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Zelkova (Japanese Elm)

 - (Tree Type (Outdoors))
Zelkova (Japanese Elm) - Bonsai Tree Type (Outdoors) Bonsai Care

Strong growing deciduous tree with long erect branches growing from a short straight trunk. In winter the elongated, serrated edged, leaves turn from deep green to crimson/bronze, orange/yellow.

STYLE : Suitable for all styles but especially suited to broom and group styles (especially if trunks are not straight enough for broom).

WARNING : Keep the structure light and airy as congestion of fine twigs can cause dieback - sometimes of whole branch.

Care Info

REPOT : Annually in early spring until 10 years old and then as required.

SOIL : Free draining basaic mix : 40:60 grit:organic.

PRUNE : Remove unwanted branches in early spring.

PINCH : Trim to 2 leaves per shoot during growing season.

WATER : Water daily during growing season - more if hot - sparingly in winter to keep moist.

FEED : Weekly balanced feed during first month after bud burst then every two weeks until late summer.

WARNING : Keep the structure light and airy as congestion of fine twigs can cause dieback - sometimes of whole branch.


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