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Ligustrum Bonsai (Privet): Grows fast, easy to maintain, suitable for beginner

Ligustrum (Privet) bonsai

A privet bonsai is easy to maintain and therefore well suited for beginners. It is a widely used and popular indoor bonsai. The Chinese privet Bonsai (Ligustrum sinensis) is suitable in UK only as indoor bonsai, because the tree is not hardy. In winter a bright, not too warm location is important. Directly on window is best. If the Ligusterbonsai slowly accustomed to the sun a full sun location outdoor is possible in summer.

In the summertime always keep moist. A Chinese privet bonsai needs a lot of water in summer. Repotted the tree in early spring (early March). Due to strong growth a privet bonsai needs sufficient amounts of fertilizer from March to September.

Ligustrum Bonsai - General:

The genus Privet (Ligustrum) contains more than 50 species. A number of Ligustrum species are known as hedge plants. Since Privet trees are fast growing and well tolerated a vigorous pruning, Ligustrum are well-suited for shaping than bonsai. Three species (Ligustrum sinensis - Chinese privet, Ligustrum vulgaris - Common privet, Ligustrum ovalifolium - Oval-leaved privet) are most frequently shaped as bonsai. In bonsai shops the Chinese privet is mostly offered. It is very popular and is imported from China as a bonsai in large numbers. The following information is mainly about the bonsai of the Chinese Ligusters.

The Chinese privet (also small-leaved privet, botanically Ligustrum sinensis) occurs in Asia, above all in China and Vietnam. It grows in mixed forests as a small tree with 3-4m height, but normally not much more. The Chinese privet is often planted as a hedge. In China, its wood (known as white waxwood) is used for arrows because the shoots are very straight, stable but flexible at the same time. In southern North America, the Chinese privet grows on more than 1 million hectares since its introduction due to its vigor growth. In China, the chinese privet is often cultivated as bonsai. In southern China you can see Ligustrum bonsai standing in front of the houses in almost every street. Its uncomplicated care and robustness make it a good tree for bonsai beginners.

Ligustrum Bonsai - Flowers, fruits:

Chinese privet bonsai form terminal inflorescences with many small, white flowers, followed by small, berry-like, black fruits. Privet bonsai with flowers are hardly see. The reason is: When pruning, which should take place with a Ligustrum bonsai about 2-3 times a year, the terminal flowers are usually cut with.

Chinese privet Bonsai - Location, light, temperature:

The Chinese Privet is not hardy. It should not be kept colder than 6°C. If the temperatures are higher it can be set up well outdoors. When temperatures are high in mid-summer, it consumes a lot of water. Then it can be set up in partial shade. Lots of sunlight promotes growth. For bonsai in the apartment is a very bright location right on the window important.

Chinese privet - Watering, fertilizing:

As an indoor bonsai, the Chinese privet does not need much more water than other bonsai. Especially in winter. In the summer, however, especially when it is maintained in the garden, it needs a lot of water, mostly in the morning and early evening. In the growing season, they should fertilize abundantly. If it gets too little fertilizer, the leaves often look yellowish. With good nutrition, the leaves are almost dark green.

Chinese Privet - Pruning, wiring:

This type of privet grows very quickly in summer with good fertilization outdoors. After a vigorous pruning shoots coming out already after 2 weeks and one month later they are again 5-10cm longer. With such a stormy growth, they can and should drastically cut back your Ligustrum bonsai 2-3 times a year. The more and more they are cut, the finer the branches are and the leaves remain nicely small. For styling you can wire a privet bonsai. The best is before the shoots are more woody. Since the shoots become thicker and thicker you should check at 4-week intervals that the wire will not be pushing into the shoots.

Chinese privet bonsai - styles:

Most of the Chinese privet bonsai are imported from Asia. There are usually designed free upright in the Moyogi style. Other styles are possible. For that a finished bonsai (usually free upright) must completely reshaped. Or completely styled from young Ligustrum plants. Without a greenhouse that would take a long time.

Privet Bonsai - Selection of bonsai in a Chinese export nursery

Liguster Bonsai - Prebonsai in a Chinese export nursery

Chinese privet bonsai - 6 weeks after the last cut

Ligustrum Bonsai - 6 weeks after the last cut

Selection of privet bonsai for import

Selection of privet bonsai for import

Small privet bonsai with rocks

Small privet bonsai with rocks

Ligustrum Bonsai - cutting after import (2nd cut in June)

Ligustrum Bonsai - cutting after import

Privet Bonsai after the cut

Privet Bonsai after the cut