Introduction

With an outdoor bonsai, you don't just have a tree in your home but a piece of Asian beauty and tradition with a history spanning centuries! On this site you can learn more about this plant whose cultivation has over time been elevated to true art form!

History

'Bonsai' is Japanese for ‘tree in pot’, but the art of bonsai originated in China. As far back as several centuries B.C., China's affluent and well-to-do were already greatly infatuated with bonsais. In the 12th century A.D., the first bonsais were exported to Japan, where the art form was developed further. At the 1862 World Expo in London, Japan introduced the bonsai and kindled Europe's interest in these extraordinary little trees.

Origins

This type of outdoor bonsai comes from southern China, from the province of Canton. Thanks to the warm and damp climate there, it is possible to breed tropical types of bonsais that are highly suitable as indoor plants. With various techniques that have been around for centuries, the bonsai are given shape in a process that takes years in order to arrive at the desired model. Obviously patience is key here!

Care

Bonsais like to stand in well-lit places without drafts, but not in direct sunlight. It is important for temperatures to be reasonably constant, preferably between 0 and 25 °C. Initially, it is recommendable to place the bonsai in a barn or under shelter. Water regularly, keeping the soil moist - but not wet! If the rootballs get very dry, the best thing to do is immerse them for a short time. Because bonsais like humid air, spraying the plant regularly is advisable. Between April and October, add fertilizer to water about every 14 days. Besides special bonsai fertilizer, general plant fertilizer is also fine, if you use half the dosage given in the instructions on the packet. In order to preserve the plant's shape, the sprigs need to be regularly pruned back to their original length. If your bonsais get sick despite good care, you can use pesticides intended for indoor plants, but in smaller doses.