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 Bonsai Cherry Tree

 By Erik A. Olsen

Are you thinking about trying your hand at bonsai but have no idea the type of tree to choose? If so, we might recommend you think about the bonsai cherry tree. If you have ever been in Japan or states in the United States where cherry trees grow, then you know the beautiful bloom and sweet fragrance when in bloom. The bonsai cherry tree is an excellent choice with results of a miniature tree that has small blooms if grown indoors or a smaller tree with larger blooms if grown outside. In this article, we will talk about the proper care for the cherry tree to ensure your bonsai project is perfect.

First, your bonsai cherry tree will need full sun although semi-shade during the summer months is perfectly fine. As far as temperature, you will need to check with the experts at your local nursery or gardening center since different cherry trees live in different temperatures. For watering your bonsai cherry tree, the majority of varieties need to be watered frequently, especially during the hotter summer months. The key is to keep the soil moist but never soaking wet and never dry. However, during the winter, you will cut back on the amount of water. Additionally, when the bonsai cherry tree is in bloom, do not get the flowers wet or they will rot.

Your bonsai cherry tree also needs proper food to help it grow strong and healthy. We recommend you feed your bonsai every two weeks after it has flowered in the late summer. Then, your cherry tree will do better with a liquid fertilizer designed specifically for bonsai. However, if you plan to use regular fertilizer for household plants, we suggest you dilute it by 50% and choose a formula high in potassium for the late summer feedings. Some bonsai cherry trees such as the P. Mahaleb needs a break in feeding when the summer is really hot but then resumed in the fall. If you are unsure, again check with your local nursery, gardening center, or bonsai grower about fertilizer.

Another important factor of growing a bonsai cherry tree is that you need to repot it every second year but only in the spring. For this, you would use the standard bonsai soil. Again, there are always exceptions to the rules to include the P. Serrulata, which needs to be repotted annually. When you do repot your bonsai, carefully remove it from the container, shake off any old dirt and in fact, some people will gently rinse the old dirt off. Then, place the tree in clean soil, watering it to ensure the root ball is moist. Once you have repotted the bonsai tree, the fun begins with the styling or training as some call it.

The great thing about growing a bonsai cherry tree is that you can choose any style you like with the exception of the Broom style. In addition, all styles work on both miniature and regular size cherry trees but keep in mind that based on trunk structure and the size of the leaves, some styles will look better than other styles. Just make sure you choose a bonsai cherry tree proportioned for the style you like. Then, during the growing season, you want to prune back the tips. You also want to remove flowers as they begin to fade and if you want to use wiring to achieve the style, this should be done in the spring or summer but make sure you are careful to protect the bark on the tree.
 
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