Mediterranean bonsai

These are typical Mediterranean trees, they live better outside because they need both the sun and the cold to produce fruit. Most are grown in our fields in Tarragona, the most representatives are: olives, citrus and apple.

Crinodendron

Family

Elaeocarpaceae

Origin

Summer flowering bush endemic to Chile. It grows near watercourses or in locations with enough humidity and semi-shaded.

Crinodendron

Characteristics

Bush with dark colored leaves, lanceolate, and with serrated margins. Its particular hanging flowers stand out, in the shape of bright red lanterns that contrast with the dark foliage.


Place

It needs humid and partially shady areas. We will place the bonsai in outdoor areas, where it is not directly hit by sunlight.


Irrigation

Shrub that needs a lot of humidity, since in its usual state it lives close to river areas. We will water with plenty of water when we observe that the surface of the soil is dry.


Fertilization

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

Transplant

Every 2 or 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.

Substratum

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 nipping

Pruning

Pruning will be done only to give the desired shape.

Nipping

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

Fencing

It is not a bonsai to which the wiring of its branches is practiced much. However, in case of doing so, it is advisable to do it before the sprouting.


Curiosities

Its generic name derives from the Greek and means “tree of beautiful flowers.” Gender that, due to its high content of tannins in its bark, is used to tan skins. Also, for its high quality of wood, it is used for furniture making.


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Crinodendron