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How often should I water my bonsai tree?
Last Updated: 03/11/2011


  • Make sure you water your plant until the water seeps through the drainage hole. We recommend using a water pitcher with a shower nozzle to prevent topsoil erosion and water run-offs. An alternative method is sink soaking. Sometimes the tree lacks water absorption, so it is necessary to frequently till or aerate the soil. Take a soil rake or fork and break up the soil to prevent it from clumping.
  • The Chinese Elm should be watered daily, keeping the tree and soil moist at all times.
  • The Sago Palm and Ponytail Palm does not require frequent watering. Weekly watering is sufficient.
  • The Juniper should be watered moderately, keeping the tree moist at all times.
  • The Boxwood and Ficus should be watered moderately, increasing in summer and decreasing in winter. The Boxwood and Ficus are very tolerant of being over or under watered, which makes them ideal for beginners.

We recommend following the care instructions specific to the type of bonsai tree you have. For plants that are not listed above, please type the name into the search box.

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