This Earth Day, commit to nurturing a bonsai tree. These small trees must be tended to often, and will help you learn more about the natural world.
What You'll Need:
Shallow clay pot
Bonsai trees are trained and clipped so that they don't grow very big. It doesn't hurt the tree. In fact, bonsai trees can live for over 100 years!
Find a juniper seedling growing in your yard or buy one at a nursery. Select a shallow clay pot with a hole in the bottom for drainage.
Put a 12-inch piece of copper wire in the pot with one inch sticking out the bottom hole. Spread a layer of gravel in the bottom of the pot. Set the baby tree in the pot.
Wrap the copper wire around the root ball -- be sure to keep one inch sticking out of the bottom hole. Bend the end flat to hold the tree in place.
Fill the rest of the pot with a mixture of 3/4 potting soil and 1/4 sand, and water it well.
After a few weeks, wrap pieces of copper wire around the tree's branches, and carefully twist them. Clip the tips of the branches so they do not grow too long. Water your bonsai well once the soil has dried out completely.
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