in general we are lazy water the plants, while the plants always need water including our bonsai. it is necessary to bonsai humidity tray.
Why do we need a bonsai humidity tray? That’s because it helps to maintain sufficient moisture around our bonsai trees. Actually, there’re still three more reasons I show you below.
Importance of bonsai humidity tray
Humidity/Drip trays are important to use with bonsai trees for the following reasons:
Humidity trays are so decorative and add to the overall presentation of your bonsai work of art.
Humidity trays acting as drip plates will catch any excess water that may drain from the drainage hole at the bottom of the bonsai pot. In that case, the tray helps to protect the surface of whatever you are putting the tree on.
A little water in the tray all the time evaporates, which will create a humid environment for the tree
Instead of taking the tree to the sink to water it, you can simply water the tree in place. When watering in this way, pour water on top of the decorative pebbles slowly until it penetrates the soil and the excess water comes out of the holes in the bottom of the pot. This method of watering is particularly convenient for larger trees.
The humidity tray should not be used as the sole method of watering the tree. It will not replace deep saturation watering in a sink or bathtub. Plants need to be watered from the top on a regular schedule even when using a humidity tray. The roots can pull water up through the soil, but this isn’t sufficient for long term care. The soil inside the container needs to be monitored and kept at adequate saturation levels at all times. The use of a humidity tray simply aids in maintaining the humidity level around the plant and allows the roots to draw extra moisture as needed. A good rule of thumb is to deeply saturate your bonsai tree, allow the excess to drain into the humidity tray, and then watch the water level in the tray. When the tray dries out, it’s generally a good indication that the tree needs watering again.