Japanese cherry bonsai is wonderful, as much or more than the garden tree. It produces a large number of flowers almost effortlessly, and its maintenance is quite simple when you consider its basic needs.
Therefore, if you have been given one or are planning to acquire it, do not miss this article in which I am going to explain to you what care it requires to be as beautiful and healthy as the first day.
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What is the Japanese cherry tree like?
Before getting into the subject, it is important to know a little japanese cherry as a tree, since this way we can take better care of the bonsai. Well, it is a plant native to East Asia whose scientific name is Prunus serrulata, although as bonsai you also work a lot with the Prunus subhirtella 'Autumnalis' for its spectacular autumn colors.
In any case, it is a deciduous plant (loses leaves in autumn / winter) that exceeds 6 meters, and that produces flowers in spring. To be happy you need a temperate climate, with mild summers and frosty winters.
How do you care for Japanese cherry bonsai?
When you work a tree, whatever it is, as bonsai you have to keep in mind that it will depend much more on us. So for it to be well, we recommend providing the following care:
- Location: full sun.
- Irrigation: daily during the warm season (spring and especially summer), and every 3-4 days the rest.
- Substratum: 70% akadama with 30% kiryuzuna.
- Subscriber: from the beginning of spring to the end of summer with specific liquid fertilizers for bonsai, following the instructions specified on the package.
- In summer, the tips of the new shoots.
- In winter, branches that are broken, diseased or weak, those that intersect and also those that grow forward. Trim those that grow too large.
- After flowering, clamp, that is, cut the tips.
- Multiplication: by grafting in spring.
- Rusticity: withstands freezes down to -12ºC. But it cannot live in hot tropical climates.
Enjoy your bonsai!