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Rhododendron indicum - Satsuki Azaleas Bonsai: Variety overviewNext
Evergreen Satsuki Azaleas (Rhododendron indicum varieties) have been bred in Japan for at least 500 years. The first Satsuki azaleas are probably naturally occurring crosses of the two azaleas Rhododendron indicum and Rhododendron tamurae. In general, Satsuki varieties are late flowering (May-June) with 3-10cm large flowers.
There are more than 1000 Satsuki azaleas. Most varieties are compact and slow growing. The variety of flower shapes and especially colours is impressive. The flower colour of the Satsuki Azalea varies from white, yellowish, pink, orange, red to dark purple. Some Satsuki flowers are monochrome. However, stripes, flakes and lines often occur. The complete colour spectrum can occur on a single plant and can vary greatly from year to year. Colour samples have been recorded in catalogues for hundreds of years. Certain azaleas colours achieve very high prices in Japan.
As variable as the flower colours are the names of the Satsuki azaleas (Kinsai, Kinzai, Kin-no-sai, Kin-no-zai are names for only one variety). Here we have compiled an overview of the varieties imported by us as bonsai from Japan. Have fun looking at it.
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Satsuki Azalea bonsai bare: General information
The Satsuki azaleas (Rhododendron indicum) belong to the group of outdoor bonsai and should therefore be kept outdoors. Satsuki azaleas are mainly cultivated as bonsai because of the immense abundance of flowers.
The Japanese term Satsuki is derived from the 5th month in the Asian lunar calendar and refers to the main flowering time. It starts at the end of April and lasts until June. During this time a Satsuki Azalea Bonsai is covered over and over with flowers, so that no leaves or branches are to be seen any more. The flowering period is usually 6 weeks if the flowers are protected from wetness from above (rain, watering can).
There are hundreds of breeding forms (e. g. Eikan, Nikko, Chinzan, Kaho, Osakasuki, Hakurei, Kinsai) that would make an exquisite bonsai collection on their own.
Leaves and flowers of the Satsuki Azalea:
The leaves are about 2.5 to 3cm long, oval with a tip and bristly on both sides. Satsuki azaleas are semi evergreen, an acid soil loving shrubs. Depending on the hibernation temperature, the leaves remain on the tree.
Bonsaischule Wenddorf - Profile
Our Bonsainursery, today located in Wenddorf (Germany), was founded in 1993 as a Bonsai center in Leipzig. The most important goal from the beginning was the cultivation of high quality bonsai raw material.
In Europe, there is little experience with it. Therefore, all techniques had to be developed independently. Most bonsai friends know: A long, arduous journey. Today we have come a good step closer to our goal. 10000 bonsai blanks with very good roots indicate that.
As a specialized bonsai dealer we have been established the bonsai retailers business via Internet since 1999. Today we send many 1000 orders annually. You can also visit us directly in Wenddorf and choose your bonsai from us.
In order to guarantee best prices, we import almost all products directly from the manufacturer. Mostly from China, Japan, Taiwan, Spain.