We could agree that bonsai trees are true artwork. The freedom to shape a plant in any form we prefer allows us to create something extravagant and unique.
People have been growing different types of bonsai trees for thousands of years. But did you know that these days, we could grow cannabis bonsai trees?
It's true - the techniques of growing a bonsai tree and the science of marijuana growing have finally come together in one plant.
The Bonsai Tree
Everything you need to know about bonsai trees is that bonsai stands for the growing technique, and it's not the name of the plant as many assume.
It means growing a plant such as a tree that looks like it, just in miniature. The traditional practice originally came from China and Japan and later got spread around the world.
Bonsai requires a careful grooming technique that helps the plants to remain small. Any tree types could be used.
Did you know that the word bonsai is the Japanese word for 'planted in a container'?
Well, that explains a lot around bonsai trees.
When you plant a tree in a small pot, the small area limits the roots to grow big. They directly impact the tree's ability to store nutrients, and the limited capacity prevents the tree from growing up large.
The best types of trees for bonsai have:
A woody trunk
Leaves that can reduce their size
The maintenance of bonsai trees can be challenging and time-consuming, but they look monumental and eye-pleasing.
Worth every try!
Growing A Cannabis Bonsai Tree From Scratch
The technique to grow a cannabis bonsai tree is the same procedure as any other bonsai tree.
If you want to give it a try, this is a list of the things you'll need:
A young potted marijuana plant
Step 1: Just Drill
Choose the pot for your plant, and then drill several wire-sized holes in all sides of it.
Step 2: Trunk Training
The most important thing for the marijuana plant to grow in such a way so that it looks like a bonsai is to plant the wooden stake next to your plant's trunk. You can use a stake to make your plant grow in which direction you'd like it to be.
When you place your stake next to the plant's trunk, be sure to make gentle moves and press lightly to avoid damaging the roots.
Step 3: Branch Training
Branches need the same treatment as the trunk. Once you've chosen what direction you want a plant to grow in, use the wire to tie it to the nearest hole in the pot.
Be careful to leave room for the branches unless you want them to grow more horizontally. If that's the case, you will have to tie them tightly.
Step 4: Pruning
As the cannabis bonsai plant grows, it will develop many different branches. You will need to prune off some of these branches to preserve the bonsai look of the plant. The pruning is important to allow better airflow through the branches and to prevent humidity within the plant.
Keep an eye on the mature leaves, and don't pick them. Pruning refers only to new growth branches. If you clip mature branches, you will cause a larger wound that could be traumatic for this sensitive plant.
Step 5: Harvest Time
During harvest time, the plant will produce white buds. You can trim off the buds and leave them in a well-ventilated room to dry.
When they separate easily from their stem, the plant is ready for the next phase.
Step 6: Curing
The buds can be kept in an air-tight glass jar, stored in a dark, dry place. Don't forget to check on them regularly to ensure that there is no humidity buildup inside. If you notice moisture, take the lid off and allow them to air out. Then, put them back inside.
When the buds are half-dry, and their trichomes are a bit sticky. That is a sign that you've done a great job with your plant.
Tips To Keep Your Tree Growing
If you want your plant to produce regularly, then you should keep in mind these tips:
Remove only the top third of the plant when it is ready to be cut because this is where all of the large buds are.
Trim the central third of the plant extensively. All old and yellow leaves need to be removed.
Leave the small buds on the bottom third of the tree. These buddies are the fuel that will start the plant's regeneration process once again.
Your bonsai needs light. Give it at least 18 hours of light and a large amount of nitrogen to move it into the vegetative stage.
Have a happy cannabis bonsai growing!