By Tomofumi Yamauchi

Few things are rather more rewarding than taking a miniscule Bonsai Tree and inclining it until it matures into its full beauty. But wretchedly not all Trees are simple to incline for. Bonsai care is a fine art and a continual journey of learning and discovery.

The bonsai azalea is a hardy species that is known to flourish in mild climates. The species is indicated by a rich green foliage as well as extraordinarily colorful flowers seen in the spring and summer months. The best thing about this plant is that it evolves rather well to some heavy pruning. Following are some basic axioms on the way to care for your own azalea:

Remove shriveled flowers as fast as you see them. In the growing season of the species, be totally certain to trim back its interior branches, foliage, and stems so as to let air flow unreservedly. Be certain to use only sterile pruning shears. Be certain to trim suckers that appear at the base as quickly as you see them as well. It is suggested that trimming ought to be done intermittently throughout the entire growing season so your bonsai azalea can keep its shape.

Plan your hard pruning and re-potting during the early spring, especially right before the plant enters its growing season. Be sure to remove any damaged, broken, or dead stems and branches. When re-potting, be totally sure to remove the plant gradually from its pot and then take away the soil from its roots so you can inspect it for any damage or rotting. Use caution not to trim back more than a 3rd of the roots, so your tree won't become stunted.

Re-pot your tree into a fresh and loamy soil, ideally with a new pot too. It is best to mix equal quantities coarse sand, potting soil, and pine bark for this reason. As soon as your plant has been re-potted, irrigate it to market good firm. Pour water evenly over the soil till it seeps thru the drainage holes. After irrigation, you can ultimately return your bonsai azalea to its warm and sunny place in your miniature plant collection.

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