Growing Guide: Bonsai Care

Bonsai Care

Bonsai plants have a rich history stemming from Asia. The art of growing bonsai trees utilizes miniature landscapes for aesthetic appeal. Though Bonsai trees are more delicate than the average indoor plant, these few basic rules should enable anyone to take care of their tree properly. Pay particular attention to watering, fertilization, and choosing the right location for your tree. 


Water when soil feels slightly dry. Give a thorough watering to soak the entire root system.


New Mexico’s climate requires that you place your bonsai trees indoors, except for Juniper and Boxwood. Place in a bright place with a consistent temperature. Certain species may require more sunlight or shade.


Roots in shallow pots freeze easily. Be sure to protect the roots from the cold if they are exposed. Place in a cold, dark spot for about three weeks so it can winter over or go into a dormant period to rest.

Albuquerque Bonsai Club

Albuquerque has its own Bonsai Club! For more information, visit