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Take Your Bonsai Hobby Outside With Outdoor Bonsai Trees

Lee Dobbins

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Many people choose to decorate the interior of their homes with bonsai trees due to their uniqueness. However, these plants are equally beautiful when used as part of your outdoor landscaping. Outdoor bonsai trees are true bonsais. The main differences between indoor and outdoor bonsai trees is the scale of the outdoor tree and the challenges it will face in the outside environment.

Indoor bonsais are generally certain types of tropical trees. They grow quite well indoors. These trees can be placed outdoors for a period of time during the spring or late summer.

There are normally two categories of outside Bonsai trees. In making outdoor bonsai trees, only a few species are used. These include both evergreens, such as Pine and Juniper, and deciduous trees that lose their leaves in autumn. Evergreen trees also go dormant in winter, but do not lose their greenery. Instead, they will not grow again until spring.

When planted outdoors, Bonsai trees can be placed in containers or directly into the ground. Outdoor Bonsais should not be kept indoors for long periods of time, but they will need protection outdoors because of frost. It is crucial to keep your outdoor Bonsai well watered. Check to see if the soil is damp underneath its dry surface.

Also, due to the change in the environment, these trees may experience some changes after being purchased by an individual. Before making any major changes for the tree, give it several weeks to acclimate. Some of these changes could be yellow leaves which might fall off. But in most cases it is only temporary.

Trees need a regular care regimen that includes trimming and pruning. They also need repotting when they are in containers. Check to see if the roots have filled the pot. This means the tree has no more room to grow and may need repotting.

By poking your finger into the container, you can easily monitor the moisture level in the soil. If it is dry down to one inch, water the Bonsai until the water flows freely from the bottom of the container. For trees planted directly in the ground, gauge the rainfall it has received and use your best judgment. If the trees require watering during the winter, the temperature needs to be at least 45 degrees or the tree could be damaged. The tree could freeze and stop growing if this is not done properly.

Bonsai trees can be grown successfully indoors or outdoors. Both locations are popular. Hobbyists especially enjoy the unique beauty of the trees as part of a well landscaped yard.

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