Weeping Willow Bonsai
Keeping A Weeping Willow Bonsai
The weeping willow bonsai has branches that hang and droop downward. It produces light green leaves that also cascade downward. With this plant, most of the growth is upward and it is known for the ability to grow at a fast rate. He weeping willow bonsai grows so fast that it is recommended that it is replanted twice a year if it is kept in a pot. This helps the root system expand and grow out.
No matter what bonsai technique you are using, the weeping willow bonsai usually works very well. You can root the plant over pebbles or rocks and the plant will settle almost immediately. You can plant it in a garden to enhance the over all look of your yard and you will want to try to keep the plant as healthy as possible. Luckily, this is very easy to do and the weeping willow bonsai is said to be a great starter plant for people interested in working with these types of bonsai trees.
You can purchase a soft wood shoot from your local garden center, to plant in a pot or in your garden area. Plant them in the early spring until mid summer and in the fall you can use the hard wood shells. Use a large pot or prepare a hole in the garden area to place your wood shoot. You will want to add fertilize to the soil before planting the tree.
The weeping willow bonsai needs fertilizer that contains potash, phosphoric acid and nitrogen. You should fertilize these plants often because they grow so rapidly, they will need plenty of vitamins and nutrients to be healthy. Do not assume that your soil is prepared for this tree and add fertilizer before you plant. Mix the fertilizer in the soil and mix before adding the wood shoot.
This plant likes direct warm sunlight but it also likes a mix of shade. If you are keeping it in a pot indoors, you can place it in a window that receives half sunlight and half shading. If you are keeping the plant outdoors in a garden, place the weeping willow bonsai in an area that receives morning sunlight and afternoon shade. The sun is the afternoon is much hotter than the morning sun and the leaves can be scorched or damaged by too much hot direct sunlight.
If you have a potted tree, place it in a container or pot with holes on the bottom for water drainage. The roots for the plant are very delicate and although the plant needs water frequently, the roots cannot sit in water for a long period of time. This will kill the plant. Place a plate under the pot to catch the excess water and empty the plate immediately. If you plan on keeping these plants in the garden, you can start with planting them on a small hill. This way the water will naturally run away from the roots. You should never let the soil get sandy or dry and you should also never let the plant go without water for 2 weeks. Make sure the soil is ways moist.
To keep the shape of the bonsai, you will have to prune your tree. For the first few months the tree will be growing, so you shouldn’t prune it until most of the leaves grow in and the branches are formed. Before pruning the tree, recognize the natural way it is growing and try to enhance that rather than shaping it differently. Use minimal cuts and allow the leaves to droop in a downward position. Be consistent with pruning the tree until you are satisfied with the results.