Taking the journey into the art of bonsai begins with the smallest step. Written by a world-class bonsai expert, 101 Essential Bonsai Tips includes helpful answers to many typical bonsai questions, both for the beginner and the expert. Features full-color photographs, easy-to-follow instructions, and tips on everything from selecting the right bonsai to wiring and grafting.
- Easy-to-read instructional book 101 Essential Bonsai Tips by Harry Tomlinson
- The author is a leading European bonsai artist and educator with more than 30 years experience in the field
- The book is chock-full of basic essentials to get started, step-by-step instructions and answers to all the common questions about bonsai
- Features instructional color photos of bonsai species, cultivars and easy-to-grasp training techniques
- Perfect for the bonsai beginner or as a handy guide for the bonsai artisan
- 72 pages, with full-color photographs throughout
Tips on Watering
Careful watering is key to maintaining healthy bonsai. Never allow your bonsai to completely dry out. Watering instructions may vary slightly depending on the tree or plant species. Please refer to the information tag attached to your bonsai for specific information. Over time you will be able to evaluate each particular bonsai's water requirements and create your own watering schedule to accommodate it. Note whether your bonsai is considered an indoor or outdoor tree and refer below to more specific watering tips for each type.
Best results are achieved by watering with a small watering can or hose attachment with a fine-spray nozzle so that water cascades are softer, avoiding blasts to bonsai and potting soil. To water, thoroughly soak the container's soil until water runs out of the bottom drainage holes. Periodic misting of the tree's foliage is also recommended.
Trimming and Pinching
Bonsai trees benefit from trimming to maintain their miniature size and beautiful form. Pinch and trim new growth back to the farthest safe point, being careful not to remove all new growth. For more in-depth tips about trimming (and training) techniques, an instructional book will provide the best, safest recommendations to keep your bonsai in tip-top shape.