Small plant native to China and the Himalayas, the genus has about 50 deciduous or evergreen species with an erect or prostrate posture (C. Horizontalis); widely used for hedges and borders due to the compactness of the foliage and the numerous branches, in nature it can reach three meters in height. It has very small, shiny, bright green leaves that turn red in autumn. In spring it produces small white flowers, followed by orange or red berries, similar to tiny apples, gathered in bunches, very decorative. The bark usually dark and smooth, becomes wrinkled in adult plants. Very recommended as a bonsai plant, even for beginners, as it does not present particular difficulties in cultivation, moreover it has the advantage of being easily available, at low prices.
Cotonaster bonsai

Cotonaster bonsaiPruning: it is done in spring, before flowering, eliminating the oldest branches; during the growing season it is advisable to pinch the shoots leaving 1-2 leaves. The wire can be applied at any time of the year, although it is inadvisable to do so during flowering.

Exposure: the cotoneaster particularly likes sunny positions, even in summer. It does not fear the cold. Watering: the soil must be kept constantly humid, supplying water frequently and avoiding water stagnation; in summer the cotoneaster also bears short periods of drought (one or two days). Every 10-15 days add bonsai fertilizer to the watering water, from March to October.

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Land: it has no particular soil requirements, any land for bonsai is fine; If desired, the soil can be prepared by mixing one part of peat, two parts of sand and three parts of clay.

It is repotted every 2-3 years, possibly in spring, by pruning the roots a little. Multiplication: by seed in spring, using the fruits of the previous year left to wither during the winter in a container filled with dry sand. Cuttings can be taken in autumn, they must be rooted in a container filled with sand and peat in equal parts, to be kept until spring at mild temperatures.Pests and diseases: sometimes aphids and scale insects ruin the youngest shoots.


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