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Zanthoxylum indoor bonsai: Aromatic fragrance, glossy foliage, suitable for beginner

Zanthoxylum bonsai

The Zanthoxylum bonsai (Chinese pepper tree) is an indoor bonsai. The plant attracts attention with its pleasant, sweet-peppery smell and its shiny green pinnate leaves. What is unusual about a pepper tree bonsai is its yellow wood and yellow roots. The botanical name (Zanthoxylum = yellow wood) indicates this.

A Zanthoxylum bonsai can be kept outdoors in summer. In winter, a cool, very bright window seat is an advantage. The pepper tree easily withstands temperatures up to 5°C. As bonsai, the Zanthoxylum tree is easy to care for and suitable for a bonsai beginner. If you are looking for a simple but unusual indoor bonsai the pepper tree is recommended.

Zanthoxylum bonsai - General:

The pepper tree (also known as Japanese pepper, Anise pepper, Chinese pepper, Mountain pepper, botanically also Operculicarya decaryi, Xanthoxylum piperitum) originally comes from the Himalayas and is now found in China (Sichuan province) but also in Korea and Japan. The pepper tree is not too big with 2-3m.

Teared off the young leaves smell very fragrant and are used as a kitchen spice. The pepper tree is not, as the name suggests, related to the pepper, but with the citrus.

Pepper tree bonsai - flowers, fruits:

The groups of small, yellowish-white flowers form at the Zanthoxylum bonsai early in the year. A pepper tree bonsai belongs to the dioecious plants, ie. male and female flowers occur on different plants. If you want fruits on your Zanthoxylum bonsai you need at least 1 female and 1 male specimen.

Pepper Tree Bonsai - Location, Light:

After importation in early spring, the Zanthoxylum bonsai are more or less bare. If we then put them in the greenhouse, where it is very bright and warm, it changes very fast. Under such conditions pepper tree bonsai wake up very quickly and form a dense crown in a few months. Held indoor, especially in winter, it should be as bright as possible. He can also be held outdoors from May, when the frosts are over. It should be noted that a healthy Zanthoxylum bonsai can withstand even light frosts. He then throws off the leaves and sprouts out the leaves at appropriate temperatures again.

Pepper tree bonsai - pouring:

Like most indoor bonsai, the pepper tree should not be kept too wet or too dry. If the surface of the soil is slightly dry, they can be watered again. This may be twice a day in the summer, in the winter in the apartment is often enough 1-2 pouring a week. If the bonsai soil is not well drained of water and air then the bonsai pepper tree should be repotted in a coarser substrate the next time it is repotted.

Zanthoxylum bonsai - Fertilization:

The pepper tree is mainly fed during the growing season from March to September. Fertilize abundantly with the usual Bonsai fertilizers such as Biogold or Hanagokoro. When using liquid Bonsai fertilizers give in the growing season twice the amount stated on the bottle. Most liquid bonsai fertilizers do not contain too much fertilizer. We give in the bonsai school significantly more fertilizer than in the liquid fertilizers is included and have made good experiences with it.

Pepper Tree - Bonsai Style:

The Chinese pepper tree is usually designed in a free upright form (Moyogi). But also the inclined bonsai shape (Shakan) and half cascades are very good.

Pepper tree bonsai - cutting:

With abundant fertilization and lots of light, a pepper tree grows very fast in spring and summer. An increase of 5, sometimes 10cm per month is not uncommon. Under our conditions in the bonsai nursery we cut the pepper tree bonsai about three times a year (early May, late June and often again in mid-August). If the bonsai is still with us after a year, it will be cut back in early spring (end of February). In summary, you can say: 5-10cm Grow and then cut back to the original crown. Then the pepper tree drives bonsai out quickly and forms an increasingly dense crown.

Pepper Tree - Propagation:

A pepper tree bonsai can be propagated by seeds, but also by cuttings. The easiest way is the propagation through root cuttings which may be incurred during repotting. The root cuttings are simply stuck in a well-drained soil and then must be kept warm, light and moist.

Zanthoxylum bonsai - Repot:

Pepper-tree bonsai are repotted in early spring. In doing so, part of the roots can be removed. The substrate should always be a well-drained (not too fine) bonsai soil so that the root cells are well supplied with oxygen.

Pepper tree bonsai - pests, diseases

We have never noticed an Fungus infestation of our Zanthoxylum bonsai. Other diseases are not. In the winter months, aphids sometimes develop on the bonsai. Against this, in case of a mass infestation, you should spray with a commercial agent against aphids. In summer, especially in the open air, aphids are almost never found.

Bonsai pepper tree - stock 3 months after import

Bonsai pepper tree - stock in glasshouse