care of Bonsai’s is one way to relieve stress and will develop as a good hobby. Can be a décor to your home or office. In feng shui, bonsai trees is believe to bring a good luck.
- TAKING CARE OF BONSAI – Each Bonsai Trees has a specific care procedure. Most common reason why bonsai tree dies is over watering. Keep in mind that you need to check your bonsai tree frequently. Watering, fertilizing and repotting your tree should always be in your mind.
- KEEPING BONSAI TREE IN SHAPE – trimming a bonsai tree comes in two ways. First is maintenance-pruning, which means you need to maintain and refine the existing shape of a Bonsai. Second is structural-pruning, which requires more rigorous pruning or trimming to give a tree its basic shape or style.
- 9GreenBox Zen Reflections Bonsai will be delivered in an 7" glazed clay pot.
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Zen Reflections Juniper Bonsai
The Art of Bonsai
“Bonsai” is the Japanese pronunciation of the Chinese word “penzai’, meaning “tray planting”. Bonsai are not a species but a general term for any plant tamed at a miniature size, in a vase or pot, and has been practiced for hundreds of years. People who keep bonsai favor the exercise for its meditative and calming effects. With years of training the trunk and leaves, the plant can be shaped into whatever the artist desires. Some bonsai live to be hundreds of years old, passed down through generations if they are properly maintained.
Bonsai are not typical houseplants. Juniper trees are evergreen coniferous shrubs that thrive best outside in humid environments.
Keeping a plant in a pot is vastly different from its natural state in the wild. For bonsai, plants are kept in small containers where their roots have very little space. These differences have a heavy impact on their ability to resist pests, transpiration, and nutrition, so proper long term care is necessary for a healthy life.
Training Methods -
Pruning and Trimming
Cutting back the growth of branches, or parts of the trunk. This is what keeps the tree miniature. Leaves are typically removed by special scissors for bonsai, or any blade with a sharp edge. Do not trim the tree like a bush or a hedge, or the removal of the tips will weaken the tree and it will likely turn brown.
Clamping and Wiring
These instruments are for shaping the branches and trunk. By applying pressure on the plant, the direction of growth is encouraged to go a certain direction.
Grafting and Aging
Placing new growing material into the tree.
Deadwood bonsai techniques are used to enhance texture and maturity.
Juniper thrive best outside and should not remain inside for more than several days, as an indoor environment cannot provide necessary nutrition. Place the bonsai in an area sheltered from harsh wind and weather where they can receive full sunlight for at least six hours a day, year round. During winter if temperatures drop below twenty degrees, you should bring it to a sheltered place such as a garage or shed. When the tree is in dormancy it won’t require sunlight, but it will still need to be watered every two to three weeks. The leaves may temporarily turn brown, but they’ll turn green again in the spring.
Watering bonsai depends on many factors, such as the time of year, dryness, and temperature, so a careful eye is needed in learning how to care for your plant’s needs. Juniper trees don’t like consistently moist soil, so they should be watered when the soil looks just about dry. That means you shouldn’t water again when the soil still appears wet. Don’t water on routine- observe the tree closely, and test the soil with your finger so see if it’s moist. You can use a watering can or hose with a gentle current, or mister. Run the water through until it drains out the bottom of the pot to make sure the root system gets a thorough soaking.
Since the root system of the bonsai is cramped in such a tiny space, the soil eventually runs out of nutrients to absorb, so fertilizing is necessary.
You can use fish emulsion or a balanced fertilizer at half the dosage, feeding once every two weeks or at least twice a month. Do not fertilize during winter, as the plant will be in dormancy.
Repotting helps to establish a sturdier root ball, and will be necessary when the roots begin to crowd out of the draining holes. For evergreens, they need to be repotted every four to five years.
Proper health is greatly dependent on the quality of soil. A ratio of half akadama, a quarter pumice, and a quarter igneous rock is ideal. You can add compost to help retain more water if you don’t want to water often.
Gently remove the tree from the pot. Scrape away the dirt from the roots gently, and prune them back no more than a quarter of the root ball’s mass. Placing mesh over the draining holes keeps the soil from running out when watering. Then you can lay a fresh layer of soil at the bottom to elevate the tree to the desired height. Set the tree in gently and full the empty spaces with soil, making sure to not leave any gaps between the roots. Once the tree is settled, it needs a thorough soaking. Submerging the pot in a tub of water is a great way to hydrate the roots.
The Juniper Bonsai is commonly regarded as the beginner bonsai, as for the easiness of care for the plant. Growing these small trees is an ancient art form in which the leaves can be trimmed and guided to be made into the owner's desired shape. Bonsai convey the symbols of meditation, harmony, peace, and balance. Junipers prefer soil that is slightly dry, but it should not be exposed to prolonged dryness. It is best to water the plant well, allowing for proper drainage, and then allow the soil to become dry before
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2 tips however,
First, it is not meant to live indoors, unless it gets a LOT of light, but it is very happy outside in most climates.
Second, I got a candle wick and put it in the pond and along the surface of the dirt. Then I put some local moss (cut from under a tree) over all of the dirt. This made a very nice little system where the wick pulls water from the pond, and the moss looks nice and keeps the moisture in so that the whole little system is happy and I only have to refill the pond to water it, and no water is leaking out of the bottom ever.
If you have any questions or found this review useful, please let me know 💖
REASON (for 1 to 5): I totally love the pot, water cavity, soil and price. The tree is budding at the ends, but a little burnt from underneath (as shown in the images), which is my reason to give 1 on my first review. I switched to 5, because the seller has been kind enough to give me tips to make it better and an alternative as well.
INITIAL REVIEW: Is my tree dying? I just received the tree on Monday with couple of dry branches and leaves, plus I did not pay keen attention to what's under the green leaves. Since arrival it has been brown and drying up from the bottom. I have enclosed the pictures. If anyone could help me understand if this is normal, I can change the stars on the review.
Without any prompting from me, I received another tree in the mail just a few days later. It had the expected pot along with another healthy tree. I can only assume it was in response to my comments. A seller who cares about the satisfaction of its customers is always someone to do business with. Very happy now. Would recommend.