Bonsai trees

The Apple Bonsai

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The Apple trees create beautiful bushes and trees, and are very popular thanks to their blooms and nice colorful Autumn fruit. They are more commonly known as the crabapple bonsai and usually two main species are used for this hobby, namely Malus sylvestris and Malus cerasifera.




Light: Keep at sunny places, they are tolerant of high sunshine unlike most of the other trees used for bonsai and they are also hardy against low temperatures which makes them a good choice for novice bonsai hobbyists.

Temperature and exposure

Resists very cold winter, but roots must be protected. Shallow bonsai pots don't offer enough protection to roots at all. A mulch placed onto the roots should be enough to protect them for for security it may be wise to wrap the pot as well.

Pruning and forming

Cut new sprouts and divide them into one or two. Twigs should be cut when Autumn comes, remove inward growing twigs to allow a good air flow through the tree.

Soil and replanting

Replant the Apple bonsai every year early during Spring before you notice the first sprouts. 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

Water this bonsai daily during the growing season. When it gives fruit, the tree requires a lot of water otherwise the fruit can become shrunken and start to drop early. The plant is vulnerable to vine mildew. Fertilize weekly until it starts blooming. Once the tree gives fruit, don't fertilize. Moreover, fertilization shouldn't be done until fruit have finished their growth. Otherwise the leaves and limbs could grow at the expense of fruit.


By grafting and by seeds in Autumn. Immerge during Summer and Spring.


The Informal Upright style, The Bevelled style, The Half-Cascade style, The Double-Base style, The Forest style. Is suitable for all bonsai sizes.


Apple bonsai

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