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Apricot (Prunus)

Japanese apricots bonsai are one of the few species of bonsai that bloom very early in the year (sometimes as early as the end of January) and smell wonderfully. They are widespread as a bonsai in Japan, but rarely found in Europe.

What are the benefits of Japanese apricot bonsai ?

  • Japanese apricots are impressive flowering bonsai. They bloom very early and abundantly as bonsai.
  • The flowers of Apricot bonsai smells very strong and pleasant and are a delight at the end of winter.
  • This bonsai species quickly forms a dark, cracked bark and a bonsai tree looks often older than it is.
  • The hard wood is well suited for Shari (debarked trunk parts). It is easy to form dramatic bonsai styles.

Apricot bonsai for sale

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Care in a nutshell

Wiring: Branches break easily - be careful when applying bonsai wire and when bending. New shoots quickly gain strength. When the wire begins to press into the bark it is important to unwire the bonsai. A wire cutter for bonsai is very suitable for this. Since the shoots quickly become woody there is usually no need to rewire.

Fertilisation: After flowering from March to August, fertilize abundantly and rich with a common Bonsai fertilizer (like Biogold, Hanagokoro, Liquid bonsai fertilizer).

Irrigation: Pour a Japanese apricot bonsai moderately, but do not let it dry out (especially not just before flowering and in hot midsummer)

Pruning: After flowering, prune a Japanese apricot bonsai with a sharp bonsai scissor. Always leave 2-3 leaf buds on one end of the shoot. Thicker branches (hard wood) must be cut with special bonsai cutter.

Overwintering: Japanese apricots are hardy outdoor bonsai and tolerate deep freezing temperatures in a foil tent.

Repotting: Repot every 2-3 years in early March in a well drained bonsai soil (for example Akadama).

Japanese apricot bonsai - pictures

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