hi, yesterday i bought a bonsai and since i am a newbie and i am not a gardening expert i wanted to ask you for advice on how to grow it well and how to treat it well.
I don't want a tall or large bonsai but I want it for example 50 maximum. and I wanted to ask you another thing how can I prune it perfectly to make it look good ???? thanks, I look forward to your reply
note: I am a 14 year old boy xD hello.
congratulations for your passion, which, given that you are so young, you can develop and grow at will in the years to come. Basically one is the main rule for the budding bonsai player: each plant has different needs. Starting from this rule, a hobby develops that will lead you to know a lot of plants; bonsaists from all over the world are often self-taught, but despite this the art of bonsai is not improvised, to be able to practice them it is necessary first of all to know which plant we are dealing with, to know its needs, and therefore to be able to cultivate it at its best . Bonsai are plants of all kinds, shrubs, trees, bulbous, perennials; some plants grown as bonsai, if extracted from the pot and placed in the ground, can become majestic trees, several meters high over the years. In order to make these plants remain of small size, daily practice involves a lot of stratagems, treatments and techniques. First of all, however, it is of fundamental importance that your bonsai is healthy and well; and to have a healthy and luxuriant plant it is important to hope what plant it is and what its natural environment is. Only a healthy plant can allow us to practice pruning, stapling the shoots, repotting, pruning the roots; these bonsaistic practices are definitely a failure if practiced on a plant affected by pests, or that is watered in an incorrect way. So, since you are starting now with your passion, start by checking on the genus, species and needs of the bonsai you have purchased. Is it a garden or houseplant? Do you love direct sunlight or do you prefer shade? Does it come from an area with a humid climate or from a dry or Mediterranean area? Both sequoias and crassules are grown as bonsai, that is, both the centuries-old trees of majestic size and the succulent plants. It is therefore not possible to indicate general rules on the cultivation of bonsai, as each plant, in addition to having different needs, tends to respond differently to pruning, stapling, metal wire, repotting. When you have discovered the species of the plant you own, start to cultivate it in the best way, trying to understand how much water it needs, where it prefers to be positioned, which is the best soil to grow it; if your bonsai lives, grows and sprouts, in two or three months you will be ready to start treating it as a bonsai. On the net you will find many articles on pruning and stapling plants; while you grow your bonsai try to read something about it; considers that a good bonsaista in general went through a series of trials and errors, which guaranteed him a good wealth of practical experience, which added to all the knowledge he has been able to assimilate in years of reading, courses, internet research.