Just like with the stem, you will have to bend the branches, and this is where the plant ties come in.
Also, have in mind that you won’t get big yields due to the final size of the plant so this isn’t recommended if you are looking to get a big harvest, it’s actually more of a hobby for home growers who want to experiment with new things.
You don’t necessarily need to drill the holes , you can get away by just using tape or flexible wires but making the holes on the side of the pot will save you from a lot of headaches.
This practice consists of growing a certain plant by applying training techniques to make a miniature version while maintaining the proportion and asymmetry , leaving no trace of man-made interaction.
Despite not being the best idea for people growing their medicine, a cannabis bonsai is a great way to acquire knowledge on plant training while growing beautiful bonsais that will amaze even non-cannabis consumers; A time consuming yet rewarding hobby suited for all growers.
Step 2 – Providing support.
Before starting you have to envision which shape you want to achieve and once you have an idea, hold the branches in the desired direction and tie them to the holes you’ve made on the pot.
When growing any kind of plant into a bonsai (including cannabis plants) there are basically two techniques applied; One is bending and/or tying down the branches which is a l ow-stress training method and the other is topping or fimming which is a high-stress training method.
Due to the smaller size, it’s highly advised to use Indica-dominant autoflowers such as our Strawberry Pie Auto, which grows even less than Indica-leaning photoperiodic strains and will make it easier to control your cannabis bonsai’s height.
Many growers prefer topping or fimming to encourage side growth which may be more stressful for most cannabis plants but take less time and effort while keeping height more consistent and easier for your plant to grow several colas.
Have in mind that a stake is not obligatory but can make things easier if it’s the first time you are trying to grow your own cannabis bonsai.
To achieve this, growers plant their plants in a small container and apply LST and HST techniques while restraining and sometimes pruning the roots, which will restrict growth and result in the miniature size.
Now, if you’re not a cannabis consumer or you don’t want to kill your plant, you can leave it be for quite some time but your plant will eventually turn into a male in an attempt to produce seeds so it’s better to harvest, dry, cure, and smoke your buds before this happens.
Before starting with your own cannabis bonsai, there are a couple of things you should have in mind.
To position the stake, press the wooden or bamboo stake into the soil alongside the stem, just be careful so you don’t damage the roots.
As said before, growing a bonsai cannabis plant isn’t ideal for those who want to get big harvests (obviously) but despite being small, your cannabis bonsai will flower so once your plant is ready, it’s time for harvest .
3. Before starting.
So, in order to start growing your own cannabis bonsai, you’ll need the following:
Despite the training methods applied to your cannabis bonsai, it’s most likely it will grow bigger than you anticipated or wanted to so it’ll come the time when you’ll have to prune it, aka remove some leaves and even some branches.
Second; Growing a healthy bonsai involves a lot of both HST and LST plant training and adjusting the amount of fertilizer you feed so despite being a small plant, it takes a lot of time and dedication to do it properly but it’s definitely worth it.
When pruning, make sure you only remove the new offshoot branches (the branches that grow from the main branches), it’s important you don’t remove the main ones because this will stress your plant and stunt growth.
But, when growing cannabis for your own consumption, topping once or twice (or even more) will do the job but when talking about cannabis bonsais it may not be the best option because, despite resulting in a shorter plant, it will not resemble a traditional bonsai tree so you will still have to apply LST techniques.
Once the stake is in place, you can use a piece of string, wire, or a plant tie to tie your plant to the stake or use the stake to provide support and tie your branch to one of the holes you’ve made.
Have in mind that the tie is just to hold them in place and let them grow in the desired direction so make sure you don’t tie them too tight to allow them to continue growing.
4. How To Grow Your Own Cannabis Bonsai Step-By-Step.
To perform these techniques correctly, you will have to use wire , string , or plant ties to bend a branch into growing in the desired direction, thus achieving the typical bonsai structure (when done correctly).
A lot of people think that a Bonsai is a certain type of tree that grows small but little do they know, Bonsai literally means “planted in a container”, this art form refers to various training and pruning techniques that can be applied to certain shrubs and trees . Not all species can be grown this way but, luckily for you, cannabis is great for this technique so if you want to learn how to grow your own cannabis Bonsai, here’s our guide!
The most important aspect of bonsais is the appearance , to achieve this you can use anything you want or have available but most growers will use a wooden stake next to the stem or trunk to be able to position the stem in any direction you need to, allowing you to reach the desired shape easier.
First of all; In order for your bonsai to turn out as good as it can be, it’s better to use strains that tend to grow shorter and compact , with a thicker stem , and smaller leaves , so in general, it’s recommended to use shorter varieties.
Pruning mostly serves to give your cannabis plant that unique bonsai look but will also allow air to flow in between the branches (and eventually buds) which prevents mold and bugs so it’s important to do it correctly.
Low-Stress training (aka LST) is one of the main methods used by Bonsai growers to achieve the desired height and overall structure of a cannabis plant. This is achieved by bending and tying down the branches and main stem to make it grow sideways or in a specific way other than upwards.
So, start by drilling the holes (or making them any way you prefer); These holes are where you’ll be tying the branches so make sure the holes are wide enough for the material of choice to go through (either wire, string, plant ties, etc..).
Bonsai is an art form and a gardening technique with over 1000 years old , despite being associated with Japanese culture, Bonsai growing is actually an old Chinese practice that Japanese Buddhist eventually refined and developed even further.
– In the root system, the base of every plant, careful irrigation is recommended so that root development is adequate and avoiding the appearance of diseases such as Phytium, which arises with a substrate too soaked.
Some growers make small holes on the top of the pot, where they put the wire to guide the branches to the bottom of the plant, it can be a good solution.
I have a small cabinet where I gather all the mother plants I select, and the truth is that I spoil them as if they were my own children. This way you can collect the best cannabic genetics that you find or exchange in a reduced space. We’ve come to have up to 27 different genetics in a space of 3x3ft (1 M. x 1 M.). What do you think? 🌞
This in turn, causes the water and nutrients retention to be much lower, which is why the only solution will be to transplant the cannabis bonsai to a previously conditioned substrate. To keep the compact form of the marijuana bonsai, it will be mandatory to maintain the same size of flowerpot, therefore, what is necessary to do is to apply a pruning of roots or Root Trimming, that consists in cutting cleanly the edges of the lump, to remove a slice of approximately 0,4-0,8 inches (2-3 cm.), and filling with new earth, managing to get the roots to enjoy again a fresh substrate and with a limited volume of root mass.
– When bonsai tree is already formed, I recommend that you don’t relocate it , since the luminic and environmental conditions can affect it, causing the appearance of stress. Therefore, the ideal is to keep it in a growing cabinet, where you can give it the ideal environmental conditions, temperature, etc.
🎬 Root pruning, root system maintenance.
image of roots pruning in a bonsai plant, where you can see the cut done in the substrate*
Welcome back to our blog Pevgrow! Today I’m going to focus this article on trying to enlighten you on how to make your own marijuana bonsai tree . Yes! You got it right! Mr. Miyagi would be proud of you, Let’s go Daniel San!👉
Ideally, mother plant bonsai trees should be renewed every 6 months or 1 year maximum.
Professional marijuana growers, when they find an outstanding plant, keep it as a mother plant in a vegetative state , in order to take from it the clones they need. The problem comes when we want to keep many moms at 18 hours, since they do not stop growing, invading the entire cultivation space.
So, doing marijuana bonsai you can keep your favorite genetics in the same way but in a much smaller space, didn’t you think about it? 🤗
– In terms of lighting, I recommend using a photoperiod of 18 hours of light and 6 hours of darkness , as we want the plant to grow and not bloom. Some users have tested a light cycle of 6/6/6/6, i.e. 6 hours of light, 6 hours of darkness, 6 hours of light and 6 hours of darkness each day, this slows growth, but can stress plants.
Before starting to grow your bonsai cultivation , I’m going to give you some previous guidelines that you must know in order to get everything right.
image of a mother plant beginning to be trained to become bonsai*
It is very important that during the growth you watch the plant and you’ll need to cut some sprouts, so that the light can enter and avoid the appearance of mold and other insects that could damage it. Even so, I recommend that, from the beginning, you use a good phytosanitary that applied regularly will help you to avoid the appearance of different plagues that can affect your precious cannabis bonsai. It is also interesting to use healing to repair the damage caused by pruning.
A good method would be to make a hole at the top of each side of the pot , and guide the 4 lowest branches of the cuttings in each direction. This way we promote the penetration of light and aeration even in the lower parts of the plant.
💻 How to grow a cannabis bonsai step by step.
Ideally, this root pruning should be done a few days after cutting the offsprings, so root and plant mass will be equitable.
Once you have the plants in their flowerpots, you will have to keep in good condition their substrate, to do so it is essential to be careful with root growth, the foundation of any marijuana bonsai . Eventually, the roots will have colonized the entire pot, so there could be a problem of root spiralization or asphyxiation that might be lethal for mother plants.
If you still find that the vertical growth does not stop, you should use what is known as a tutoring system , ie, take the growth of the plant wherever you want using wire for bonsai, trying to bend the branches in the direction of the ground, forcing its horizontal development.
You can see it in a much more graphic way in this video and I’m sure you won’t have any doubt!
Another factor to take into account is the substrate, which ideally is one like All Mix or similar , i.e. with many nutrients. This is important because one of the biggest problems that a bonsai faces is the accumulation of salts. At first it’s not obvious, while the roots have clean substrate they develop perfectly but, as time goes by, the use of enzymes becomes indispensable and the flowerpot gets smaller, so you only have 2 options, either transplanting or pruning roots.
Once you have selected the cuttings you are going to use, transplant to a small pot from 0,08 to 0,1 US gal (0,3 to 0,5 liters). As soon as you notice that it begins to grow, the first apical pruning or F.I.M. ( this post interests you ) should be done to encourage early branching. This will slow down vertical development and promote horizontal growth.
First of all, the size of the pots should range between 0,08 and 0,5 US gal (0,3-2 liters), ensuring that they do not get out of control and have more autonomy, and of course you can buy them at the best price in our online Growshop.
☕ Why grow a cannabis bonsai?
It all starts by carefully selecting the cannabis cuttings, which may be a selection of yours or a known elite clone. Using cuttings, the resulting plants are more branched than stretched, which makes miniaturization easier, so we don’t recommend doing it with seeds.
Marijuana bonsais can be stored for about two years with virtually no problems , but for that you will have to consider a number of factors that will guarantee its health and therefore its longevity. The biggest problem of keeping mother plants for a long time is that the stems of the cuttings become more and more woody, which makes rooting more difficult and time consuming .
The type of lighting is very important, it is recommended that you use low-energy bulbs with an output of between 125 and 200W. LEDs can also be a good option, as long as they are not very powerful. A minimum of power is necessary so that plants in a vegetative state do not start to flower. Buy the best lighting systems in our growshop online by clicking here .
The Bonsai is an art that requires a lot of patience and surgeon’s pulse to maintain gracefully a plant inside a very small cultivation space that has been an inspiration to be able to grow cannabis in very confined spaces. More concretely, the culture of cannabis bonsai trees is a perfect option for the conservation of mother plants in a very small culture cabinet. Do you want to know more, right? Stay with me! 🤗🤫
image of a mother plant bonsai kept in a pot of less than 0,3 US gal (1 litre) more than 1 year*
In this article, I have explained you what is a cannabis bonsai and how to grow one step by step , as well as different advices so that its life is as long as possible. I hope it has been helpful to you, and if you liked it by sharing it on social networks you will help this blog keep growing and continue to bring new tips every week for you. Oh! don’t forget that you can leave comments with your experience with cannabis bonsai trees in the comments section, Think Green (Piensa en Verde) Cannalover! 😜
When it comes to bonsai trees and cannabis plants, there’s one thing she believes is important for both: a healthy respect for the plant. “I think this is a really great way for people to start exploring [what it takes to grow] cannabis,” she says of the labor-intensive practice of growing bonsai. “If bonsai is something they’re already familiar with, more so then just plopping something on their porch … cannabis requires a lot more care and dedication inherently, just the same as bonsai, and I think that’s exactly what it deserves.”
Additionally, just as “miniature” is key to bonsai, so is “art form.” This is not a houseplant that you can pop in a pot and allow to grow willy-nilly—bonsai are artistic endeavors that take time and care to cultivate. Many bonsai are even passed down from generation to generation, long outlasting those who first gave loving attention to their branches.
Many cannabis growers would love to see a bonsai version in their usual yield, but is it possible or just a pipe dream?
What is bonsai, and why would it appeal to cannabis growers?
To get to the bottom of this intriguing topic, I consulted the minds of those experienced with bonsai and with cannabis. My main question: Is it even possible to grow a cannabis bonsai?
Laurel Cleveland has seen such bonsai at the Pacific Bonsai Museum in Washington state, where bonsai dating from Hiroshima, along with many others, reside. Cleveland is the creative director for Washington’s Vela, a cannabis dispensary that shares space with a cannabis grow. This convenience allows her to witness the evolution of plants every day. In addition to having grown her own cannabis plants in the past and having a rich background in horticulture, aptly named Laurel has also grown a keen love for cultivating bonsai.
“I think people who know bonsai will have a little bit less of a learning curve,” she says. “If you lose a bonsai tree it’s heartbreaking, because it takes years and years to cultivate. Cannabis is faster to grow, so because cannabis is so vigorous and such a hearty plant, you can see the changes happen quicker and learn more about the plant.”
Unfortunately, due to legislation prohibiting homegrow in Washington, Cleveland is unable to experiment with growing her own cannabis bonsai. Yet the topic has certainly been a popular one lately, which Cleveland has noticed. So why the sudden surge in interest?
What about flowering? Could a true cannabis bonsai produce smokable product? The answer to this may lie in the flowering cycles of other bonsai trees. While bonsai may be allowed to enter a flowering life cycle, many growers report that many such trees don’t come back after flowering (depending on strain and genetics). Thus, it remains to be seen if a flowering cannabis bonsai would return with the same vigor it had before—or even survive.
Imagine having a miniature cannabis plant that you could simply set in your window, with lovely green branches emerging from its artistically spiraled center. Sounds pretty incredible, right? This is the dream of cannabis bonsai, an idea that has surged in popularity in recent years and continues to be a hot topic.
The possibilities of cannabis and bonsai.
Will we see more growers attempt the cannabis bonsai? Cleveland thinks it’s only a matter of time. “I think it’s just a matter of experimenting, and a whole lot of failure,” she says, “but that’s with anything, right? Growing a warehouse full of cannabis is a difficult task too, so anything is possible.”
Cleveland, for her part, also foresees some challenges ahead for the aspiring cannabis bonsai grower.
“It is a very fast-growing, fastigiated shrub, with large leaves in relation to the size of the trunk and stem. It is angular, not graceful, or presenting curves or movement. As to its dimensions, we normally look to have a bonsai where the tree is six times as tall as the trunk diameter at the soil line. It is not long-lived and has no special characteristics other than the cannabinoid effect on human psych activity.”
So with that in mind, does he believe there could be a place for cannabis in the world of bonsai? “I do not believe cannabis will produce acceptable bonsai,” states Chadd.
Keeping Up Cannabis Bonsai.
A quick Google search will bring up plenty of articles claiming how easy it is to grow a cannabis bonsai, complete with step-by-step guides or instructions. However, most are accompanied by hard-to-believe photos or renderings of said bonsai. Do these projects actually work?
That said, Cleveland allows that, “if you have the time to experiment then I think it would be worth a try.” She doesn’t see quite as many pitfalls as Chadd: for example, the fast growth of cannabis is seen as a perk in her mind, rather than a downfall of the plant.
“I think it would be a huge challenge, definitely. I think it would probably come down to life cycle, depending on the genetics of the plant. I’ve seen cannabis plants from growers with roots like no other, so I think as far as roots go, they have the ability to anchor themselves very well. While the amount of space in the pot might be a huge factor, it is such a vigorous plant that I feel like its capable of growing pretty much everywhere. The amount of attention and care you would need to give it would be challenging.”
Chadd was happy to discuss the topic of cannabis bonsai, but his view came with a hearty dose of skepticism.
“Not all plants are suitable for bonsai,” he says. “It is quite complex to cover the reasons, but I will list a few. The leaves cannot be large in relation to the trunk and branch or stem of the plant. It must have a trunk that tapers from large at the bottom to small at the top. It should have trunk movement and interesting bark. Like any visual art, we are basically dealing with line, form, texture and color. The bonsai needs to have visual interest, be able to hold the eye of the viewer, and be vigorous enough to withstand the rigors of bonsai culture.”