Outdoor bonsai

These are trees that, by their nature, must be placed outside, ideal for balconies, gardens and terraces

Pseudolarix

Family

Pinaceae

Origin

East of China

Etymology

Pseudolarix, Similar to a Larix (larch)

Pseudolarix

Characteristics

Small deciduous conifer. Slow to moderate growth. The grey-brown bark is very pretty and cracks with age. Very flexible, bright green leaves which turn a very attrative golden in autumn.


Place

Outside in half shade or full sun.


Irrigation

Plentiful especially in summer. The ends of the leaves dry out very quickly when the tree suffers water shortages, particularly in full sun.


Fertilization

From spring to autumn, in summer you can keep on giving fertilizer but with less frequency, In general, every 20-30 days depending on the fertilizer.

Transplant

Every 2-3 years, at the beginning of spring budding. In older specimens you can wait up to 5 years without transplanting.

Substratum

Akadama 100% or mixed with 30% volcanic soil. You can use some peat as it prefers acid soils.


Pruning and nipping

Pruning

Structural pruning is done in winter when the leaves have fallen as it is easier to work.

Nipping

New shoots are cut back when they are still soft. You can also let them grow and in winter cut them back to the first of second bud.

Fencing

End of summer and autumn


Curiosities

There are many varieties but the “nana” variety is used extensively in the bonsai world.


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