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Birch - Dwarf/Arctic  (Betula Nana)

 Birch - Dwarf/Arctic (Betula Nana) - (Tree Type (Outdoors))

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bonsai_birch_arctic_01.jpg image Birch - DWARF/ARCTIC (BETULA NANA) -

HARDY DECIDUOUS TREE shiny, copper coloured trunk and small "inverted teardrop SHAPEd LEAVES with slightly serrated edges. It is in flower in May, and the seeds ripen in July.

STYLE : Suitable for most styles except literati but particularly good for tray landscape (SAIKEI) styles. 

WARNING : None recorded.

Care Info


LOCATION : Flourishes in warm, dry positions and stands up well to cold.  Likes sun and needs a lot of light.

REPOT : Every 2 years while young, and less frequently when older, in early spring just prior to bud burst. SOIL : Ideally Akadama or 40:60 GRIT:organic.

PRUNE : Late winter for main or CROSSing branches.

PINCH : Trim new SHOOTS constantly throughout summer, to one or two LEAVES.

SOIL : Recommended : free draining soil such as Akadama. In nature it grows in most types of soil from light (sandy) and medium (LOAMy) to heavy (clay) soils, although it generally prefers well-drained soil. pH 5.0-6.0.

WATER : DAIly throughout growing season but infrequently during winter months.

FEED : Start BALANCED FEED one month after bud burst thenevery two weeks during spring/summer.

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