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Why Do Your Bonsai Trees Keep Dying?

Bonsai trees are both beautiful and mesmerising, forming miniature versions of their much larger counterparts that truly capture the imagination.

Many people opt for bonsai trees for these very reasons, but sadly, many of them die within a few weeks of being purchased. 

If you’re one of these individuals who has purchased a bonsai, only to find it shedding its leaves and eventually dying, you’ve come to the right place. Here, we’ll discuss the common reasons for these plants dying, as well as how you can prevent the same from happening in the future.


When we say bonsai tree, this is just a collective term for many different species. Just like their full-sized counterparts, these miniature marvels with a rich and storied history hail from diverse climates and ecosystems.

The real challenge with owning a bonsai is trying to recreate the plant’s natural climate in your home. While species of bonsai trees prefer warmer climates, others will thrive under cooler temperatures. 

Striking this balance is crucial and exposing your tree to extreme temperatures at either end of the spectrum could provide too much for your delicate tree.


As well as temperature considerations, striking the right balance with watering is also imperative. In fact, overwatering is one of the primary causes of plant death.

Conversely, if your plant doesn’t require enough water then it’ll dry out and die. 

So although you’ll need to provide adequate moisture, if you overdo it as this can starve your plant of oxygen, leading to root rot and eventual death.

With many bonsai trees, there’s a fine line between giving your plant the moisture it needs and overwatering, so it’s important to get this right. Failure to do so will be to the detriment of your tree.

Choosing Species

As mentioned already, each species of bonsai possesses unique characteristics and requirements. While some are hardier and more forgiving, with others you’ll get less leeway.

It’s not uncommon for individuals to opt for the first tree they see, but this is often a mistake as it may be unsuitable for the conditions of their home.

Instead, anyone looking to purchase a bonsai should research different trees or at least take a look at the guidance. Without a proper understanding of the tree’s needs and preferences, you run the risk of seeing your plant deteriorate soon after introducing it to your home.

Tips For Keeping Bonsai Healthy

To help you give your bonsai tree the best chance of flourishing, here are some useful tips:

Research and Education: 

Before you choose a bonsai, thoroughly research its needs and preferences. Getting a full understanding of the tree's natural habitat and requirements is paramount to its survival.

Climate Control: 

Try to mimic the natural climate of your bonsai species as closely as possible. Provide appropriate temperature, sunlight and humidity levels which should all ensure the tree's well-being.


Establish a consistent watering routine, taking into account the specific water requirements of your tree. You should also ensure proper drainage as this will help prevent waterlogging.

Patience in Progress: 

Patience is a virtue – especially in the cultivation of bonsai trees. Keep a close eye on your tree’s progress and be ready to respond to its changing needs.

So these are the common reasons for bonsai trees dying, as well as how to care for them. If you require some guidance or you require some indoor plants for your office or home, speak to us today.



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