Bonsai tree
Angela Slater
Daughter of a farmer and market gardener so have always had a connection with the outdoors, whether it was keeping animals or producing fruit, vegetables and cut flowers. Along with my work at Hayes Garden World I also have a smallholding, mainly breeding rare breed pigs. I gained an HND and BSc in Conservation and Environmental Land Management, as a result I am an ardent environmentalist and have a keen interest in environmentally friendly gardening. In my time at Hayes I worked for several years in the Outdoor Plant and Houseplant areas

How To Water A Bonsai Tree

Watering a bonsai tree correctly is crucial for optimum growth

As there is very little compost and a lot of root in a bonsai pot you really need to be vigilant and check daily, especially in summer. Watering in summer may need to be carried out twice a day, but in winter only once every week or ten days.  



Make sure you don’t leave it until the compost is too dry; try and keep the plant evenly damp.

Watering is easy, just submerge the pot in a bucket of tepid water and leave until there are no more bubbles rising to the surface. Submerging in a bucket of water ensures that all the compost and roots are in contact with the water and the plant is thoroughly watered. When the plant is watered from the top and the compost is dry the water can just run through.

Topping off the pot with moss or gravel will prevent the compost floating out of the pot.

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