In a past article, we’ve talked in detail about bonsai trees and their history. In short, the bonsai tree is a Japanese tradition with many different bonsai masters coming from the country. Many people confuse bonsai as a tree variety when instead, it’s a method of growing tiny trees. Almost any perennial woody-stemmed tree can be grown as a bonsai. Additionally, the cannabis plant can also be grown as a bonsai.
As many of us already know, the cannabis plant is used for many different health benefits. It contains both CBD and THC properties, with CBD being the healthiest without any psychedelic side-effects. However, even THC has beneficial properties for relieving pain.
These are some of the health benefits the cannabis plant can bring:
- Relieve chronic pain
- Improve lung capacity
- Prevention and regulation of diabetes
- Fighting against cancer
- Regulates seizures
- Great help for people diagnosed with ADD/ADHD
- Alleviate anxiety
- Slows the development of Alzheimer’s
- Helps to relieve PTSD symptoms and multiple sclerosis
- Treats inflammatory bowel movements
- Helps with alcoholism
- Aids against Parkinson’s tremors
There are many other benefits that the cannabis plant can bring and many different ones that are still being tested for. There’s an article showing that the CBD of the cannabis plant can help against the COVID-19 virus but it’s still being tested by scientists.
The main reason why people try growing cannabis as a bonsai tree is to cut clone clippings from them. The mother plant of cannabis is small and takes much less space than a full-grown one.
How to Grow Canna Bonsai?
If you’re thinking of growing your cannabis bonsai tree, you must know that there are four steps that you must follow.
- Firstly, you must prepare the pot. Because the bonsai plant is small, selecting a small pot should be your goal. Some bonsai growers want to drill holes around the perimeter of the pots for string or twine. However, the holes need to be big enough for fitting the twine you’re using.
- The second step is setting up the mother plant inside the pot. Make sure that a sturdy and healthy cutting is chosen for the mother plant. The mother plant needs to be capable of producing quality buds so that the clippings can be taken. Several times per year, you can cut clippings from the mother plant. Additionally, after planting the mother plant, adding a wooden stake to train the plant’s main stem is crucial. It will also allow you to position the trunk any way you want. Make sure you put the stake gently so you’ll avoid damage to the roots. Also, tie the stem to the stake and the holes in the pot using a string or twine.
- Training your cannabis bonsai’s branches is the next step. Tying the branches with twine or string will help you train them. Depending on how you want the branches to face, you can tie them down in different ways. For more horizontal branches, tying them down with more force is needed while for more vertical branches, tie them loosely. Make sure that the branches have room left so they can grow.
- The last step is to prune the branches of the plant as it grows. The branches need to be restricted so that the bonsai shape and stature can be maintained. Additionally, airflow to the plant’s main stem needs to be maintained. Only prune offshoot branches and keep the main ones. The cannabis bonsai tree can be kept in a vegetative state for as long as they are alive. However, different growers have claimed that pure Indica cannabis plants degrade quicker (need to be replaced every 3-4 years) compared to pure Sativa (5-6 years for replacing). Hybrids need to be replaced every 4-5 years.
Best Strains for Canna Bonsai
Because each of the cannabis strains is different, some strains are better for creating a bonsai. Critical Kush strain is one of them. It is an Indica dominated with 80% while the Sativa ratio is 20%. Additionally, it grows short and bushy which is ideal for bonsai. The strain is high in THC because of its Indica dominance. Another good strain is the Dutch classic, White Widow. This strain is a balanced hybrid with both Indica and Sativa mix. It has more than 20% of the THC level.