|The success of your bonsai depends on a variety of factors, most notably watering and light. Below are some species specific guidelines to follow that will help ensure that your bonsai will stay healthy and happy. |
The Scots Pine is much easier to prune than the Black Pine. Simply push back growth by clipping back. Buds will appear near or towards the cut. Regular pruning will ensure that your tree will maintain compact growth. The summer months are good times to prune as the sap is pushing during these months.. Needles can be thinned and pulled to let in light.
We recommend fertilizing your bonsai tree every month with a bonsai fertilizer. Time release granules are the easiest to use and can be added every season. Reduce the amount of fertilizer during the winter. Take care to not over-fertilize as this can cause your leaves to burn or grow too leggy.
Scots Pine Bonsai trees thrive best with natural sunlight. We recommend direct natural sunlight. If placed in full sun, take care to manage your watering to prevent your tree from drying out. However, scots pines enjoy full sunlight.
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Scots pines are very hardy to all climates including both hot and cold condtions. Due to their evergreen nature, scots pine bonsai trees will maintain their green color over all seasons.
Scots pine bonsai trees require regular watering. We recommend using a soft spray to soak the soil. Ensure that water penetrates not only the topsoil but also into the roots by checking that draining is occurring on the bottom of the pot. Keep the Scots Pine moist at all times.
Scots Pine bonsai trees can be repotted during spring and fall for highest success rates. Avoid winter repotting as colder temperatures will make it harder for roots to recover. During repotting, we recommend trimming off older roots to promote new growth. After repotting, place tree in a shaded area for 2-3 weeks prior to placing back in full or partial sun. Use a high draining mix as Scots Pine's are susceptible to root rot.
Scots Pine bonsai trees thrive best in outdoor conditions.