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Existing Bonsai A To Z Entry for Birch (European White)

Birch (European White)

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Birch (European White) - Bonsai Tree Type (Outdoors) Bonsai Care

Hardy deciduous tree with thin peeling white bark and medium sized "inverted teardrop shaped leaves with slightly serrated edges.

Prevalent all over Europe - in mountains in the south and in the lowlands further north.

STYLE : Suitable for most styles except literati but particularly good for group diplays. 

WARNING : Needs light and water.  Never allow soil to dry out

Care Info

LOCATION : Prefers warm, sunny position with lots of light.

REPOT : Every 2-3 years while young, and less frequently when older, in early spring just prior to bud burst.

SOIL : 60% soil, 20% peat, 20% coarse sand. Balance can be adjusted according to local conditions. pH 5.0-6.0.

PRUNE : Early/late winter for main or crossing branches.  Remove suckers which arise from the basis of the trunk promptly.

PINCH : Trim new shoots constantly throughout summer, to one or two leaves.

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

FEED : Start balanced feed one month after bud burst thenevery two weeks during growing period, with a gap in mid summer.  In autumn use a fertilizer high in potassium.

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