How Often Do You Water Bonsai Trees? (Prevent Overwatering & Underwatering)

I find it difficult to keep my introductions brief, and I’m not sure how I can do this. There is usually an introductory section when I begin writing an article, and my introductions are always overly long.

I keep promising myself that I would make the opening section shorter this time, but I keep falling short. To be honest, I just give up since I have tried many times but don’t know how to accomplish it. I then let it go.

However, I am aware that you enjoy my introductions since I usually include something about myself and make an effort to keep everyone inspired, instill some hope, and distract you from your worries in day-to-day life.

Who doesn’t need inspiration? I am the one who provides you with the necessary assistance. My introductions are longer than required because of this. What is, is just what is. I am aware that this has little to do with planting, but we also need to discuss some other topics.

Since everyone is aware of how fundamental it is to water plants because water is life, I will talk about watering bonsai trees in this post. Although they require water for growth, we still need to learn some basic facts on how and when to water our plants.

You may thus find all of the responses to these queries in one article. So let’s get going

Introducing Bonsai Trees

A small tree that is grown in pots is called a bonsai tree. Growing and training small trees in pots is a kind of ancient Chinese art that was originated in Japan. Penjing. Even though they are little, bonsai trees are works of art that demand diligence, expertise, commitment, and sincerity.

It is clear that cultivating miniature trees in pots is Chinese culture and that it was born there since the oldest recorded evidence of bonsai plants can be discovered in records of the ancient Chinese dynasties. The history and aesthetics of what we now refer to as bonsai, however, were developed by the Japanese, hence bonsai trees are a Japanese innovation and evolution.

How Often Bonsai Trees Should Be Watered?

To ensure that your plant grows healthily, it is crucial to know how frequently you should water it. However, there are many time differences for watering various plants.

In this situation, the first thing I want to emphasize is that you should never allow a bonsai tree to dry out since this might be catastrophic for your bonsai tree. Depending on the type of tree and the surrounding environment, a bonsai tree’s water needs may vary somewhat.

In the spring and summer, an average bonsai tree should be watered every two to three weeks, with more time between waterings in the fall and winter. More tropical bonsai plants will require weekly mistings of water every one to two weeks.

How Much Water Do Bonsai Trees Need?

It’s crucial to know how much water your bonsai tree requires to avoid overwatering it. The quantity of water that a bonsai tree requires varies depending on the type of tree and the location. Therefore, you should first ascertain the type of your bonsai tree and then confirm how much water it needs.

A important idea to remember while watering your bonsai tree is to make sure the entire root system is completely submerged. Your bonsai tree will receive the necessary amount of water in this method.

Overwatering And Under Watering Bonsai Trees


The most frequent mistake committed by people, overwatering, can result in serious problems. To prevent overwatering, we thus need to be aware of certain fundamental guidelines, such as when and how much to water a bonsai tree.

In addition to several bacterial and fungal diseases, overwatering may result in root rot. I believe that this is sufficient justification for you to comprehend the extent to which overwatering can harm a bonsai tree.

Here, I’ll list a few signs that your bonsai tree may have received too much water.

  • Brittle leaves
  • Mold at the base
  • Over-damp soil
  • Soft and  brown leaves
  • Root rot


Underwatering is the reverse of overwatering and can be a serious problem. Your bonsai tree will hunger for water if you don’t give it enough water, and if you ignore this problem for a long time, your bonsai tree might die.

Many of you have asked me, “How can we know if we are underwatering our bonsai tree? “, therefore I will now list some symptoms you can experience as a result.

  • Hard soil
  • Dry leaves
  • Shrunken trunks
  • Dry roots

Should You Mist Your Bonsai Tree?

It is strongly advised to mist a bonsai tree during the winter and when the air is dry since you need to keep the tree moist. You may also clear the leaves of your bonsai tree of dirt and debris by spraying them. Therefore, do not hesitate to spray your bonsai tree because it will be beneficial.

How To Tell When To Water Bonsai Trees?

To determine if your bonsai tree requires water or not, you must take a few things into account. You must be certain that watering your bonsai plant is indeed necessary. You must take into account things like the trees and the pot’s sizes, the type of soil and fertilizer used, and of course the weather.

You must examine the soil and determine if it is dry or not to determine whether your bonsai tree needs water. By employing several techniques, you should verify that the soil is adequately hydrated.

By inserting your finger into the ground about an inch deep, you may measure the soil’s moisture. You don’t need to water it if it feels damp, and vice versa if it feels dry, you should water your bonsai plant.

Using a soil moisture meter is the alternative technique for measuring soil moisture.

How To Water Bonsai Trees?

Make careful to saturate the entire root system when you decide the soil is dry and your bonsai tree needs water. Continue watering the plant until you see water draining from the drainage pores at the bottom, then repeat the process a short while later.

To stop the soil from being washed away, you must use a watering can with a fine nozzle to pour the water over the soil. Make sure you are using filtered or rainwater since tap water contains a lot of chlorine and might harm your bonsai tree.

Final Words

It’s time for me to finish writing this article since I have a lot more to say than I did with the last one. There are a lot of things you may do while watering your bonsai tree, which is why I’m here to explain how to do it correctly so it grows properly and is healthy.

Since you already know that love is necessary, but water is actually the most crucial element, Bonsai trees require a lot of love in addition to water. So be sure to water your bonsai tree according to a timetable and not overwater it.

All I have to say is that I hope you found this article to be both informative and helpful. See you!

Further Reading

Read this article to find out more about the causes and whether there are any treatments if you notice that your cactus has some white patches but are uncertain of why they arise. Visit a different article to see the many stages of succulent development.

Have you ever considered the potential consequences of eating a bad avocado? Read this article if so. The following excellent article explains the causes of black spots on succulents.

Ella Holmes

About Us

FlowerPictures is a website dedicated to the most beautiful things in life - PLANTS!

Its run by enthusiast gardeners that have years of experience.