Awesome Bonsai Terrarium Jars Ideas 41
Awesome Bonsai Terrarium Jars Ideas 41

42 Awesome Bonsai Terrarium Jars Ideas

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Here are few basic bonsai tips to get you going:

  1. For the best drainage, use a basic potting mixture of equal parts of peat, loam, and sharp sand.
  2. For pines and junipers, use a compost which is 70 per cent sharp sand, 15 per cent peat and 15 per cent loam.
  3. For azaleas and rhododendrons, use up to 50 per cent peat in the compost.
  4. Apply fertilisers only in the growing season. From early spring to mid-summer give high nitrogen mixes, from mid-summer to early autumn, give low nitrogen mixes.
  5. Water your bonsai every evening in the growing season, and every morning as well in hot summer weather. Only water in the dormant season if the compost is completely dry.
  6. To create your own bonsai subjects, try air-layering branches from mature trees. This is especially effective with flowering subjects like wisteria.
  7. Use a power router to remove strips of bark and create the prized ‘driftwood’ effect on trunk and branches. Alternatively, train a live sapling round a dead branch.
  8. Train branches and the trunk into shape with heavy copper or aluminium wire.
  9. To give the effect of a tree clinging to a rock, glue lengths of wire to the rock with epoxy resin and use these wires to hold the roots in place.
  10. Avoid pots which are glazed inside, as this adversely affects drainage.
  11. If you bring your bonsai into the house, keep them moist by misting them with water every day.
  12. Bottle gardens and terraria
  13. Choose clear glass bottles, as plants don’t thrive in the green glass versions.
  14. Save money by making your own terrarium from a kit.
  15. For a simple, ready-made terrarium, use an old fish bowl or tank.
  16. Make sure your chosen container has plenty of height, or your plants will look cramped.
  17. If your fancy is for tropical plants that need heat, use a plant propagator with high sides, a domed lid, and a thermostatic temperature control.
  18. As a cheaper alternative to an acid carboy, use a glass sweet jar.
  19. Use soilless potting compost mixed with a little charcoal to prevent algae building up.
  20. To prevent overcrowding, choose small plants which are slow-growing or easy to prune. Good garden centres will label them `suitable for bottle gardens’.
  21. Look for plants with interestingly shaped and coloured leaves.
  22. Avoid flowering plants for small necked bottle gardens, as it is difficult to remove the dead flowers.
  23. Before installing your new plants, soak them in water to thoroughly wet the compost, then remove some of the surface compost to reduce the risk of introducing algae and weeds to your container.
  24. Make up a set of tools on bamboo canes to reach inside tall bottles – a razor-blade for pruning, a needle for picking up prunings, a cotton reel for tamping compost, a teaspoon for digging, a sponge to clean the glass inside.
  25. Water by inserting a pipe down to compost level and trickling water in, not by pouring it through the neck of the bottle as this could wash the compost away from the plants.
  26. Make a miniature Japanese garden in a fish tank with some interesting stones, raked sand, and a bonsai tree.


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