Outdoor bonsai

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

Hamamelis

Family

Hamamelidáceas

Origin

Evergreen shrub from Eastern Canada and Northeastern United States.

Hamamelis

Characteristics

Deciduous shrub or small tree, that can reach 7 meters high. Its leaves are compounds, with oval and dentate leaflets. It produces yellow flowers that grow from the axillary parts of the leaves and that bloom in early autumn and middle of winter. The fruit is a hazelnut-shaped capsule that contains the seeds.


Place

Outdoor plant that needs to be in full sun, or in semi-shade if it is in an area of warm temperatures. It resists temperatures below zero well, but it is sensitive to dry wind.


Irrigation

Shrub that needs a lot of humidity of its substrate, without flooding it. We will water abundantly when we observe that the surface of the soil is dry.
Does not resist drought.


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, if not available, 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 go lightly 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

Traditionally the branches were used by the Indians for the manufacture of arches. Medici-nally, Hamamelis contains tannins and flavonoids that provide astringent, antiseptic, anti-inflammatory and hemostatic properties.


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