The art of bonsai tree growing has its roots in China and Japan. With proper care, these miniature versions of the trees found in nature grow for many years and enhance in beauty as they mature.
Bonsai trees thrive in sunny locations such as balconies and patios. The areas providing morning or afternoon sunlight benefit the bonsai the most. During winter times, when the temperatures reach below 40 degrees, the bonsai should be placed indoors near the window facing south. Northern exposure will require the use of artificial lighting to ensure proper growth of the tree.
Depending on the type of the tree and the soil used, the bonsai should be watered regularly with a watering can to minimize the disturbance of the soil. It is recommended to experiment with the moisture meter to become familiar with the specific needs of the tree and to avoid overwatering.
Regular pruning and trimming will keep the bonsai tree healthy and thriving. As a slow-growing specimen, the bonsai needs very little care and will maintain its miniature size for many months without the need of constant clipping of the branches. The bonsai is typically re-potted every two years to introduce fresh soil and encourage the growth.