By Adrien Benson

Caring for a bonsai tree is a good way for plant lovers to see the efforts they put into nurturing a plant turn into a work of art. Through careful maintenance of leaves, branches and roots, a bonsai tree can be shaped to virtually any style that suits the artist.

There are a few places to begin when you want to learn to grow and tend your own bonsai tree. A pre-designed tree you purchase might be the way to begin with bonsais. These trees are typically five to seven years old and have had their basic shape already tended to by a bonsai tree artist. These trees require a lot less work, but are more limiting to your creativity. These bonsais are excellent for novices, who want to learn the hobby without spending years designing a tree.

If you're willing to do the work, or are a previous bonsai owner, you can purchase a young seedling and do the tree sculpting yourself. If you are planning to sculpt your own bonsai tree, there are several things that you will want to remember. First, sculpting a bonsai tree takes years. Many of the trees that can be purchased are somewhere between seven to fifteen years old, gradually sculpted until the bonsai tree has taken the shape that the artist wants. You must be very patient when sculpting your tree. This will ensure great success of this artistry.

When you go to sculpt a bonsai tree, you will need an assortment of tools. You will need wire pliers, branch cutters, and other pruning tools. Bonsai tree supplies that are required for general maintenance can be found at your local Lowe's or through a supplier on the web. While many of these tools are used in basic maintenance of established trees, there are some tools used for grafting and defoliation that are typically only purchased and used by those who are forming their own bonsai tree designs.

Many bonsais work best outdoors - in ornamental gardens. But dwarf bonsai, made from trees that thrive inside, are becoming more and more popular. Consider the climate before you buy a bonsai tree or a seedling.

Many bonsai plants will be developed in pots with drainage holes that allow surplus moisture from pooling inside your pot and causing root rot. Most individuals will use mesh around these openings to stop insects from entering your pot from the underside as well as keep loose soil within the pot. If you are involved in growing bonsais, you must ensure that you reside in a suitable area for the varieties of trees you desire to nurture, or focus on purchasing an indoor type of bonsai.

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