Caring for Your Japanese Garden
A mini-garden requires a significant amount of care and attention after it has been created. Plants need to be healthy and in top form to avoid disease and sickness. The soil is what gives your plant proper nutrients, while their leaves and foliage allows them to breathe. These are the two most important elements of your garden. When you take natural elements and place them in unnatural conditions, you must provide the plants with the natural conditions that they were used to. Indoor gardens will need much more attention than those left outdoors in nature. Indoor plants will need to be sprayed periodically to remove dust, smoke, or dirt that may cover them, and they must be placed in a location where they will receive natural light. The soil must remain moist, so they need to be watered regularly. In the artificial indoor environment dew and moisture will not affect the plant, so you need to make sure you water more frequently in the summer months or in dry weather. Make sure you do not over water, as this can stunt the growth of the plant. It is considered best to spray the foliage, and add soft applications of water through a narrow spout to the soil around the plant. Sometimes your plant may need little extra nutrients in the form of “Liquinure”.
Make sure, when planting, the plants are set apart at the proper distances, and do not allow the plants to outgrow the space and size you have allotted for them. Be sure to cut and prune your plants to avoid overgrowth. Dwarf trees often require the pinching off of overgrowth so they maintain their shape and size. Make sure to cut and shape flowering plants immediately after the flowering season. This is also the best time to separate, divide, or cut out plants as well. Plants that are used to carpet must also be kept in check. These can be divided by using a table fork to remove growth that is not needed, making sure new growth will occur in your garden.
Plant diseases are often a result of poor soil drainage, sour soil, stagnant water, or acidic soil, and sometimes even dried out roots. By keeping your garden in good shape and caring for it regularly you can avoid these issues. To keep your plants healthy you can also consider adding a dash of lime and light mulch or horticultural peat. If you have poor soil drainage you will have an overgrowth of moss and the appearance of mildewed plants. Make sure to remove these parts right away and spray the plants with a sulphur-dust!