How long does it take for a bonsai tree to grow? - Urban Agriculture

How long does it take for a bonsai tree to grow?

First, it is necessary to emphasize that bonsai tree seeds do not exist! Any plant or tree that you see in nature can be a bonsai. Let us recall that the word bonsai originates from two Japanese characters or phrases – BON, which means pot, and SAI, which is interpreted as a tree, a plant, or a plant. So, a tree is grown in a jar.

Getting a miniature tree of any kind takes a lot of love, dedication, calmness, and patience so that you get the desired product with specific techniques. How long it can take – basically, a very long time, but it all depends on the type of wood and the desired size, shape, and form.

Let’s say that, to begin with, you should count on around five to five years, but also more than 30! Once you raise it, rely on it to outlive you! And the price? From a few dozen euros to more than 1,000 for established, mature trees. Now, the question is, do you want to enjoy the creation, care, and development of the plant, or do you want a finished product that will decorate your space?

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How fast do bonsai trees grow

Speed should never be in the same sentence as bonsai. Because anyone who thinks they will get a finished product – a miniature tree in record time – is fooling themselves. You have to put up with it. Bonsai grows very, very slowly.

Experienced bonsai growers are not bothered by the speed of growth and have learned to be patient. Those deeply engrossed in the bonsai hobby and creating a large garden with many trees can still complain that they achieve nothing. Although the trees grow slowly, the day goes by quite quickly. To complete some jobs, you must be “quick” in some way but simultaneously meticulous.

To illustrate the growth rate of bonsai trees, we will mention only one fact: a tree that grows 10 cm taller than another in 3 years can be called a fast-growing tree.

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Smallest bonsai

As we can conclude, the polenta of a bonsai tree is in its size, or should we say its height. What is the most miniature bonsai tree? We bring you a short list of the most exciting species and their sizes. Which of them might suit your space – judge for yourself. After all, bonsai is something unique and precious (not only materially), so it can also have an outstanding emotional value for you and your loved ones. Well, let’s go from the smallest to the most significant specimens:

  • keshitsubo (from 3 to 8 cm)
  • shito (from 5 to 10 cm)
  • mame (from 5 to 15 cm)
  • shohin (from 13 to 20 cm)
  • komono (from 15 to 25 cm)
  • katade-mochi (from 25 to 46 cm)
  • chumono/chiu (from 41 to 91 cm)
  • omono/dai (from 76 to 122 cm)
  • hachi-uye (from 102 to 152 cm)
  • imperial (od 152 do 203 cm)
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How fast do juniper bonsai trees grow

Conifers have great potential in forming bonsai plants: dwarf and Siberian pine, Cossack, and red juniper, as well as larch – Siberian and European, oak, aspen, hornbeam, and others. Once you form a tree look, don’t think it will stay that way forever. The final shape of the crown depends only on you and your tastes, wishes, and needs.

And how fast a juniper tree will grow – for example – again depends only on you, your commitment to the plant itself, and how you want it to look.

Just think about what would happen if you planted a plant and let it grow naturally, without your “interference” in its development. Do you know what would happen? You would get a classic tree of regular dimensions, something that cannot even be called a bonsai tree in the wildest imagination.

Therefore, the speed of growth, development, and form of the tree depends only and exclusively on you and your commitment to bonsai art. Yes, bonsai is an art and not just gardening. Because juniper is an evergreen plant, it will have specific activities even during the colder weather. Unlike deciduous species, which are most active during spring and summer, juniper and all other evergreen species thrive during winter.

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How fast do bonsai trees grow from seed

Growing a bonsai tree from seed is a long and laborious process that can take years. As we have already mentioned, bonsai seeds do not exist. Each seed of a specific plant is the same; what it will grow into depends on care and dedication.

However, if you are patient, you will be richly rewarded! However, you must know that you won’t get anything for years. Don’t let something like that discourage you, don’t think that you are a failure or that something is wrong. Don’t give up!

If you are a beginner, it might be better to get an “adult” plant and later start forming your own from scratch! This way, you will have satisfaction and a model of how a well-grown bonsai should look.

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How fast do ficus bonsai trees grow

Ficus microcarpa is part of the mulberry family Moraceae, which has between eight hundred and two thousand species. Ficus Ginseng originally grew only in parts of Asia. Today it is grown in China and Malaysia, from where Dutch growers import them after 15 years of growth. So, that’s how long it takes to create a bonsai ficus! By the way, ginseng is a Chinese word for root. If you want to get a developed bonsai plant, they have been grown and lived for a long time before they arrive in your home.

In bonsai ficus cultivation, it is essential to feed the plant every two weeks during the summer and every two to four weeks during the winter. Liquid or solid organic fertilizer is used for nutrition.

To preserve the bonsai shape of the tree, you need to prune the ficus. After leafing six to eight leaves, cut two. Let the plant grow for one to two years if you want your tree to be thick and pot-bellied. Substantial cuts necessary after this time will not affect the plant’s health, and new shoots will develop normally. It is required to protect larger wounds with protective wax.