Hi, I bought a bonsai yesterday and I wanted to know when and how many times should I water it?

Oak bonsai

Dear Alessio,

to be able to show you how to grow your bonsai, it is essential to know what plant it is; the term bonsai indicates a cultivation technique, not the species of the plant, and theoretically all existing plants can be grown as bonsai, from aromatic to apple trees, from large conifers to carmona. It therefore becomes very difficult to give you a precise and specific indication; in order to allow your bonsai to survive and grow for a long time, it is essential that you inquire about the species and variety of plant in your possession, in order to know which soil it prefers, whether it is indoor or outdoor, if it is an evergreen or a deciduous plant. Bonsai are grown in a small pot, with little soil around the root system, for this reason generally in spring and summer they should be watered quite often, trying to keep the soil slightly humid; clear that there are several exceptions, so try to water quite often, but avoiding always leaving the soil soaked: when it tends to dry out a little, water again.The best method of watering bonsai is by immersion: you take a much larger basin wide and deep in relation to the vase, and it is placed on the bottom. It is filled with water until it reaches the upper outer edge of the pot, and everything is left immersed until the water, by capillarity, reaches the surface of the soil; remove the pot from the basin, let it drain for a few minutes, and put the pot back in its place.This operation will be carried out approximately every week, avoiding repeating it if the soil is fresh and humid, and practicing it more often if the soil dries quickly. You must find out about the species of your bonsai, also because you should understand if it is a plant that goes to the sun, or one that must be placed in the shade; the difference in positioning compared to direct sunlight also greatly changes the water needs of a bonsai.If it is a plant that must live indoors in the cold months, remember that in winter it will also need periodic vaporization of the foliage, to increase the ambient humidity around the plant.

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