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Existing Bonsai A To Z Entry for Myrtle - Common (myrtus communis/appiculata)

Myrtle - Common (myrtus communis/appiculata)

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Bonsai Care

Tender, evergreen shrub with glossy, mid to dark green leaves. Bears small white, fragrant, summer blossoms. The "communis" bears black fruits. The "appiculata" is distinguished by peeling, cinnamon-coloured bark showing cream beneath and may also bear red fruits as well as black.

STYLE : suited to informal upright, slanting, semi-cascade, twin-trunk, clump and multiple-trunk styles.

WARNING : Use ericaceous soild and fertlizer together with "soft" (lime-free) water.


Care Info

REPOT : Every 2 years in early spring.

SOIL : Free draining soil : 40:60 grit:organic.

PRUNE : Can be done anytime but best done in winter to avoid profusion of many new, unwanted shoots.

WATER : Maintain evenly moist throughout the year but never saturated. Bare minimum in winter. Lime free (rainwater) recommended. Benefits from regular misting.

FEED : Half strength, balanced fertilizer during growing season. None in winter.

WARNING : Use ericaceous soild and fertlizer together with "soft" (lime-free) water.

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