INTRODUCTION TO BONSAI KITS
It is not necessary to have expert knowledge to get started in the growing of bonsai. Getting Bonsai Kits are the best way to go which will save you time and money. If you are already growing plants or trees in containers you may have mastered some of the basic techniques. Bonsai is all about making miniature versions of mature trees, using the same type of materials from which the full size trees are grown.
The choice of potential bonsai materials is almost limitless and many suitable subjects can be obtained at minimal cost. The tree is just one component of the composition, the other is the pot or container, which must be complementary in size, shape and colour; just as a frame complements a painting.
When starting out in this hobby, it is natural to feel somewhat apprehensive about how to proceed. Therefore, the availability of Bonsai Kits especially for beginners helps to allays this fear and provide a starting point to this wonderful and rewarding hobby.
BONSAI BEGINNER STARTER KIT
Getting the right Bonsai Kit is the basic step every beginners should take to ensure they start on the right footing in Bonsai growing. There are numerous types of materials and tools for one to choose from ranging from the basic and inexpensive to the expensive ones.
A beginner Starter Kit consists of the following basic Bonsai materials:
Tree – Bonsai trees are cultivated and groomed in a small container to stunt their growth and they are a beautiful miniaturized version of the real trees. It is possible to cultivate whatever trees you fancy although some are more suitable than others. For beginners, it is better to start with beginner bonsai trees. Try to find one that grows well in your area and is easily obtainable, this will mean you have a wider group to choose from. Select a tree that grows well in gardens in your area and is easily obtainable.
Wrightia Religiosa (Water Jasmine)
A few good beginner trees if you are deciding to buy Bonsai trees are the Japanese Maple and Juniper trees. These are among some of the easiest to train and grow. These are perfect for the beginner, due to the fact that they are not extremely delicate. If you are from the Southeast Asian countries, The Water Jasmine or scientifically known as Wrightia Religiosa, is the most popular plant used for Bonsai.
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POT – The pot is a major part of the aesthetic of the Bonsai plant as a whole and must reflect that. Both practical and aesthetic factors need to be considered. There are a few things you should keep in mind when buying a bonsai pot. You will need to determine the type of location your desired bonsai tree requires, outdoors or indoors. Some bonsai ceramic pots will deteriorate when exposed to outdoor weather conditions, such as extreme cold. In these conditions, a ceramic pot will be more suitable as it is resistant to these conditions.
The drainage holes are also important to ensure good watering to the tree. One of the common errors among beginner bonsai gardeners is that they buy ceramic pots without drainage holes. Since the water stays on the bowl, the roots will start to rot and the composite will ruin. Check out that your pot has at least one drainage hole to prevent early tree death.
Bonsai Pots in Various Shapes, Colors and Sizes
Finally, you should consider buying a bonsai ceramic bowl which complements the color of your tree. In general, you should stay away from bright colors that will deviate attention from the tree. Bonsai is an art and choosing the right ceramic color is part of such art.
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Soil – A bonsai is confined to a relatively small quantity of soil throughout the year on which its very existence depends. Through the soil in the pot, the tree must be able to obtain water and nutrients in order to grow. For this reason, a bonsai must be planted in a good quality bonsai soil. The quality of the soil that is used, directly affects the health of the tree. There are a number of qualities that are required in a good soil mix;
Good water-retention. The soil needs to be able to hold and retain sufficient quantities of water to supply moisture to the bonsai between each watering.
Good drainage. Excess water must be able to drain immediatelyfrom the pot. Soils lacking good drainage are too water retentive, lack aeration and are liable to a build up of salts.
Good aeration. The particles used in a bonsai mix should be of sufficient size to allow tiny gaps or air pockets between each particle. It is important to the health of the roots that they have access to oxygen.
There is no single soil mix that is best for cultivating bonsai; variables such as local climate and rainfall, personal watering regimes and individual tree species all contribute to variations in enthusiasts’ soil mixes. Therefore, experience of using different soil types and ingredients will shape your own particular preferences. It is recommended that in the first instance, find out the soil-mix that local Bonsai enthusiasts are using and take it from there.
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Draining Mesh - Bonsai pots are designed to have lots of drainage. Hence they have one or more large holes in the bottom. To keep the soil in the pot, you need to cover each drainage hole inside the bonsai pot with a piece of plastic drainage mesh, but water can drain out and air can get in. You can easily cut the sheet into smaller pieces to suit your needs. to prevent any soil falling through the holes.
Bonsai pots with mesh over drainage holes (Photo by Ragesoss)
Training Wire – Wiring is a widely used technique to train and style Bonsai. By wrapping copper wire around the branches of a tree you are able to bend and reposition the branches. It is important to remove the wire after a couple of months, before the branches grow around it. Otherwise, you will end up with marks left on your tree. To remove, use wire cutters. Unwinding the wire might break delicate branches. Using the right material is essential for wiring Bonsai trees. Basically, two kinds of wire can be used: anodized aluminum and copper. For beginners it is advisable to use the anodized aluminum, which is easier to work with and sold in most online Bonsai shops. Wire is available in a range of different thicknesses, varying from 1 to 8 mm.
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Various Type Of Training Wires Copper Wires
Bud Scissor - Bud scissors are a short, bladed tool with finger holes used to trim leaves, small branches, and buds. This tool is used because you can cut with it efficiently without damaging adjacent parts of your plant.
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