Like most fruit bonsai, the cherry bonsai prefers bright and sunny areas regardless of the current season: in any case, it is clear that during the winter it is necessary to keep it sheltered from frosts. A plant characterized by white and pink flowers, the cherry bonsai is increasingly conquering the hearts of enthusiasts by virtue of the rather small size of the fruit, especially as regards the species from Japan. In fact, if it is true that fruit bonsai have fruits and flowers with dimensions typical of the species in nature, species such as the lemon bonsai, the apple bonsai, the pear bonsai etc. they are nothing more than miniature plants weighed down by fruits that are excessively large for their size and structure. In short, they are certainly not favorable plants for bonsai art. The same thing cannot be said for the cherry bonsai, which produces fruit more or less in line with the overall size of the plant. How should this species be treated? What are the precautions to follow in terms of watering and fertilization? Speaking of water, watering must be carried out when the soil is not wet or damp: when, in short, the signs of previous irrigation are not visible on the soil. It must be borne in mind, in any case, that the cherry bonsai it is satisfied with very little water: the exact quantity, of course, depends on the climatic zone, the season, the type of soil, the drainage and the size of the pot. This means that common sense and experience represent two fundamental weapons from this point of view.
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If in doubt, however, just know that the cherry bonsai suffers from excess water much more than its deficiency. Throughout the year, in general, watering should be done almost every day in August, and once or twice a month in December. Basically, a lot changes according to the temperatures, remembering however that during the winter season it is absolutely forbidden to water if frosts are expected. In summer, on the other hand, it is better to wet the plant in the evening, so that the soil can retain moisture for a longer period of time.

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cherry bonsaiAs regards the aspect of fertilization, the limited amount of soil that the cherry bonsai pot is able to contain means that it is periodically mandatory to intervene with fertilization: an operation aimed at integrating the nutrients that each plant requires to survive. From March to September it is necessary to dilute in the water that will be used for watering the liquid fertilizer based on potassium and phosphorus, in the doses indicated in the instructions and being careful not to exceed them. However, this procedure must be suspended in the last two weeks of July, in August and during flowering. The fertilization intervention must be carried out when the soil is moist, in order to avoid potential damage to the roots. To ensure optimal fruiting, on the other hand, fertilization must be intensified when the flowering period ends.

cherry bonsaiLike almost all plants, the cherry bonsai also needs periodic pruning, so that it can grow without problems and assuming the desired structure. Pruning, in particular, serves to ensure that the plant has a well-defined crown and skeleton, based on the bearing of the cherry tree. On a practical level, to proceed with the cut it is necessary to use special cutters for bonsai, taking care to sharpen the blades well and disinfect them, to avoid possible infections or attacks by parasites. The cuts made must be clean: after that, it is necessary to apply healing mastic on them. But what are the branches that need to be eliminated or cut? The cherry bonsai is equipped with woody branches and fruiting branches. Training pruning is generally carried out between the end of November and the beginning of December, when the cherry tree has lost all its leaves, or alternatively in the first days of spring, between the end of February and the first weeks of March: at the moment, that is, in which the bonsai is preparing for the new season. During the year, however, nothing prevents rather delicate maintenance interventions, aimed at consolidating the results achieved, and eliminating any impurities such as small broken branches or parts of the plant affected by parasitic diseases. Finally, repotting: even the cherry bonsai needs periodic replacements of the soil and the pot, to be carried out possibly between the end of November and the beginning of December, at the beginning of the vegetative rest: that is to say at the moment in which the plant has no leaves. The help of special scissors will make it possible to thin out the root mass, eliminating the larger roots so as to create a condition of greater comfort for the capillary roots. The new pot must be slightly larger than the old container, while the new soil must be composed of peat, sand and universal soil.

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