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Bonsai Care For Nothofagus (Tree Type (Outdoors))



Nothofagus

Nothofagus - (Tree Type (Outdoors))

  
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Nothofagus  Bonsai Tree Type (Outdoors) NOTHOFAGUS -

Nothofagus (also generally referred to as SOUTHERN BEECH), is native to South America (Chile & Argentina)and Australasia. In the past, they were classified as beech but they are now included as a separate genus covering 36-40 different SPECIES. Nothos (means false) and Fagus (to which it is related) is the beech genus. The genus includes both deciduous and EVERGREEN species. Common varieties for BONSAI>BONSAI are Procera (Southern Beech)and Obliqua (Roble Beech)but the most common is the Antarctica (Antarctic Beech) the LEAVES of which are small, dark green with wavy or toothed edges and the BARK is dark and slightly "craggy".

STYLE : small leaf size makes them best suited to small/medium size specimens in informal upright, slanting, twin trunk, CLUMP and group styles.

WARNING : Due to their southern origins many of the varieties do not like excessive winter cold. They are light demanding plants and so best placed in an open, sunny position.




Care Info

NOTHOFAGUS -

REPOT : Every 2-3 years in spring, less frequently, as required, for older, larger trees. SOIL : Free draining acidic to NEUTRAL SOIL : 40:60 GRIT:organic.

PRUNE : Late winter/early spring. Prune close to trunk leaving no stubs.

PINCH : Pinch back SHOOTS to one or two LEAVES throughout summer. DEFOLIATION not recommended but removal of odd over-sized leaf is OK.

WATER : Water well in growing season (twice per day as necessary in really hot weather), sparingly in winter.

FEED : Start BALANCED FEED 4 weeks after leaves have emerged until late summer, then nitrogen free until leaves turn yellow.

WARNING : Due to their southern origins many of the varieties do not like excessive winter cold. They are light demanding plants and so best placed in an open, sunny position.



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