Bonsai trees

The Boxwood bonsai



Latin name


Buxus microphylla var. sinica

Common name


Boxwood, Littleleaf boxwood, Small-leaved boxwood

Description


The Buxus genus includes little trees and bushes with little evergreen leafs. You can find male and female flowers on them. This tree flowers during April. Although some bonsai hobbyists frown upon this bush, they can look really beautiful if trained and pruned correctly, it is often bad training that results in poorer results rather than the quality of the bush. They are very hardy and can withstand hard pruning, the trunks can be trained and wired into excellent styles so they are also ideal for new practitioners to bonsai.

Type


indoor

Maintenance


Light: It is recommended to keep it at bright and shiny places. During summer, it is very good to put them outside.

Temperature and exposure


During winter keep within temperatures varying between 10°C and 15°C.

Pruning and forming


The cutting method is the best for forming this bonsai tree. Start with cutting after two years of growing. Because Buxus has soft crust, don't use wire for forming purposes. They are very slow growers and as such pruning is easy to keep under control.

Soil and replanting


Planting a tree into the bonsai pot should be done when it reaches three years of age; You should consider replanting each three or five years. Use soil which consists of three parts of argillaceous rock, 5 parts of peat, and 2 parts of sand or granulate clay.

Watering and fertilization


Must be watered often throughout the Summer season. Water it occasionally when it comes to the Winter period. Fertilize every week starting in Spring and ending at the end of August. Start fertilizing once new shoots develop. They can withstand small amounts of being under-watered but this practice is not advised and a regular watering regime should be adhered to.

Reproduction


Yearly by seeds, by division and by cuttings.

Styles


The Informal Upright style, The Bevelled style, The Half-Cascade style, The Tree on a Rock style, The Tree in a Rock style, The Double-Base style, The Forest style, The Saikei are suitable for this bonsai. Can grow in various sizes.

Pictures


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