There are many types of bonsai plants for you to choose from, but I would like to focus on the care of a Rose Bonsai tree.
It’s important to know how much sunlight your rose bonsai will need, what kind of soil it should be planted in, and when you’ll need to fertilize.
I’ve grown over 20+ different types of bonsai trees in my lifetime, and it has been an awesome experience.
In this article, I’ll tell you more about how to grow a rose bonsai yourself.
Let’s get started!
How To Care For The Rose Bonsai?
There are many ways you can care for your rose bonsai, but for now, I’ll tell you what has worked best for me.
Through my experience with over 20+ different bonsai trees. I know some tips that might be helpful to grow your own rose bonsai.
I’ve seen many people make basic beginner mistakes when growing their own bonsai which is why I also include some basic tips.
Put your bonsai in the right place.
Placing your bonsai in the right environment is key to growing it faster. Some common places are
- The bathroom
- The livingroom
- Near a window
These places are good to position your bonsai, but you have to keep your bonsai in a humid environment. It will grow faster, but if you are afraid of mold or rot.
Then be sure to adjust the moisture levels and water thoroughly when necessary. What I normally do is put my bonsai trees outside when it’s around 60 degrees Fahrenheit.
Keep in mind that I only do this when there’s a lot of sun shining on the bonsai. Otherwise, I leave it inside near a window. This is one of the best places to position your bonsai because it absorbs most of the light.
Make sure the tree gets enough light.
Making sure the bonsai tree gets enough light is also important. If your bonsai plant doesn’t get at least six hours of direct sunlight each day, the leaves will start to slowly die, and all the caring will be useless.
Leaving the bonsai near the window will almost always give the bonsai enough sunlight. If your home is very dark and there’s almost no sunlight coming through.
It’s probably better to purchase artificial light. Doing this will help you keep the bonsai healthy for a longer period of time.
Avoid overwatering the bonsai.
Try to avoid overwatering the bonsai tree if you want it to grow quickly. The rose needs only enough water so that the soil remains moist, not wet.
If there’s too much moisture in the soil and it becomes saturated, roots will have trouble breathing which can eventually lead to root rot or other diseases.
This had happened to me when I first started out growing bonsai trees. Luckily it only happened once and never again. So, make sure to keep an eye on the moisture level in the bonsai pot.
Get the right temperature in the room.
Getting the right temperature in the room is essential for the rose bonsai to grow healthy. The right temperature is between 66-70 degrees Fahrenheit. At night this is 55 to 64 degrees Fahrenheit.
It’s also important when you have risen bonsai trees indoors that they’re brought outside if there is no heating system in your home because otherwise, the tree will slowly dry out.
What I normally do put my bonsai trees in a different room. This keeps the trees separated and not having to worry about the humidity level being too high or not low.
Fertilize every couple of weeks
Fertilize your rose bonsai every couple of weeks with a general-purpose fertilizer. The rose bonsai tree needs to be fertilized every few weeks but do not over-fertilize it.
What I’ve noticed is that fertilizing in the morning will help to keep it from drying out. This is because of how much water evaporates during the day, but you can fertilize it at night too.
Training your rose bonsai
Training a rose bonsai tree is fairly easy and does not require any experience. You can train a Rose Bonsai by cutting off the whole branch or just the tip of it with scissors for new growth.
Using a wire could be an option if you want to train it more efficiently. But I don’t recommend this because it could damage the tree.
How To Grow a Bonsai From a Rose Plant?
Growing a bonsai from a rose plant might look hard, but it is actually very simple. The main problem that stops people from growing a bonsai from a rose plant is that they don’t really thicken once they get older.
Once the rose bonsai gets older, you’ll need to give it more attention, like repotting the rose every few years. This can take a lot of time, especially if you are busy.
However, everyone can grow a bonsai from a rose plant if they’re dedicated enough and have the time for it.
It’s worth the experience because not many people grow a bonsai from a rose plant. You see it rarely, which makes your bonsai tree even more special.
Why You Should Grow a Rose Bonsai
The reason why you should grow a rose bonsai is that it can be a very rewarding experience. While growing it, you will learn and explore many different things about bonsai plants in general.
It’s also worth the time because rose bonsais are not that common to see around town or online, so your tree may stand out from others.
Every time I visit a bonsai meeting, I’m the only one with a rose bonsai. This uniqueness is something to be proud of.
Lastly, You’re not just learning how to grow one type of bonsai tree.
Rose Bonsai vs. Other Types of Bonsai Trees
Comparing a rose bonsai to other bonsai plants is like comparing apples to oranges.
They require different techniques and skills for cultivation. It also way harder to find information about rose bonsai care than it is for other plants.
Rose Bonsais are more difficult to take care of because they require more attention, and once you’ve achieved a certain level, your techniques will need to be more advanced in order to make the plant grow healthier.
Repotting a rose bonsai needs to be done every couple of years, while normal bonsai trees only do this every 4 to 5 years.
Rose bonsai trees are also worth more in terms of money. The rarer a bonsai tree is, the more expensive it can be if you’re going to sell it later.
The leaves of the rose bonsai are often not a shade of green but tend to be pink/red.
Some people say that the rose is a symbol for love and beauty.
Where To Buy a Rose Bonsai?
There are many places like auctions or stores that sell rose bonsai trees. The best way to find an aged rose bonsai is to visit auctions.
I’ve been to many auctions, and there are some gems that you can find nowhere else. It does require to search activity, but once you’ve found the right bonsai tree you were looking for, it’s all worth it.
Some things to consider before buying an aged rose bonsai are the health of the tree, whether it has been cared for in the right way and how much room you have to store the tree at your place.
I’ve seen many people buy bonsai trees where they didn’t have the room for them to store. So, make sure that you have the perfect place to store the bonsai tree before purchasing.
Other places like Facebook groups are also highly recommended. You don’t have to pay any transaction fees, and you’ll learn a lot from the other members.
The community is very helpful, and if you have any questions, they’re happy to answer them for you.
Growing a rose bonsai is quite a difficult challenge, especially if you’ve never grown a bonsai tree before. However, the experience will be worth it. Learning how to care for a rose bonsai tree can teach you about caring for other plants as well. Check out this article about how much a regular bonsai tree costs.