Pine Bonsai trees

Pine Bonsai trees

Pine Bonsai trees

The Pine is a popular tree  species used for Bonsai, and is often the first thing that comes to  mind when someone thinks of a Bonsai tree. Pines can grow in many different shapes in nature and can therefore be shaped in  almost every known Bonsai style. The most popular pine species used for Bonsai include the Japanese black pine, the Japanese  white pine, the Scots pine and the Ponderosa pine. So how do you care for a Pine bonsai? The Pine needs to be placed outdoors, year round. It prefers a very sunny position. The Pine is frost hardy but should be  protected from strong frosts of around 15 degrees Fahrenheit, or -10 degrees celsius. Water the Pine generously whenever  the soil gets slightly dry. Best is to water your bonsai, then wait a minute and water it again, to make sure  the entire root mass is watered. Observe the tree closely and make  sure it never dries out completely. On the other hand, the Pine does not like  to be wet constantly, so wait with watering until the soil gets slightly dry and make  sure to use a well-draining soil mixture. Daily misting will help raise  the humidity around your Bonsai, though for most outdoor trees  this is not really important. Misting a few days when the tree  has been repotted is recommended. Fertilize your Pine once a month  during the entire growth season, from early spring till fall, using  an organic and solid fertilizer. Regular pruning is required to  maintain the shape of your Pine. Elongated candles should be  shortened to an appropriate length from late spring to early summer. If there are more than two candles in the same  place you can already cut off all but two. In autumn you can remove surplus shoots  if you have not done so in spring. Bonsai are kept in small pots, and therefore  we repot the trees every two years. If you see the roots circling around the root  system, your Bonsai needs to be repotted. If the roots are still contained within soil,  leave it and check again the following spring. It is best to repot in spring  just after buds begin to grow. You can propagate the Pine using seeds, or buy them online as these are  widely available at bonsai retailers. If the needles of your Pine turn yellow, this is often the result of not  enough light or improper watering. Again, make sure you place your  Bonsai outside with enough sunlight. And water it generously as soon  as the soil gets slightly dry. The soil should not be wet constantly. Learn how to create your own Bonsai trees, by  enrolling in one of our online Bonsai courses. We explain techniques like  pruning wiring and repotting, and you can ask questions to the teachers. For the curriculums and free lessons, go to: bonsaiempire.com/courses

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