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How to make a Bonsai?- part 3; How to Plant a Bonsai?



How to plant a bonsai?

Make your own Bonsai is not difficult, but we need to make some choices about which plant, which vessel, and what substrate to use. Consider our tips, and if possible, visit a specialty shop and see the materials available.

How to choose the vase for Bonsai?

The bonsai pots are usually shallow, wide, and they always have drainage holes. There are a wide variety of vessels available in different shapes, colors and materials, but we must choose the one that suits best with the plan and style you want to create.

We must remember that bonsai will probably be changed several times a vessel to its final state. Who limits the size of bonsai is the size of the vessel, which limits the growth of roots.

What substrate (middle) use?

In some regions we find specific for such mixtures. But if you want to make your own mix, the substrates are typically made by mixing equal parts comprised of sand, clay and humus. However, some adjustments may be made in accordance with the species used.

Changes ready for transplanting

Changes ready for transplanting

How to Plant a Bonsai? The Step-by-step instructions for planting a bonsai:

Before you start planting the bonsai, make sure the plant is well hydrated, better supporting the stress of transplanting.

  1. Thread a wire through the drainage hole of the pot setting it there. It will be used to sustain the plant in the pot while it is not yet sufficiently established. *
  2. Place a thin layer of crushed stone at the bottom of the vessel to aid in drainage, avoiding plugging the holes for drainage.
  3. Remove the plant from the old pot, discarding the soil retained in the roots. Inspect the roots and remove any dead or injured parties.
  4. Cut about 2/3 of the length of the roots with clean scissors. This may seem like a drastic measure, but the control of root growth is essential to creating and maintaining a bonsai. In some cases, this is not necessary.
  5. Settle the plant in the pot, spreading the roots at the bottom, securing the trunk with the aid of the support wire attached to the drain.
  6. Fill the vase with the substrate (middle) desired. Give tapas in the vessel to accommodate the soil, but do not over tighten the substrate not to compact it too. The soil should be at the level of the rim of the pot and the top of the trunk must be exactly flush with the ground.*Note: Attach the wire in the trunk simply because you will have to remove it when the plant is already fixed, after a few weeks.
Read also:   How to Care for a Bonsai (simple guidelines)

At the end of the process, water the pot slowly, leaving the ground wet well. If desired, place some compost on the surface of the vase in one corner. In the early stages, watering should be more frequent, since there are few roots and soil in the pot.

Keep the new bonsai for a week in a place with low light (but not dark), so there is a good adaptation to the new environment. After this period, leading him gradually go to places with morning sun, until the final location.
Over time, taking care of bonsai well he will adapt to the new conditions. For giving good conditions for their development, follow the directions in the following topic.

This ” How to Plant a Bonsai ” is a part of articles How to make a Bonsai. Read previous section here or jump to the next article: How to Care for a Bonsai?

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