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New Juniper Bonsai & Many Questions

Posted: Tue Jan 25, 2005 11:04 pm
by gumby
I guess the most basic question I could ask at this point is, how often should I water my bonsai? Not sure how old the tree is but the size is approx 7inches high soiled in a 8inby5in pot.

Posted: Thu Jan 27, 2005 3:11 pm
by opabinia51
Well, there is no finite answer to "how often should I water my bonsai?" as you have to watch the plant and test the soil to see how damp it is. You should never let the woil dry out completely, nor should you overwater the plant as you will drown the roots. Just keep watch on the soil, when it starts to dry out a bit, give it some water.
You can test to see if the deep soil is dry/wet by pushing a wooden skewer into the soil. If the skewer is damp, then the tree does not yet need watering.
There are a plethora of bonsai books out there, and you can probably find some at your local library. Every good bonsai book has a chapter on watering. I believe that Scott has a section on watering in this website as well and here is another link:

https://www.bonsai4me.com/Basics/Basics_StartingOut.html

Click on Bonsai basics.

Posted: Fri Jan 28, 2005 5:03 pm
by The Helpful Gardener
This is why I leave Opa and Newt in charge. Good advice... :D

Scott