A Shohin-bonsai is a bit more demanding according to daily care. Because of its tiny size it dries out earlier. Therefore care must be taken into a proper position in the garden, which protects the small trees from harmful sun and winds. A Shohin-bonsai can easily be thrown down from the stand by a sudden wind or storm. Therefore it needs to be placed where this will not happen.
At the same time care must be taken into proper humid surroundings, that will prevent the trees to dry out too fast. Placing the trees nearby bigger bonsais is one positive effect, but the presence of vegetation on the ground beneath the benches, is another important factor. The steaming from the plantings, scrubs and grasses i.e. on the ground, will make a humid air around the tables, in benefit of the bonsais placed there.
Instead of making the public mistake, where gravel is the ground cover, and I have done this myself, plant some vegetation to improve the humidity. It will make far more pleasing surroundings as well.
Watering and harmfully attacks
Another matter of importance is of course the watering. Shohin dry out quickly, and need to be watered properly. That means that any species must be kept moist according to their demand. Pines are tolerant to dry periods, but don’t overdo it. Acers, and other species like it, needs to be lightly moist all the time.
A good way of watering the tiniest of the trees, are to dip them into a bowl of water, and holding them there until they have filled the soil with water. The daily watering are a very good occasion also to check the trees for any pests and attacks by insects. Look also any other signs of weaknesses at the trees, as discoloured leaves, that could be coursed by larval attacks on the roots. A good habit is also to spray the leaves with water. This will clean the leaves, and give humidity that is obtained through the leaves. At he same time this will disturb insects, and make their life troublesome in benefit of the trees health.
Remember to check branches with wire, to prevent the wire to make marks in the branch when it thickens in the growing period. Especially deciduous trees are growing quickly at the times when new leaves develop. Remove the wire with a wire cutter.
Daily care is a number of things do be aware of. But this is at the same time some of the peace to be found in the routines of the work with bonsai. Some of my peacefulness’ moments I find in the daily care. Often I find myself sitting or standing in longer periods at the same spot, just to watch and study the trees on the benches.