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How to Grow a Cannabis Bonsai

Written by Ed Rushford Feb 09 2022

What is cannabis bonsai? To bonsai a cannabis plant might sound crazy to some people, however, it is very possible and becoming a lot more common.

Growers have evolved several ways to enhance cannabis growth in their never-ending pursuit to achieve the intended buds possible. One of these tactics is the cultivation and upkeep of cannabis bonsai trees. Cannabis bonsais, like conventional bonsai trees, are small plants that never grow more than a few centimeters. You may cultivate a Bonsai ganja tree to calm your soul and get you high. These plants provide producers with an efficient source of cut clippings without taking up too much room or necessitating an excessive amount of resources. Best of all, they are simple to set up and maintain.

What is Bonsai?

Most people believe that a bonsai is a specific sort of tree that grows small, which is not true. Bonsai is an artwork and farming technique that dates back over 1000 years. Despite being linked with Japanese culture, bonsai cultivation is an old Chinese skill that Japanese Buddhists polished and developed further. Bonsai means “grown in a container.” This artistic work comprises a range of training and pruning procedures that cultivators can use on a wide range of shrubs and trees. Not all species can be cultivated in this manner, but fortunately for you, cannabis is excellent for this approach, so if you want to learn how to produce your cannabis bonsai.

Importance of cannabis bonsai tree

People grow cannabis bonsai trees primarily to create clippings. Cannabis bonsais take up considerably less area than a full-grown mother plant because each mother plant remains little. Bonsai trees can be a fantastic space saver if you only have a few plants and a tiny amount of room. However, the value of these plants becomes visible in more extensive cannabis gardens, where numerous canna-bonsai mothers can give a wide range of genotypes for the entire garden. Creating and nurturing many tiny mother plants for clippings is a terrific method to keep your cannabis garden diverse without relying on seeds.

How do you cultivate cannabis bonsai? (Step-by-step)

To begin producing your cannabis bonsai, you will need the following:

1.  A cannabis seedling or cut;

2.  You can use plant ties, wire, or string.

3.  Drill holes in the pot or use tape to hold the wire, string, plant ties, and so on.

4.  Stakes made of bamboo or wood.

Get the pot ready

The first step is to prepare your plant’s pot. Because you are cultivating bonsais, you’ll want to use a small pot. Some gardeners choose to drill holes around the perimeter of the pot for thread or twine to assist in training. Make sure the holes are massive enough to accommodate the string you intend to use. Failure to do so could lead to a nasty surprise when it comes time to train.

Providing support

The essential part of bonsai is the look. You can use whatever you wish or have available to accomplish this, but most cultivators will use a wooden or bamboo stake next to the stem or branch. This allows you to position the stem in any direction you need to, making it easier to get the ideal form.

Time to train

The third step is to train the branches of your canna-bonsai. You may train the plant’s branches the same way you trained the stem by tying them down with twine. When you need your branches to be more horizontal, bind them down more tightly. Tie them down more loosely if you wish them to be more vertical. When tying, provide enough space for the branches to spread without being overly constrained.


Regardless of the training methods used on your cannabis bonsai, it will probably grow more extensive than you planned or desired, necessitating the need to trim it, i.e., remove some leaves and even some branches. Pruning primarily helps give your cannabis plant a unique bonsai appearance, but it also allows air to move between the branches (and eventually buds), preventing mold and bugs.

Pruning cannabis
Pruning cannabis in order to create a bonsai cannabis plant

Thus, it is critical to perform it correctly. When pruning, make sure only to remove fresh offshoot branches (branches that sprout from the main branches), not the main ones, as this can stress your plant and hinder growth.

Receiving rewards

Cultivating a bonsai cannabis isn’t ideal for individuals looking for large harvests (obviously), but your cannabis bonsai will flower, so it is time to harvest when your plant is ready. If you are not a cannabis consumer or don’t want to destroy your plant, you can leave it alone for a long time. However, your plant will ultimately convert into a male in an attempt to generate seeds, so it’s best to harvest, dry, cure before all this occurs.

Which strains are the best for cannabis bonsai trees?

Since the genetics of each strain varies, some cultivars will be highly suited for maturing into canna-bonsais. Here are a couple of strains that we believe are excellent options for developing into canna-bonsai trees due to their small height.

Critical Kush Strain

Critical Kush is a highly effective Indica-dominant strain. This popular strain combines two well-known cannabis strains, Critical Mass and OG Kush. Indoor producers will have to wait 50-60 days for Critical Kush cannabis to finish its flowering phase.

White Widow

White Widow, a 50/50 hybrid first cultivated in the Netherlands, is one of the most well-known strains on the planet. White Widow is a hybrid between a Brazilian Sativa and South Indian Indica. This cannabis strain has graced every Dutch coffee house menu since its emergence in the 1990s. Its flowers are white with diamond resin, hinting at the powerful effects to come. The genetics of White Widow has given rise to numerous additional legends, including White Russian, White Rhino, and Blue Widow. Many growers, however, choose to cultivate the original White Widow, which blooms in roughly 60 days inside. You can’t go wrong with White Widow if you want to develop a well-balanced hybrid canna-bonsai.

Although not the perfect idea for those cultivating their medicine, a cannabis bonsai is a terrific method to learn about plant training while growing gorgeous bonsais that will impress even non-cannabis consumers. It is a time-consuming yet gratifying hobby suitable for all producers.

Ed Rushford

Ed Rushford’s impact on cannabis growing is undeniable. Though he tends to focus primarily on 2 areas, plant training techniques and dealing with disease, pests, and other problems, he has offered many insights into how cannabis plants live and grow. That’s not to say that Ed is unfamiliar with the complete life cycle of cannabis, from seed to harvest, but he uses his widespread knowledge to hone in on the minutia and niche areas of growing cannabis. Ed’s goal is to spread knowledge and allow for everyone to become better growers. About this Author

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