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Sageretia (Bird plum cherry) Bonsai Tree Care Sheet

Tender/Easy to keep/Semi-evergreen/Good Bonsai tree for beginners

Introduction.


This Bonsai care guide describes how to look after a Sageretia Bonsai tree, also known as Sageretia Theezanzs and Bird Plum Cherry.  This species is native to Asia and warmer parts of America and is extensively grown as Bonsai in China.  Sageretias are very popular with Bonsai hobbyists due to their upright habit, small glossy leaves, tiny flowers and small blue berries in summer, also the grayish bark peels away in irregular patches to reveal lighter bark underneath which is very attractive. Sageretias make very good indoor Bonsai trees and can be recommended for newcomers to the hobby.

Where To Keep Them/Watering.


Sageretias can survive temperatures just below freezing however it is recommended you keep your Sageretia Bonsai tree in temperatures above 10c, as they are classed as a tender species and should be kept as indoor Bonsai trees, although they will benefit from being placed outdoors in summer from May until September (in the UK) in a semi shaded position, as full sun can scorch the leaves, then bring your Bonsai tree back indoors from mid September to early October.  To grow your Sageretia Bonsai tree indoors you should place your Bonsai tree on a bright draught free window sill that receives good light but try to avoid direct sunlight as this can scorch the leaves, also make sure the window you choose is away from any sources of heat.  A humidity tray is also strongly recommended, especially for a Sageretia Bonsai tree as they have thinner leaves then a lot of other indoor Bonsai trees and tend to loose more moisture through them in a less humid position.  The tray should be a few inches larger in width and length than the Bonsai pot, and the Bonsai pot should not come in to direct contact with the water in the tray, the feet of the Bonsai pot should be placed on some small stones to raise the pot above the waters surface, or you could place fine gravel up to the rim of the tray and place the Bonsai pot on top of the gravel.  Make sure the humidity tray has the water topped up at all times and as the water evaporates it will rise up through the leaves of your Bonsai tree and help to keep the local area more humid, Sageretia Bonsai also enjoy having there foliage misted every now and then to help keep the humidity up.  It is also recommended that your Sageretia Bonsai tree is allowed to cool off in the evening, to achieve this, try to place your Bonsai tree in an unheated room in your home.  Sageretias should be kept moist at all times and need more frequent watering in summer, never over water your Bonsai though, keep the Bonsai soil just moist and let the surface of the soil dry slightly in between watering.     

Repotting/Wiring/Feeding/And Pruning.


You will need to re-pot your Sageretia Bonsai tree every 2-3 years.  The best time to do this is in mid to late spring, however as an indoor Bonsai you could re-pot at any time of year.  If your Bonsai tree has a good root system you should be able to gently lift it out of the pot in spring (you may need to snip the Wire underneath the pot if the Bonsai tree is wired in) and take a look at the roots to see if they are pot bound, if so you should repot your Bonsai tree, if the roots seem ok then leave re-potting till the following year. Akadama and or Moler Bonsai soil mixed with fine potting bark would be a good choice to repot your Sageretia Bonsai, you could also add some pumice granules to aid drainage, pumice will also hold a certain amount of moisture for your Bonsai tree.  It is important not to fertilize your Bonsai tree for around four weeks after re-potting as doing so can burn the new roots that your Bonsai tree will be developing, after this period carry on fertilizing as usual.  You should fertilize your Bonsai tree from spring onwards when your Bonsai is in active growth with a balanced fertilizer such as Chempak, you will usually fertilize your Bonsai tree once a week but feeding guidelines will differ from brand to brand so it is best to refer to the instructions on the particular brand you decide to use.  Wiring on Sageretia Bonsai trees can be done at any time of year, don't leave them on for more than a year though and keep an eye on them to make sure they don't start to cut in to your Bonsai trees bark.  Trim the fast growing new shoots back to shape on a regular basis during the growing season to keep your Bonsai tree looking good.


 The best way to ensure you keep your Bonsai tree healthy is to do as much research as possible(Internet and or books) on the particular species you own and also Bonsai in general as this will give you a broader understanding of the subject and will give you a far better chance of success with your Bonsai tree.


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.  It is up to you to use the information given here responsibly and Bargain Bonsai holds no responsibility as to how you use it.

                                                                                                                                            

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                                                                                                                                                    

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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