How to Grow a Bonsai Palm Tree
This post titled How to Grow a Bonsai Palm Tree is from Richard Clayton and his blog Lawmower Tips, which is self-described as “The Best Lawn Care Blog.” This is the second guest post we have had on Small Scale Life! If you would like to submit a guest post, please contact me at realsmallscalelife [at] gmail [dot] com.
Most gardening enthusiasts are at least somewhat familiar with exotic and stunning Bonsai trees, which have been grown as an art form for centuries. Most people consider Bonsai to be either flowering trees, fir varieties or deciduous trees such as elms or maples. Yet, palm trees make very unusual and interesting Bonsai specimens as well. The best palm to try your hand at growing as a Bonsai is probably the Sago Palm. This beautiful plant, which can become quite large when grown in its natural state, is a very good candidate for Bonsai because it’s so easy to grow and very difficult to kill.
Use the following 7 steps to grow a Bonsai Palm Tree out of a Sago Palm.
Use the scissors to cut the plastic mesh into a flat shape that will fit into the bottom of the bonsai pot without bending. Cut 6 pieces of the plastic-coated plant training wire into 18-inch lengths.
Take 4 of the wires mentioned in Step 1. Secure one end of each wire to the corners of the mesh rectangle. Secure the remaining 2 wires to the edges along the longer sides of the mesh, approximately at the center. You are going to be using these to anchor and support the young Bonsai until it becomes established. Set the wired mesh rectangle into the bottom of the Bonsai pot.
Water the Sago Palm before carefully removing it from its container. You’ll need to observe how deeply the plant’s root ball was originally planted. Knowing this will allow you to approximate similar positioning while relocating it to its new Bonsai pot. Gently set the Sago aside in a shady spot, but work as quickly as you can to avoid exposing the delicate root ball to the atmosphere for longer than necessary.
Completely cover the mesh with a thin layer of gravel. Then add a layer of Bonsai potting soil. Gauge the depth of the soil layer by looking at the Sago Palm’s root ball. Gently water the soil layer enough to moisten it.
Position the Sago Palm into the Bonsai pot. Gently wrap the wires loosely around the root ball, taking great care not to damage the roots. Slowly twist the wires to tighten as necessary, keeping in mind that the goal is to securely stabilize the plant, yet permit slight flexibility for natural growth and settling of potting materials. Add enough soil, firming gently as you go, until the Sago Palm is planted at nearly the same level as it was prior to being re-potted. Leave a small section of the upper portion of the roots slightly exposed.
Gently water the newly potted Sago Palm Bonsai, but do it just enough to moisten the soil. This plant requires well-drained soil, and it should be nearly dry before you water it again. You may need to water it daily during warm conditions. Always add water slowly. When temperatures become cooler, you may not need to water more than once every week or two.
Place the Sago Palm Bonsai in a very sunny location, preferably outdoors ( for example on your lawn). If the light source is not a steady one directly above the plant, give the pot a quarter turn every day. This will prevent all of the leaves from tending to lean in the same direction. Once the plant becomes well established–and the leaves have hardened–this will become less of an issue.
After finishing the 7 steps above, you will have a lovely pot of Bonsai Palm Tree. It is not too hard, right? You can put this Bonsai pot on your lawn, or indoors. Just follow these steps, and enjoy your result. Good luck!
About Richard Clayton….
Richard Clayton is an owner of a small gardening shop. He loves gardening, especially lawn care. He spends all of his free time taking care of his lawn and discussing lawn care experiences with his friends, who have the same hobby as him. Richard’s website is lawnmowertips.com, and it is a playground of Richard and his friends where they discuss everything about lawn care techniques.