Hi, today I bought a bonsai from Leroy Merlin. I bought it to put it in my new office, on the writing desk, because I love these Zen / Japanese style things, the minimalist style and the Orient in general.I have never had a bonsai and I have no idea how to care for it. I honestly don’t remember the name of the bonsai that I bought and since I left it in the office (now I’m at home) I can’t see it. My question is: in general, what should I do after buying a bonsai? are there any operations I need to do immediately? for example. should it be poured into a larger vase or something like that or is it ready to put it as it is in a desk? It is about 20 cm high, the vase is of glazed ceramic (at least on the outside, inside I have no case), or something like that, let’s say those classic bonsai pots, dark blue color. The pot is about 20 cm wide and the earth currently seems dry, compact to me. I noticed that the trunk of the tree along with the adjacent soil moves a little with respect to the rest of the earth (practically there is some earth attached to the trunk which if I move the trunk moves with respect to the rest of the earth in the pot, as if it were detached). They were almost all the ones they were selling. Is it a problem? Do I have to do something? Thank you very much!
Carmona bonsai

Dear Marco,

usually the bonsai that are sold in hobby shops are plants prepared in series, often of medium or low quality; this does not mean that it is a poorly harmonious plant or certainly of poor quality, but to have small bonsai at reasonable prices, obviously on something you need to save. Usually these are plants that already have minute leaves, and therefore it could be a fairly young plant, and not of an old bonsai, like those of collectors. The things on which we tend to spend less are the pot and the soil; if you like the pot, I think you can keep it, since usually these bonsai are already in containers of the right size.The soil, as you say, is the sore point: remaining in a compact and poorly drained soil these plants they are destined to suffer. Usually, in fact, when you buy a bonsai in a non-specialized shop, the first thing to do is to repot the plant, even if you are in the wrong season for repotting; go to a nursery and buy good quality akadama and universal soil; Unless you know a trusted nursery and where they take care of bonsai, be wary of ready-made soil for bonsai, which often contains mixes that are not suitable for these plants. compact soil that cover them; if this operation is difficult, and you risk damaging the root system, try dipping the plant in a basin of water, to try to soften the earth bread. Once the plant has been freed, you can put a thin layer of akadama, on which you will place the roots and the small plant, which you will then cover with a mix of akadama (about 70% of the final soil) and universal soil. Not knowing what plant it is, this is a mix that works a bit with all the most popular bonsai. Cover the roots well, and compact the soil lightly with your fingers; in the end the plant will have to be placed at the same depth as it was previously; do not worry if the pot will seem tiny to you, you can form a sort of small mound above the pot with the earth and the plant. Water the plant, possibly by immersion; that is, prepare a basin in which you will place the pot, then put water up to the upper edge of the pot, and let it soak until you see all the wet soil, drain and place the plant in its place. plant, and to do some research to understand how much humidity, light, watering it needs.

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