Three Lovely Types of Bonsai Trees

Bamboo Bonsai

This is one of the extremely popular types of bonsai trees, easy to care for bonsai that allows growers of all skill levels to work with a fast growing, beautiful plant. The most common type of bamboo bonsai found in homes is the ‘lucky’ bamboo, which is believed to bring luck to their owners. This variety of bamboo is hardy, and can be grown indoors or outdoors, provided that the bamboo is protected against frost.

Like most species of bamboo, the plant does not thrive well in places where frost occurs. Frost damages the bamboo and stops its growth, often shocking and killing the plant. It is for this reason that many bamboo species cannot thrive in northern climates unless they are kept indoors.

For beginners, bamboo bonsai is extremely rewarding due to the fact that the plants are so quick to grow. A new grower can start a plant and see a large amount of growth within the first year of owning the plant. This lets the beginners experiment with wiring and caring for bonsai without having to wait for five to ten years to see the results of their efforts.

There are many places that you can acquire bamboo. You can purchase it at many stores carrying plants, buy new shoots online that can be grown and transplanted into bonsai pots, or you can cut shoots from other bamboo plants and transplant them to begin your new plant. How quickly the bamboo bonsai will grow and take root is dependent on the species of bonsai you are growing. Also, it is important to note that some species of bamboo will not take root as well from cuttings as other varieties.

Bamboo bonsai requires many of the care techniques that more difficult bonsai trees require. You will need the same types of tools to maintain them, and you can use the same style of wire to help guide the trunk and branches of the bamboo. When you are pruning bamboo, as with many other bonsai tree types, there is a certain time of year during which pruning is best done.

When best to prune your bamboo is dependent on the variety that you have. Each species of bamboo is different and requires a different care plan. As many people own the ‘lucky’ bamboo, you will most likely want to prune your bamboo bonsai in the fall and winter, removing all of the leaves. If, however, you are working with a dwarf bamboo you will need to prune in the early spring before the new growth begins.

Banyan Bonsai

The Banyan bonsai is one of the most popular types of bonsai tree found on the global market. It is a classical type of Ficus Fig tree that is relatively easy to care for. It is typically regarded as an outdoor tree and requires moderate light, but can be reared indoors. Be aware that, unlike other varieties of fig plants, the fruit of the banyan bonsai is not edible.

The banyan bonsai is good for newbies, because it is quite easy to care for and shape compared to many of the other different types of bonsai available on the market. This is due to the fact that the banyan bonsai grows in a way that is conducive to bonsai design and styling.

Given that the trunks of the tree have a layered appearance from the aerial growth of roots, it is not uncommon that designers will use this characteristic of as a fundamental part of the finished piece. The aerial root system, if properly controlled, can enhance the appearance of the bonsai without risk of spreading beyond the confines of its container or causing root problems in the pot itself.

However, there are a few things that you will need to keep in mind when caring for banyan bonsai. As the tree can reproduce and spread through the root system, pruning of the roots is required in order to keep the bonsai healthy and in check. Failure to do this can cause problems with the plant, and drastically shorten the lifespan of the tree. These trees can live to be over two hundred years old, so it is important that the pruning and root care is done properly.

Choosing the correct pot size is fundamental in the care of the banyan bonsai. This plant is also named a ‘strangler fig’ and a pot that is too big can encourage the bonsai to grow much larger than desired.

As this species of tree can grow to cover over a kilometer of ground, the dwarf versions of this tree can be sometimes extremely aggressive in smaller pots.

The world’s most renowned banyan, the Great Banyan, has a canopy covering a circumference of over one kilometer. This tree lives in the Indian Botanical Garden, and is one of the most famous trees in the world.

Baobab Bonsai

Baobab bonsai are one of the world’s most fascinating bonsai. Baobab trees grow in Africa, and are one of the world’s most unusual looking trees. There are many legends revolving around the Baobab tree. One of the most common being that the tree was cast down from heaven and thus grew upside down, as the canopy branches of the tree can look like roots. As the tree loses its leaves in the winter season, this characteristic is predominant during this time.

In the natural environment, the Baobab is actually at risk of becoming extinct due to predation from animals like elephants. Domestically, many people try to grow at least one Baobab bonsai in their collection due to their odd appearance.

If you are intending to keep a Baobab bonsai, there are several things that you will need to remember. First, these trees are extremely sensitive to temperature. They will not thrive in places that get cold. Many growers have witnessed a tree die within several days due to quick exposure to cold temperatures. If you live somewhere cold, it is vital that you store the Baobab bonsai somewhere the plant can remain warm throughout the winter season.

In addition, the Baobab bonsai should receive no water at all during the winter, as watering them in winter will cause root rot and your plant will die.

The most challenging aspect of caring for a Baobab bonsai, aside from taking care to water properly, is to acknowledge that these trees take a very long time to grow. You will not get instant results from this type of bonsai tree. You will need to take your time and carefully plan your bonsai design, and realize that these trees may take well over ten years before you see results.

However, they make an excellent part of any bonsai collection. As they are fairly easy to care for as long as you pay attention to the plant’s dormancy period, growers of any level can enjoy this tree.

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