EXOTIC BONSAI TREES FLOWERING,FRUIT AND LEAFY
In the category of exotic bonsai trees the wisteria is a good choice to the ordinary collection of bonsai available. It is an native,after all,of China,Korea and Japan. These trees,in the forest,can reach 30 feet. Imagine the difficulty in transforming these into bonsai,the reason being is they do not conform to many of the common styles.
The flowers in these bonsai have a variety of colors such as blue,purple,pink and white which are beautiful in their own right. They bloom in the spring at which time they require large watering efforts. The drainage,if sufficient,well allow the wisteria to do well in full sun to partial shade. For best results give your trees a good supply of fertilizer in the spring just before flowering. This should be repeated in late summer while the leaves are still on the miniature plant.
ORANGE JASMINE ANOTHER CHOICE IN BONSAI TREES
The bonsai provide many choices but the orange jasmine is an additional option in providing beauty and is delightful in aroma. The stark white blossoms,with the wonderful fragrance,also produce bright red fruit. The plant should be fed every three to four weeks.Light watering is most adequate for most of the year but in the hotter season you may want to provide additional water.These trees seem to flourish better in filtered sun and therfore an excellent candidate for indoor raising.
MIMOSA AN EXCELLENT CHOICE IN EXOTIC BONSAI TREES
These bonsai are sometimes referred to as silk trees. This is a result of their long silky thread like fiber. The mimosa is as fragrant as the others discussed before and their very lacy foliage and puffed up flowers are also beautiful. The flowers of the mimosa bloom in late April to early June so moderate watering is in order for these trees. A word of caution here,avoid the watering of the flowers since they will rapidly wilt and deteriorate when wet.
This will be one of the larger trees in your hobby. They grow fast with large leaves and are extremely difficult to maintain to a small size. They will require lots of space wherever this plant is displayed.
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LET'S TALK ABOUT BONSAI TREES AND FRUIT
These trees,which produce fruit,are not dwarf varieties but are carefully crafted miniatures of a standard tree. There are many cherry,orange,apple,lemon,peach and other species which will form into excellent trees. It is important to select the type of fruit tree that is best suited to the climate in which the tree naturally grows. As an example citrus trees do not thrive in extreme northern climates but apple trees do extremely well. The cherry tree does well in parts of the midwest and south where lots of moisture exists.
However this is not to say that you could not grow the other trees in your climate. If you can control the conditions through the use of a greenhouse or atrium structures,then by all means go for a species that you would prefer to see flourish.
In the selection of miniature fruit trees,the cherry tree continues to be one of the best choices. The profusion of pink flowers and red fruit are both a visual and sense of smell delight to everyone. These do well in full sun much of the year and will need partial shade during the hot parts of the summer. This is why I mention the conditions under which you can grow these bonsai trees in a contolled atmosphere.
A CHINESE PLUM IS AN EXCELLENT EXAMPLE IN BONSAI TREES
This species of bonsai produces pink and white flowers and purple fruit. This will certainly enchance your collection. It is true that most bonsai plants need some outdoors,this one can do well indoors with adequate sunshine. A hard commodity to come by in parts of the north and northeast. You should give them full morning sun and shade in the afternoon and evening. If you enjoy plums,you will certainly revel in this bonsai tree.
Other types of fruit that lend themselves to becoming bonsai trees are: Quince,grape vines,and figs. One of the most interesting type miniatures,are black olive trees. In the wild these trees grow over 50 feet tall. They can easily be trained to spread out producing a beautiful display. The bluish leaves of this tree can lend a darker color to some of the brighter fruit trees. This is if you are really into this type of art and looking for a good contrast.
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The fig tree.of course is a challenge because in the real world the ficus grows to enormous size as it climbs to 60 feet tall and 60 feet wide. This makes keeping the canopy in control a real dedication to the art.So if you are going to attempt this,the fruit trees themselves are sold very young with only a root and a small trunk. This makes it essential that you water and plant immediately and use a good bonsai soil mixture. For my money I think I would buy one as a work in progress but that is only my opinion.
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