Succulent Bonsai: What Is A Bonsai And How To Make Them?

A Bonsai is a gardening style that restores the shape of a mature succulent plant. Most succulent bonsai are meant to please people in the living places and to increase beauty. Also, most gardeners use Bonsai gardeners to ease their stress and enjoy the peaceful and beautiful garden.

Most succulent plants are preferred for Bonsai gardening since they are flesh with thick stems that look in Bonsai form. Also, the succulent plant trimmings require less attention and easy to manage and maintain. In addition to that, succulent plant roots do not require trimmings like other plants. But instead, they grow better with their shallow roots.

Steps in how to make succulent Bonsai

1. Succulent plant selectionbonsai make succulent

Choose plants that match your preferences. For instance, select succulent plants that grow within the container or pot you are using. This is done by choosing small succulent plants that suit your pot. Also, select succulent plants according to your desired color. Ensure that you grow your succulents in a container that has good drainage features as recommended.

Moreover, choose a succulent plant with desired features such as small leaves, stem antinodes, the slow growth rate of the plants, and a long lifespan. Finally, ensure you choose a succulent plant/plants that are easy to prune and trim.

2. pruning

when pruning your succulent plant, ensure you follow and observe the recommendations required for pruning to avoid damaging the whole plant. Once you have pruned your succulent plant, flowers will fail to grow for that short period until new growth occurs.

Succulent plants have shallow roots and therefore don’t require any pruning. If you try pruning your succulent plant roots, they will become unhealthy and costly when fixing the problem. Consequently, it is better to leave the succulent plant roots unpruned unless recommended by a professional gardener.

Sometimes, succulent plant roots are pruned for some purpose, such as aesthetic function. If you are pruning the roots for the purpose, follow the following steps:

  • Remove all soil from the container or root surface.
  • Leave the wounds of your succulent plant roots to heal before you consider replanting them again.
  • Replant your succulent plants.

Ensure that you keep your succulent roots away from water or moisture until the root heals completely. Keeping your succulent roots away from moisture prevents the roots from rotting.

3. Potting

Succulent Bonsais require containers with well drainage features that allow excess water to flow out hence protecting your Bonsai plants from rotting. Also, cover the draining holes with non-clogging screens when withering to prevent soil from draining through the draining poles.

Once you have finished watering the succulent plants, you can drill additional holes to ensure good draining of the excess water from the container to prevent the succulent plants from rotting. Also, ensure you grow succulents of the same type in the same container because they need the same care and have exact growing requirements.

If you grow different succulent plants in the same container, it will be costly for you when caring for them since each species has different growing needs and must be taken care of separately.

4. Wiringaluminum wires.

The succulent Bonsai plant keeps growing and producing more leaves which require regular trimmings to keep them in good shape and condition. Once you have trimmed the leaves, the plant may start leaning on one side while growing.

Therefore, support your plant to grow upright and straight by using aluminum wires. Wire your succulent plant using aluminum wire to a particular spot that will keep the plant straight and upright. It is advisable not to use copper wires because aluminum wires shape the plant correctly and are strong enough to hold succulent plants firmly.

5. Trimming

Succulent Bonsai plants may grow, especially during the summer and spring seasons. Therefore, ensure you trim the succulent plants during winter to allow them to grow more leaves during the summer or spring season.

If you want to trim your succulent plants, ensure you have the desired shape you want to prune your succulent plant. Check which leaves to trim off so that the end product of your trimmings matches your preferences. Finally, ensure you support your plants well after cutting off the leaves to keep the plant in an upright state.

Caring for the succulent BonsaiCaring for the succulent Bonsai

Before caring for the succulent Bonsais, have basic knowledge of the habitats of the different succulent Bonsai types. Mostly, succulent plants grow well in warm and well-lit places. If you prefer growing your succulent Bonsais inside the house, consider keeping them at the temperature of 50 degrees and above. If the temperature becomes too much for the succulent plants, drop the temperature to below 50 degrees Celsius to prevent withering the plants.

Expose your succulent Bonsai to adequate sunlight to prevent elongation from taking place. If you keep your succulent plants away from light, leaves will turn yellow and elongate towards the light position. Also, if you expose your plants to too much light, leaves will grow and enlarge abnormally with scorched burns. Therefore, it is advisable to expose your succulent plants to the adequate light required.

Under watering your succulent plants may result from planting withering and falling off leaves. Leaves may also curl and Shriver due to quick moisture evaporation from the surface. Caring for the succulent Bonsai requires you to water the plants when necessary.

Overwatering plants kills the plants since excess water rots the succulent plant parts such as the stem, leaves and roots. Overwatering plants cause more harm which is difficult to fix, than when under watering plants. When watering succulent plants, ensure you drain excess water from the jar, water succulent plant soil only when it dries out, and avoid a regular watering plant schedule.

Clean dust that has accumulated on the surface of the succulent Bonsai using a clean damp cloth. For thorny plants such as cactus, you can use a soft paintbrush to scrub the stubborn stain. Removing dust from the plants improves the health of the plants and increases the plant growth rate. Therefore, check your succulent plants regularly to remove any dust or dirt.

Supply your succulent Bonsai with well-balanced houseplant fertilizer. The fertilizers provide more nutrients to the plants hence increasing their growth rate. Also, fertilizers strengthen the plants. Despite fertilizers being suitable for growing succulent plants, they can damage the plants used in large amounts. Therefore, ensure you use the recommended amount of fertilizer to apply on the plants.

Once you have pruned your plants, avoid watering them and wait until the wounds are completely healed. If you water after pruning, bruised parts may rot. It is advisable to wait for several days, approximately two weeks, before moisturizing.

Frequently asked questions: 

  • How can I trim my succulent Bonsai?

The following steps will help you trim your succulent Bonsai successfully.

  1. Cut your succulent Bonsai into a tree shape and remove all undesired leaves and branches if there is any. Trim the plant carefully to avoid damaging other parts.
  2. Shape the leaves and stems you want to develop. Trim until your succulent plant obtains a tree-like shape.

  iii. Leave the cut areas to dry under direct sunlight.

  1. Remove all cut leaves from the succulent Bonsai and try to propagate them instead of disposing of them. Ensure you trim your succulent Bonsai when needed.


If you want to create your succulent Bonsai, the steps above will help you develop your own Bonsai and shape it according to your preference. Finally, you can also use the article to trim your succulent Bonsai without any problem.