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Camellia bonsai

What is camellia bonsai

The camellia bonsai is a flowering bonsai of Asian origin, belonging to the Theaceae family. It is an evergreen plant, characterized by a thick crown, a sturdy trunk with a smooth gray bark and lush, smooth, bright green leaves with a toothed shape. Very particular are the flowers of this bonsai, large and with an attractive aesthetic appearance, which generally appear at the ends of the younger branches and are usually colored white or red. The camellia bonsai is a fairly common plant for various reasons: it is beautiful to look at, especially during the flowering period; it is easy to grow; finally, from its numerous leaves, it is possible to extract tea.


The camellia bonsai suffers from both cold and excessively hot temperatures. During the winter it is good to keep the plant protected from frost, possibly indoors, while in summer it is preferable to place it outdoors, in a shady and cool place. Being an evergreen shrub, the camellia bonsai should be watered regularly throughout the year, with moderate amounts of water, in order to avoid creating problems to the roots. In the presence of high temperatures it is not recommended to proceed with watering, postponing the operation during the evening hours. As with most bonsai, watering must be done gently and in several stages, making sure that the soil has absorbed all the water before pouring more.

Pruning of the camellia bonsai


The pruning of the camellia bonsai is an operation that is essential to give the small shrub the desired shape, obviously respecting the limits of the nature of the plant. Training pruning should be carried out immediately after the flowering period, using special tools such as very sharp shears and scissors and specific creams to speed up the healing of the branches, in order to keep parasites away. During the flowering phase it is recommended to constantly carry out small maintenance interventions, cutting dry or diseased branches and correcting, only if strictly necessary, any irregular growths. Other treatments to be carried out concern the thinning of the buds, both those present on the flowers and those present on the leaves.

Camellia bonsai: Fertilization and repotting of the camellia bonsai


For a regular growth of the plant, it is preferable to fertilize the camellia bonsai on a monthly basis, especially during the vegetative phase, suspending the treatments in excessively dry periods. The fertilizer must be poured on the moistened soil, with the aim of providing the plant with the sustenance that water alone cannot give to the shrub, thanks to the scarce presence of soil that distinguishes all species of bonsai. The repotting of the camellia bonsai should be performed every two years, possibly during late spring, using a compound formed by universal soil, peat and sand. The repotting operation must be accompanied by a resizing of the more developed roots, in order to improve the development of the bonsai. The vase, which in any case must adapt to the beauty of the plant,

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