CHERRY BLOSSOM BONSAI
- Written by Oscar
(In Japanese: 啓応桜, or: Sakura)
In Japan’s Nara period (710–794) a tradition began of watching and appreciating the cherry blossom. The short period in which the cherries bloom has become a national obsession and is a period of great importance to the Japanese. Needless to say, many cherry blossom Bonsai trees are kept in Japan.
A wonderful Cherry Bonsai in full bloom, and a closeup of its flowers.
Two cherry bonsai blossom trees at a show in Japan, late March.
Cherry Bonsai – care and maintenance
Position: The cherry needs plenty of sun and not too much wind. A cool period in winter of at least 3 months is required. Protect it from frost, but it needs to be in a cool spot.
Watering: No specific guidelines; water plenty when needed and make sure the tree never dries out.
Fertilizing: Fertilize in the growth period, once a month with an organic or liquid fertilizer.
Pruning and wiring: The cherry bonsai is a difficult tree to keep in shape. To maintain shape, prune and/or wire it in spring. If you want your tree to blossom, don’t prune it for an entire year.
Repotting:Repot once every 2 to 3 years.
Acquisition: Cherries can be purchased in (online) Bonsai stores or grown from seed.
When does the cherry Bonsai bloom? Depending on your geographical location the cherry trees bloom around march or april.
Cherry blossom Bonsai photos
A few photos of Cherry bonsai trees in blossom, mostly these photos are taken in Japan.
Bonsai tree in full bloom
Cherry blossom Bonsai around April.
Cherry Bonsai tree at the Omiya Bonsai Art Museum.
Photo courtesy by Omiya Bonsai Art Museum (they have a cherry blossom bonsai special in march/april), Tosaen and our own photos.