Zen in a Pot

Zen in a Pot

A beginner's guide to bonsai bliss.

When we say plant goals, we certainly mean it!  The Bonsai Procumbens Nana is sure to bring you peace and tranquility.  The art of Bonsai originated in China during the Tang Dynasty, over a thousand years ago.  This practice was later perfected in Japan.  It is known as the art of growing ornamental, artificially dwarfed trees or shrubs in containers. The word "bonsai" is derived from the Japanese words "bon," meaning tray or pot, and "sai," meaning plant or tree. The practice of bonsai involves careful cultivation techniques to produce small trees that mimic the shape and scale of full-size trees in nature. Bonsai is not a specific type of tree but rather the art form of growing and shaping trees in this way.

  Health & wellness through interactions with nature.

In many cultures bonsai trees are believed to bring good luck, peace and harmony.  This is rooted in the bonsai cultivation traditions and require patience, care and love for nature’s beauty.  The act of caring for a bonsai tree is considered to be a form of meditation.  As it’s such a calming activity this promotes a sense of positivity and benefits your over-all mental health and well-being.  

  It’s all about the small details.

This practice requires close attention to detail and patience and the willingness to learn.  Some common tree species that are suitable for bonsai are ficus, juniper, pine & maple among others.  When considering a tree, it is important to be committed and stick to your care routine.  This requires time, care and remember, loves goes a long way.  What’s amazing about bonsai’s is that you are able to style their growing foliage as you see artistically fit.  You are the artist essentially.  How do you want your bonsai tree to grow?  What path will you take? 

Small, with a whole lot of charm.

The Bonsai Procumbrens Nama may also be known by the Dwarf Japanese Garden Juniper.  This plant is a low-growing evergreen shrub that is commonly used in the art of bonsai. It has a spreading habit and typically forms a dense mat of foliage. This species is well-suited to bonsai cultivation due to its miniature leaves, rugged bark, and ability to tolerate pruning and shaping. It's important to provide proper care for your bonsai plant.  

  A regular watering schedule is important to maintain.  

Be sure to check the moisture levels of your plant before watering.  You may do this by inserting your finger an inch deep.  Water only if the soil feels dry to the touch.  We offer various Lyfe Accessories so that you can have success and watch your plant flourish.  Our Soil Moisture Meter Overwatering Plant Saver will help you.  The number one problem that our plant lovers have is overwatering.  Your plant needs well-draining soil, and occasional fertilization, to keep your bonsai healthy and thriving.  So if you don’t want to play any guessing games, we encourage you to get your hands on our Moisture Meter.  It’s takes the guessing out of watering your plants and it’s so much fun to use.  

  A green thumb & a gentle hand will ensure your bonsai grows healthy. 

Your bonsai is very sensitive.  You must master your watering technique.  We recommend using a fine nozzle like our Lyfe Watering Can to avoid disturbing the soil.  The Bonsai Procumbrens Nama typically prefers slightly dryer conditions compared to other species of bonsai.  We suggest that you water your bonsai when the top layer of soil feels dry, but it is advised that you do not let the soil dry out entirely.  They prefer moderate humidity and morning watering because this allows the tree to absorb moisture throughout the day and reduces the risk of root rot and fungal diseases that can occur in damp conditions overnight.  Based on your tree’s response, adjust your watering as needed.  Your tree will be beautiful, healthy, thriving and above all is certain to bring you joy, peace and tranquility.