Pour bonsai - 6 tips on timing, quantity & technique

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Most bonsai care mistakes happen during casting. So that her sapling develops splendidly and no diseases or pests occur, here are our 6 pouring tips.

Pour bonsai - 6 tips for healthy trees

Keeping a bonsai is not even done on the side. The main problem is that every bonsai species has its own claims. If you decide to buy a bonsai tree, you should first inform yourself sufficiently.

Experience has shown that the biggest problem with care is casting. One pours too little, the other too much, one often, the other seldom. But how is it exactly right?

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Tip 1: Avoid standing wetness and dryness

The bonsai bowl should not completely dry out, but also should not stand in dammed up water for a long time, because otherwise dangerous root rot threatens.

The finger test has proven to be a good way to get the timing right for casting. Using your fingertip, wipe a small well into the top substrate layer. Feel no moisture, the bonsai needs water.

Tip 2: Note the shape of the bowl and the temperature

Basically, the flatter the shell, the easier moisture can rise and the more you need to water. In addition, the temperature determines the water requirement. The warmer it is, the more water the plant needs. A bonsai that sits in a shallow bowl in the summer sun, you can safely go once a morning and once in the evening, without worrying about overhydration.

Tip 3: Pour bonsai with a watering can or a ball shower

In order to ensure a uniform moistening of the root ball, the irrigation water must arrive well distributed in the bonsai shell. You can achieve a two-dimensional distribution with a watering attachment for the watering can and even easier with a spray (available here on Amazon).

This practical little helper consists of a pouring head reminiscent of a shower head and a small plastic ball. Both are connected by a thin tube. Press the ball together, keep the watering head under water and loosen the handle. The negative pressure sucks the water into the ball. Thanks to its small size and low weight, a ball shower can be used more precisely than a watering can.

Tip 4: Put bonsai in the dip

Instead of pouring the bonsai, you can put it together with the bowl for a few minutes in a bath with lukewarm water. Afterwards, however, the water must be able to drain without any problems. This method is recommended as an immediate measure if you have not poured for a long time and the tree is already beginning to dry up.

Tip 5: Spray dusty leaves

On the leaves of bonsai trees, dust settles when they are in the house or in the apartment. This dust should be released regularly with water for the sake of the plant, but also for aesthetic reasons. This is easiest to do with a commercial spray bottle.

Tip 6: Use low-limp water

Lime deposits on the surface of the substrate in the bonsai shell as an unsightly whitish layer. Use rainwater to water your bonsai, because the lime content is significantly lower than in tap water.

If you do not have access to rainwater, you can descale your tap water yourself with a scale filter. Even with boiled water, which you then run through a conventional coffee filter, the lime content is reduced significantly.

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