Indoor bonsai

The so-called indoor trees are mostly trees from tropical origins, that do not support low temperatures. We must place them indoors, always close to a source of natural light.

Cudrania

Family

Moraceae

Origin

Tree from East Asia, from China to Nepal, and naturalized in Japan many years ago.

Cudrania

Characteristics

Tree that is widely distributed in lowlands, forests or dense bushes at altitudes between 500 and 2000 meters above sea level. It can eventually grow to an approximate height of 7 meters, but it is often found as a shrub or small tree. Its pulpy fruits of orange color when they are ripe are really eye-catching.


Location

Bonsai that should be placed indoors or in semi-shade places, since it does not tolerate strong sunlight exposure.


Watering

Shrub that needs a lot of humidity, since in its usual state it lives close to river areas in dense bushes. We will water with plenty of water when we observe that the surface of the soil is dry.
Avoid waterlogging and keep the irrigation area well drained.


Fertilization

From spring to mid-autumn with organic fertilizer or liquid NUTRIBONSAI from MISTRAL, applied every two weeks through irrigation water.

Re-potting

Every 2 to 3 years, in early spring, just a bit before the beginning of the annual budding.
After transplanting it is convenient to water with a solution of VITABONSAI from Mistral Bonsai, to accelerate the recovery of the tree.

Substrate

A mixture of 6 parts of Akadama, with 4 parts of volcanic gravel can be used; otherwise Mistral Bonsai TERRABONSAI can also be used.


Pruning and pinching

Pruning

Pruning will be done only to give the desired shape.

Pinching

Throughout the growing season we can perform light pinching to get a denser cup.

Wiring

We practice wiring, to distribute the branches, in early spring and before the sprouting of the stems, in order not to damage the new shoots.


Curiosities

Being of Moraceae genus, in China, its leaves serve as a food copy for silkworms when mulberry leaves are scarce.
Its fleshy and juicy fruits, very similar to those of the mulberry trees, are really appealing.


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Cudrania