Cherry Bonsai Tree
How To Care For a Cherry Bonsai Tree
The cherry bonsai tree ticks a lot of boxes – if you are looking for a bonsai plant which flowers, is easy to look after and can be grown indoors or outside, then this is the bonsai for you. The cherry tree is a part of the ‘Rosacea’ family which also includes roses. Interestingly, plums, apricots and damsons are actually also a part of the cherry family.
Lighting and Temperature
Grows well in both direct and indirect sunlight however you are probably best to protect this plant from the hot mid-day sun as this could scorch it’s leaves. When deciding what temperature to provide your cherry bonsai tree, you should first of all be aware that each variety have different needs. You should therefore consult the care instructions of each individual plant.
Watering and Humidity
Like most bonsai, you should not over water, instead test the soil with you finger to feel how dry the soil is. If you find that the soil is dry half an inch below the surface then it is time for a watering. During the summer the tree will require more water than in the winter, also make sure then you don’t get the flowers wet as this can cause them to rot.
For humidity, use a plastic humidity tray or a plate with stones and water. Pour water into the tray and let the water evaporate through the plant.
During the growing season (spring to fall) you should feed your cherry tree with fertilizer every two weeks, preferably with organic liquid fertilizer. If you do use chemical fertiliser then use dilute it to half strength.
Every two years in spring you should re-pot your cherry tree. If you prune the roots be careful not to over prune as cherries don’t like this. After you have re-potted, place the plant in a shady area and give it plenty of water. After several weeks you can then place the tree in it’s normal position.
A cherry tree is a wonderful choice of bonsai whether you are new to bonsai growing or have had many years experience. As well as being a particularly beautiful looking plant, it is also very versatile in terms of what style you grow it in. The only style that doesn’t work is the Broom style. But with so many other styles to choose from you can be spoilt for choice.
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