Picking a Bonsai to Fit Your Personality

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Knowing what to look for when picking your bonsai starter trees is important to your success.

First you need to consider specimen trees that will flourish in your environment and one that will cope with your personality.

Here are a few questions you should ask yourself when you go shopping for your bonsai.

Do I have Care Instructions or do I know where to get them? If your answer is No, do not make a purchase until you can answer this question with a Yes. Different types of bonsai trees will require very different care instructions.

Watering:

Know what the watering requirements are. This is probably the most important thing to know.

If you are the type of person that will forget to water your bonsai occasionally, pick a type of tree that does not require as much water as some of the others. If you know you tend to over water your plants, pick a bonsai that can tolerate more water.

Sunlight:

The next part of the care instructions for bonsai plants is sunlight.

Most bonsai plants require a decent amount of sunlight, so make sure you have a sunny place in mind before you make your purchase. Bonsai may be grown indoors or out, but must get a good dose of sunlight each day.

The height of your bonsai plants is another important aspect to look out for. Depending on where you plan to put it, you will need plenty of head room to let it grow out properly.
If you plan to purchase a outdoor type bonsai, height will probably not be as important when choosing your tree. The same consideration applies to the width of the plant.

Shaping:

Many people love the aesthetic aspect of growing bonsai, so to be true to the art, you will need to take the time and effort to shape your tree and keep it groomed. If you have a personality that would rather not pay much attention to your bonsai then make sure you purchase one that is known for it’s slow growth.

There are many different styles you can use, or you can come up with your own. Whatever you decide to do, make sure that you have the proper tools to do it.
Bonsai suppliers, either local or online, will have the tools you need to order to properly trim and shape your bonsai.

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