Hello! I’m Manuela and they gave me an oak about six years old, about 60 cm high, it has an inclined trunk but it doesn’t have a crown but only scattered branches. I was wondering if it is possible to create a bonsai and if you can tell me how I can get started

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oak bonsai Dear Manuela,

oaks are excellent trees to grow as bonsai, as even when young, thanks to the size of the stem, they already tend to look like old plants, and are vigorous and resistant, also withstanding pruning of branches and roots. It is an outdoor bonsai, and therefore it is good to find a place for your outdoor bonsai; in summer it should be partially shaded, while during the cold season it can also receive a few hours of direct sunlight. Your specimen is still young, so you can work it safely, and any errors or program changes can be corrected (more or less) in the years to come. Keep in mind that the leaves of the oak are quite large (it depends on the species of oak you have, the holm oak has quite small leaves, the English oak definitely not) and therefore you may have to carry out the total defoliation of the sapling, to try to make the foliage more minute. Pay attention to the fact that, especially in spring, the leaves of the oak grown in pots tend to get sick with powdery mildew; while in summer they are easy prey for mites and rust. Even the formation of the crown is not the simplest, because even if the branches tend to swell quickly, often the small oaks have a disordered and not very dense branching, and it is quite difficult to use the metal wire, especially on already well lignified branches, even on flexible and young branches, which tend to return to their place even after weeks of bending with the wire. Surely these are plants that tolerate pruning well, even if drastic. So think now, visualize it in your mind, about how you will want your oak to become in the future, and proceed by making the change step by step. For the rest, a small pot (since the plant is still young, you can also consider cultivating it a little longer in a not strictly bonsai pot), a soil of leaves mixed with akadama, watering only when the soil is dry, from March to October , and very bright exposure. Every 3-4 months place a few granules of slow release fertilizer on the ground, without exaggerating.

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