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Phoenix School Learning Garden is focused on teaching students agricultural practices with hands-on experiences. Through this blog we hope to educate others and also learn from community members through discussions.


February 2017

Know the Basics by NA

Before starting a Bonsai tree you must know the basics. Bonsai trees need the same amount of needs as any other plant. Water, light, and suitable light are necessity for successful growth.

You must apply water to your plant once the soil seems to be getting dry, you don’t ever want the soil to get completely dry. The best times to check if you need to water is in the morning and at night. When it comes to sunlight the more they receive they better off they will grow.

When it comes to growing your Bonsai indoors you need to keep a close eye on it and give it a little special attention. They are very sensitive indoors. Keep the plant on the brighter side of the house. Check up on what type of care your plants need, some might require some shade. Outdoor Bonsai plants are easier to care for but still need the proper amount of care to stay and grow healthy.

Once you get your Bonsai plant you don’t want to put it in just any pot. you must fit the pot to the tree, not fit the tree to the pot. Don’t try to pick the biggest pot, Bonsai requires the smallest pot but also need to be large enough to confine and control growth. Re-potting is important! it guarantees the plant will flourish and grow.

Bonsai’s are prone to pest and diseases, especially if the root system is weak. The harmful microbes enter thru the damaged area. Brown leaves could mean that your tree is having a hard time, Immediate attention is needed and recovery is not guaranteed. Yellowing in the leaves is normal, especially with certain species but to much yellowing could be a problem.

Bonsai lifespan is the same as their parents, some can wither away within 100 years while other in the wild can live up to 5000 years. If your do not care for your Bonsai it will wilt away and eventually die.




Tips for your indoor plants by NA


Indoor plants provide color, warmth, and texture to a home. In order to keep this they must be taken care of. In this post I’m going to give you some tips on how to keep them looking good and staying healthy.

When you first get your plant it matters what area in the house you put it in, a plant needs direct sunlight in order to undergo photosynthesis. If sunlight’s not available fluorescent lights can work as well. Once you pick a spot it is good to keep it where it is, plants accumulate to there surroundings slowly, this includes having your plant in a place with drastic change in temperature.

Provide your plant with consistent ( room temp ) water, you want it to be moist not super wet. Both over watering and having the plant to dry can damage the plant. You know if a plant needs water if the leaves are cracked or the soil becomes lighter.  You know if you have over watered if there is mold or water sitting at the bottom of the container. It is good to select a pot with good water damage.

Prune your plant regularly, read up on your plants to make sure they are pruned correctly to keep it healthy and prevent  you from having to re-plant. You must cut the dead branches and stems to prevent bugs.

Do not put tea or coffee into your plant it will attract flies that will eat your plant. There is no specific care for ALL indoor plants, you must follow the guidelines for them individually. You can look online or at the tag to get proper details for care

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