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 Bonsai Orange Tree

 By Erik A. Olsen

If you are thinking about getting involved with growing bonsai or if you have already enjoyed this art form for years, one tree that makes a magnificent addition to any collection is the bonsai orange tree. Unfortunately, the orange tree is too often overlooked for the more traditional tree. This particular type of bonsai grows to about 19 inches tall and is available in six wonderful species. Some of the bonsai orange trees are very full with wonderful orange fruit while other bonsai orange trees are small with dainty branches. Regardless, this species of tree makes a perfect bonsai.

One of the most spectacular bonsai orange trees was on display in Mumbai. The tree took Master Chiang more than two full years of grafting and redesigning to create this masterpiece. He started with one branch of Pearl, the name of his miniature bonsai orange tree complete with miniature oranges, and then grafted the branch of another tree called Year that had massively large orange. As he worked with these and other bonsai orange trees, he ended up with a wide variety of fruits, some that were shaped like a finger, some that were green, the lemon orange, and an orange that was very long.

With all of his years of work, Chiang came up with several masterpieces. Another was not a bonsai orange tree but a Ficus tree that he was able to reduce from 40 feet tall to a perfect imitation of a 2-foot bonsai. Keep in mind that most bonsai orange trees are actual orange trees just much smaller. That means you can enjoy your own personal orange tree small enough to place on a coffee table, nightstand, or a desk at the office. No matter where the bonsai orange tree is placed, it will provide a beautiful focal point in the room.

Another wonderful aspect of choosing the bonsai orange tree is that not only does this species of tree look amazing but they also produce the flower that gives ff the sweet fragrance of orange blossoms. If you have never enjoyed this fragrance, there is nothing like it sweet with a tropical like fragrance. However, the bonsai orange tree offers much more. For instance, the orange fruit that grows on the tree is actually edible, the rind, and all. Many people growing this type of bonsai will use the small, delicious fruit for cooking or cocktails.

When buying a bonsai orange tree, make sure it is shipped directly from the grower, giving it a much better chance of health and survival. Additionally, because of extreme heat, many growers will not ship the bonsai orange tree to Florida, Texas, or outside of the United States so be sure you check the shipping locations prior to paying. A great time of orange tree is called the Calamondin, which is similar to the Kumquat tree, although Kumquat fruit is too large for bonsai growing. This is an indoor plant that will need to be placed in a well-ventilated location with lots of sunlight. This type of bonsai does best in temperatures between 55 and 75 degrees, although it can handle temperatures between 44 and 55 degrees. While you want to make sure the tree is watered often in the summer months, you want to be careful that it does not get too much humidity in the winter.
 

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