The pandemic period has made many people try new hobbies, one of which is caring for bonsai. Although the name is taken from the Japanese language, bonsai was actually first discovered in China. The technique of caring for a tree that is actually large and made into a dwarf has its own complexities. However, that’s where the art of caring for bonsai is, so it’s no wonder the price can be very expensive.
Bonsai are plants that are stunted so they can be grown in pots. Beginners will not fully understand the meaning of bonsai and the types of plants that can be grown. Don’t worry, even though it’s difficult at first, you’ll fall in love with bonsai even more if you’ve studied it. Banyan which is tens of meters high can even be enjoyed in its beauty in a size of less than 1 meter!
Not only as a hobby but bonsai is also valued as a work of high art. The older and harder the tree is to bonsai, the more expensive it is. Caring for bonsai does require focus and patience, but you can actually use it as a stress reliever. You can also enjoy trees that actually only grow in other countries in your yard.
Hydrangea which is often called hortensia is one of the plants with large round flowers like bowls, so they are often called bokor flowers. What’s interesting about this Hydrangea flower color is changing. Because the flowers are beautiful, they are often used as decorations and cut flower arrangements at weddings and other important events.
Hydrangea flower colors vary, including pink, blue, purple, white. This plant thrives in the highlands with cold temperatures. In the lowlands with hot temperatures, they can live but are not able to flower properly.
When still in bud, the flowers are green, turning white, while in bloom they are light blue or pink which gradually change to darker colors (dark blue or red) before the flowers fall. Acidic soils produce blue flowers, normal pH soils produce creamy white flowers, and alkaline soils produce pink or purple flowers. Hortensia is one of the plants that in the petals collect aluminum elements released by acidic soil so that the flowers turn blue.
Bougenville Singapore Bonsai
As with other Bougainville variants, the characteristics of the Singapore Bougainville, in general, have a small tree size, difficult to grow upright, have thorns on the trunk, and have a brightly colored sheath. The sheath texture on Singapore Bougenville is thin as paper. However, there are characteristics of Singapore Bougainville that are an advantage when compared to other types of Bougainville, namely Singapore Bougainville leaves are small and grow tightly. Because of the characteristics of this Singapore Bougainville, many people make it a bonsai plant.
However, Singapore Bougainville can also grow 15 to 30 feet tall. Because the Singapore bougainvillea plant is included in the genus of thorny ornamental plants that propagate, the Singapore Bougainville is suitable for use as a guardrail plant.
How to Care for Bonsai
If cared for properly, bonsai plants can reach tens or even hundreds of years. However, make sure the bonsai you buy is in a healthy condition so it doesn’t die quickly. A healthy bonsai can be seen from the condition of the stem and its main structure which is stable and not thin. The color of the leaves is natural and the number is dense. Also, make sure there are no injuries to the plant.
Also, learn how to take care of them in their entirety. Five most basic things need to be considered, namely the need for watering, trimming frequency, fertilization, pot replacement, and pest control. Remember, you are planting a tree, not an ordinary little plant. Because of the need for more water, usually, bonsai should be watered in the morning and evening.
You also have to make sure the bonsai remains small by pruning every 2-3 months. Because it is grown in pots, bonsai only get nutrients from the planting medium and fertilizer. Change pots, planting media, and fertilizer regularly so that the nutrients remain adequate. Finally, avoid pests by spraying pesticides and the like.
However, if you don’t really like bonsai as a plant in your room, you can also choose other plants such as calathea. Currently, calathea ornamental plants are becoming quite popular plants and people are starting to hunt them down. Is one type of indoor leaf ornamental plant that is often used to decorate an office or homeroom.
The characteristics of Calathea are broad leaves, wavy, green with fine lines of colorful leaves. This plant also has the uniqueness of its leaves which can change the distribution and movement throughout the day depending on the orientation of the sun. At night, the leaves will fold up and in the morning the leaves will open again because of the sun. So, don’t be surprised if you see the leaves of this plant will change shape.