How To Create A Bonsai Dish Garden
Creating your own bonsai dish garden is limited only by your imagination. You have multiple options starting with the actual container, to the bonsai tree of your choice, and finished off with any decorations you select. This article was written with the help of Bonsai Tree Gardener and its article on How To Create A Bonsai Dish Garden. If you require more information, you can refer to the original article as reference.
Purchasing Your Bonsai Tree
When planning your garden begin with selecting a shrub or tree which is bonsai dish garden appropriate. This means your choice should be able to survive extensive pruning, and have small leaves. Many nurseries have multiple choices to select from including: Ficus, Japanese maples, and firs. When purchasing from a local nursery, the options generally are suitable to your local climate. If you order from a mail order source, you will need to be careful to be sure your selection will survive the heat and/or humidity of your home.
After you have selected your specimen, whether it is formal or informal upright, cascading, semi cascading or slanting, you need to select your container. Many nurseries have bonsai specific dishes, if not any shallow container will work. It is preferred the dish be made of ceramic, however, other materials are acceptable including clay. Before purchasing the container, be sure it has drainage holes for excess water to drain. You will find pots in all shapes and colors. You may decide to select one to go specifically with the décor of your home, or maybe one particularly complimenting the plant itself.
Once you have selected your plant(s) and containers, it is time to get your hands dirty with a little hands on exercise. To prevent your soil from escaping from the holes in the bottom of the container, add a small piece of wire mesh. If you will be training your bonsai selection yourself, you will need to thread wire thru the mesh to aid in the shaping of the tree or shrub. The wire you use to shape can be copper or aluminum. Aluminum is the weaker material, but will not damage your tree. If you use copper wire you will need to be careful not to scar the plant.
Now your pot is ready for planting material. There are a limited number of options regarding the soil composition. Many experts use Akadama, cat litter, or fired clay. However, for organic soil a combination of peat and compost bark is an excellent medium. Carefully add multiple layers of your potting mixture on top of the wire mesh and shaping wires. You are now ready to plant your nursery selection. Carefully remove the plant from the grower’s pot and examine the roots for damage. Trim away any damaged roots and trim to fit in the container. Use the protruding wires to secure the roots of your plant, and then continue to cover with the potting mixture.
When you are finished, add any decorative choices. This may include a decorative rock, or any item of interest. There is no limit to where your imagination may take you. Decorations are not required, but are a way to express yourself. When you are finished gently water the tree until excess water seeps from the drainage holes. Avoid jostling the plant for several days giving the roots a chance to take hold and become secure.