One Of The Best Plants For Beginners
Cherry Bonsai is one of the most commonly used bonsai tree, frequently used by beginners and novices to the bonsai world.
It is characterized by its beautiful flowers and the sweet scent that they produce.
Cherry trees are indigenous to Asian countries like China, Japan, India, Korea, but are also found in the western countries like United States, Canada, and Germany. For that matter the cherry blossoms in Altes Land in Germany are a major tourist attraction.
There are many different types of cherry tress, which can be differentiated from each other based on the color of their flowers or barks. Some can be listed as below
- Black Cherry
- Cherry Plum
- Sargent Cherry
- Weeping Cherry
- Goldbark Cherry
Cherry plant can be used for almost all the bonsai styles except for the broom or the formal upright style.
Balanced Sunlight and Watering
Cherry tree needs balanced exposure to sunlight. During the morning hours when the sun rays are not very intense it could be directly exposed to the sun. However during the later part of the noon when the sun rays are far more strong it should not be exposed to sun.
Keep the plant in an area which is not exposed to the strong sun rays during the noon and post noon period.
In summer months water the plant frequently. Too much of watering though might result in the rot of roots and would be detrimental to the health of the bonsai plant.
Hence you should monitor the water levels and strike out a balance between too much of water and too little of it. It is also important to keep in mind that when top watering the plant during bloom season, keeping the flowers wet will cause rotting. Hence watering the roots should be sufficient during the bloom season.
Cherry tree needs proper fertilizers to remain healthy. It's advisable to get help from your local gardeners or horticulturists to find out the exact variety of fertilizers and their quantiy to be used. Generally fertilizers should be used after the cherry bonsai has flowered in the late summer, and should be given at an interval of 2 to 3 weeks.
Repotting of should be carried out during the spring season, every two years.
Normal bonsai soil can be used in the new pot. However ensure that you have checked the roots of the cherry bonsai and removed any dead roots.
If you want to do some root pruning this is the ideal time to do it, because it would not be wise to dislodge the plant out of its soil every now and then to do some root act.
After repotting ensure that the soil is watered properly, and also ensure that the new pot has adequate drainage holes to drain out excess water.
After having cared so much for your cherry bonsai, you will get your reward once you see the beautiful cherry in full bloom right besides you in your drawing room.
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