How to grow a bonsai tree


How to Grow a Bonsai Tree

Bonsai trees are common in many yards, gardens and homes. But learning how to care and grow bonsai trees can take some time and know how. The goal is to see your bonsai tree flourish.

Although learning the steps to caring for and growing a bonsai tree is simple, it will take time to know your own tree and its exact needs. So while implementing the care instructions to follow, make sure to keep in mind that your individual tree may need a small adjustment from the recommended indications in order for it to grow to it’s maximized potential.

Where to Put It

Different bonsai trees have different needs, but there are two main differences between the bonsai species. Educate yourself as to what type of bonsai tree you are purchasing.

The indoor bonsai tree needs little light to survive, although moving it a couple of days a week to a window that offers sunlight will help to keep your bonsai in top condition.

The outdoor bonsai should be kept in sunlight during the Spring, Winter and Fall months but be kept in cold conditions while it’s hibernating during the winter months.

If possible, take your tree out of the pot during the winter months and plant it directly into the ground where it will be away from the sun.

To learn how to care for and grow both outdoor and indoor bonsai trees you should make sure to read the specific instructions that came with the tree that you purchased. If the tree doesn’t come with specific instructions, make sure to ask the seller for instructions.

How to Water It

Another part of learning how to care for and grow a bonsai tree is how to water the tree properly. You should know two specific things:

- Never let the soil get dry- Never go more than 3 days without watering the bonsai, indoors or outdoors, even if the soil is not yet dry

You should also make sure to soak the tree in water until you see water spilling into the plate under the pot.


The final necessary learning curve of how to grow a bonsai tree is fertilization. An outdoor tree should be fertilized once a month in all seasons except for winter when the tree is dormant.

Indoor trees should be fertilized once a month during the spring only. You can use any fertilizer that you like, but dilute it to about half strength.

How to grow a bonsai tree