Indoor bonsai

Indoor says trees are trees coming primarily from tropical climates that do not support low temperatures. We must place them indoors, always close to a source of natural light.

Malvaviscus arboreus

Family

Malvaceae

Origin

American continent

Etymology

The name comes from the family of plants to which it belongs (malva), viscus (viscera) because its sap is a sticky substance, and arboreus due to its adult size, although shrubby.

Malvaviscus arboreus

Characteristics

Evergreen shrub, very branched. Leaves heart-shaped, serrated at the edges and covered with small hairs. Intense red flowers, highlighting the exceptional stamen above the corolla


Place

The bonsai Malvaviscus arboreus can be placed indoors in a very well-lit place, away from sources of air conditioning. If it is located outside, it must be protected from the heat of summer and frost in winter.


Irrigation

the needs of this species are moderate in nature. Water abundantly when the first two centimetres of substrate are dry.


Fertilization

from spring to autumn, with a break in summer. In case of abundant flowering, it is recommended to strengthen the fertilizer with potassium and phosphorus, especially in spring and autumn.

Transplant

every 3 years, at the end of the winter before the new germination

Substratum

Akadama 100% or mixed with volcanic clay (30% clay). It is a tree that likes the organic matter and a slight acidity of the soil, so you can mix the peat blonde to avoid a pH too alkaline.


Pruning and nipping

Pruning

The structural size can be made in winter.

Nipping

We will let the tree out its branches and grow to form about 4 or 6 leaves. We will cut then leaving only the first two or three, from which new shoots will emerge.

Fencing

spring and autumn.


Curiosities

Malvaviscus arboreus is an attractive plant for many species of butterflies. Its medicinal character is appreciated as diuretic, antibacterial and coagulant


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