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Hornbeam Bonsai Tree Care Sheet

Hardy/Easy to train and keep/Deciduous

 

 

Introduction.


There are three species of Hornbeam, the common Hornbeam, the Japanese Hornbeam and the Korean Hornbeam, all of which make excellent Bonsai trees.  This is a general guide for all three species, you shouldn't go wrong with this guide but if you require any additional information then you could refer to a good book for some extra hints and tips.

Where To Keep Them/Watering.


The common Horbeam is a hardy plant as are the other two Hornbeam species, however the common Hornbeam is the only one from this group that doesn't require any winter protection or special treatment, the Japanese and Korean Hornbeam will appreciate being placed in an unheated greenhouse or shed over the winter. Mature Hornbeams do best in full sun, however younger plants will bennafit from some shade in mid summer.  Make sure the compost is moist (not wet) at all times, to achieve this you will need to water at least once a day in summer, more than once a day if it is very hot and just make sure that the compost is moist during the rest of the year and don't let it dry out. 

Repotting/Wiring/Feeding/And Pruning. 


Repot your tree every 3-4 years, but only if the roots are compacted or pot bound.  The best time to do this is in early spring.  Hornbeams aren't fussy about the compost they grow in but the best soil to use is Akadama clay mixed with general purpose Bonsai compost.  Wiring is best done through spring and summer, leave them on for up to a year on young branches and 2-3 years on older thicker branches, make sure they don't start to bite in to the bark.  Feed Hornbeams sparingly once a month during the growing season with a weak general fertilizer, if you over feed Hornbeams the branches can thicken and the leaves will become larger and coarse. 

You shouldn't go to far wrong with this advice however the number one piece of advice I could give you is to buy your self a good book about Bonsai trees, this will give you a broader understanding of the art of Bonsai, I say this from experience as it helped me a lot when I first started in the wonderful world of Bonsai.


I hope this care sheet has been of interest and helpful to you, if so you might want to read the other care sheets on this site.

                                                                                                                                            

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                                                                                                                                                    

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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