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How Do I Care For The Bonsai Gift I Received?

Ask the Expert: Maybe it’s a type on Bonsai?

I received this unique plant/tree as a gift. I am trying to figure out what it is so I can properly care for it. If you know what it is please help! I was thinking some type of Bonsai? leah



  1. Leah,

    There are a few things you need to do to ensure the survival of your bonsai. First, water and humidity are very important. If your bonsai is not in a naturally humid environment you will need to mist your bonsai often. You will need to keep your bonsai soil moist and the amount of water and how often you will water it will depend on the soil used. You will need to fertilize your bonsai and a slow release pellet fertilizer will work best. You will need a fertilizer that has Nitrogen (N), Phosphorus (P) and Potash (K) in it. During the spring and late summer used a fertilizer that is low in Nitrogen. However in the autumn you will need a fertilizer that has only Phosphorus and Potash.
    As to the light conditions, it will bright light but not direct sunlight and will need to be in a place with good air circulation.

    Many people keep their bonsai indoors so obtaining the right light and humidity will be very important. Keep the bonsai away from drafts or air vents. According to The Bonsai Site’s Maintenance section “generally you should only keep your bonsai inside for more than 3 days a month at most.”

    I hope this information helps. Please keep me posted.

  2. Thanks!
    That information is very helpful. You wouldn;t happen to know exactly what kind of bonsai it is do you?

    You’re a lifesaver..I wouldn’t want to kill that beautiful tree. :)

  3. Leah,

    It is hard to tell from the photo but it could be an Azalea or a Camellia. There are other possibilities. A closer look at the leaves would be needed to give a more accurate identification.

  4. Bonsai Gardening is an exciting hobby that allows you to use your imagination to create a sculptured plant to suit your taste and set off your garden. There is a form of artificial bonsai gardening gaining popularity.