Bonsai for beginners
Flowering bonsai trees
old bonsai trees -(one of a kind)
best house plants
tropical house plants
house plants low light
Pine bonsai trees
holly bonsai tree
Bonsai tree kit
Preserved bonsai tree
Pre bonsai tree
Wire tree sculptures
The nicest specimen bonsai plants for container growing are
Japanese red maple.
Outdoor bonsai for container growing on decks and patio's
If you enjoy growing bonsai indoors then it is only natural that
you take up this hobby and grow outdoor bonsai trees on your patio
or balcony. They make wonderful ornamental trees for the
front deck or covered patio that gets a bit of sun.
There are two varieties of an outdoor bonsai trees: deciduous meaning the leaves will turn color and fall off
and evergreen bonsai that keep their needles and
or leaves. Both
varieties can be flowering and even bear fruit.
The most popular outdoor bonsai tree are the pine bonsai trees.
flowering tree an
azalea bonsai is
the top choice for many gardeners.
Many growers do grow outdoor trees indoors very
successfully. Juniper bonsai area good example of this. As long as
you give an outdoor tree a dormancy period to mimic the winter
months it should be ok. You have to read the description, some trees
will not make it indoors.
Where to buy outdoor bonsai trees
Outdoor Deciduous Trees
click to view catalog
Varieties include Japanese red
maple, chinese elm, cherry bonsai tree, cork bark elm, red
wood, purple beach tree, mini rose, Japanese larch bonsai
tree and more...
Still need winter dormant period
Outdoor Evergreen Trees
(leaves stay on)
There are evergreen flowering bonsai
Varieties include blue moss cypress, white cedar bonsai
tree, blue spruce, Japanese black pine, red heather and
With proper care your outdoor
plants will remain healthy, beautiful and stay miniature for many years. Once outside, trees should be positioned
where they will receive a sufficient amount of sunlight – morning sun and afternoon
shade is best.
Outdoor bonsai tree care
In cooler climates, outdoor bonsai like junipers
have a dormant period and must be kept in a cool environment during the
winter season. Around Thanksgiving prepare your
bonsai for its winter dormancy, which lasts about three months.
One method is to bury your tree, outside in the
ground without the pot and then mulch up to the first branch.
Its best to choose a location that is protected from wind and
sun, but not rain or snow. Most species grown outdoors are rated cold hardiness as long as
you are careful they don't freeze.
method which is also common is to place your tree in an unheated
garage or shed. During this time, your tree does not require light
because it is in a dormant state; however, it will require watering
approximately every two weeks. Throughout the spring, summer and
fall your bonsai should be placed outside, such as on a patio,
balcony, terrace, or in a garden.
Apply water when the soil appears dry, never allowing
the soil to dry out completely it will stress the roots. It is a
good idea to use a moisture meter until you get to know the
requirements of your bonsai tree. A good rain is usually a
sufficient watering method unless you have just had a dry spell. You
can find more instructions on this page about outdoor
Since your outdoor tree is growing in such a small amount
of soil it is necessary to replenish the soil's supply of nutrients
periodically. Fertilizers should be used at half their
recommended strength, once a month except during the winter.
Most outdoor trees you buy at a nursery have already
been through their training period and require only periodic trimming
and pinching to remain tiny. Pinch and trim back the new growth
to the farthest safe point. Never should all of the new growth be
removed. A little should be left to sustain the health of the tree.
Tropical and sub-tropical outdoor bonsai, will require
periodic pinching and trimming throughout the year.
Repotting must also be done periodically on all
outdoor bonsai trees when their root system has filled the pot. The reason for
repotting is to supply your tree with fresh soil, and to encourage
a more compact root system. As a rule, most deciduous trees require
repotting every two or three years, while evergreens only need to be
repotted every four or five years.
Since different varieties of bonsai grow at different
rates, this schedule will not always hold true, you
should examine your tree's root system during the year to determine if its become root bound.
If this has happen, the bottom fourth of the
tree roots should be removed. This is done by raking the soil away
then pruning back the roots. There is more information about
small ornamental trees
for home decor or
landscaping small gardens on our blog.