Most of us know that these trees have a tiny stature but not many are aware that these mini Bonsai fruits trees can bear full-sized fruits just like the ones that are naturally grown.
The Japanese always have some intriguing techniques but they are usually impressive. One such technique that many are familiar with is the concept of Bonsai or miniature-sized trees. The art form, which has been around for over a thousand years, was derived from an ancient Chinese horticultural practice, part of which was then redeveloped under the influence of Japanese Zen Buddhism. Most of us know that these trees have a tiny stature but not many are aware that these mini Bonsai fruits trees bear can full-sized fruits just like the ones that are naturally grown. This is because the potted trees originate from the same seeds as their natural counterpart and thus are genetically identical to the ones that are grown in orchards.
It may seem a little unbelievable but Bonsai fruit trees produce fruits, the size of which often reaches the ones that are found in grocery stores, and the best part- they are edible. This means these mini-trees can flaunt full-sized lemons, apples, and quinces on its branches, which is a delightful juxtaposition of its size. To achieve this little size it requires skill, and proper care which includes years of pruning, feeding, and wiring by a gardener before the trees begin to take the desired shape. From periodically trimming its roots to watering the plants up to a specific quantity, they require a lot of dedication and discipline.
Believe it or not, bonsai trees—yes, the delicate miniature shrubs that have been grown in Asia for centuries—can actually yield fruit. And, normal size fruit, actually https://t.co/QqpmgavCq1 [more: https://t.co/nTKivRlVOh] pic.twitter.com/oxJdW5A344— Massimo (@Rainmaker1973) November 25, 2019
Although Bonsai produces fruit, the quantity harvested is pretty limited but that's not the purpose of these trees. The cultivation encourages contemplation and requires one to be patient as it needs to be continually shaped and wired to hold the shape. If one is able to dedicate time and care every day, these trees can live up to hundreds of years and the oldest known Bonsai is said to be over a 1000-years-old. Each Bonsai needs a different set of care strategy and thus you should first learn about the various types before planning on making a purchase. Also, make sure to take a look at the care it requires as it could be very intensive.
So if you decide to have a fruit tree as a Bonsai then first choose the perfect container which is spacious enough to hold the roots and sufficient nutrients in the soil to help it grow properly. Use a measuring tape to calculate the diameter of the trunk level with the soil as that is how deep your container should be. It should be as at least one-third as wide as the length of the tree. Make sure that the pot has sufficient drainage holes and is made up of untreated wood. According to gardeningknowhow, the soil should have a mixture of potting soil and peat compost in 1:1 ratio. Sand, garden clay, and pieces of bark should be alternatively used and blended well.
One-third of its root ball needs to be removed before the tree is potted. Prune the damaged branches and tuck the remaining roots into the soil, add more soil. You would need to water the tree twice a day and make sure that it gets enough sunlight and not so much that it ends up burning the leavings. Crabapple fruit trees make really good bonsai, particularly cultivars 'Calloway’ and ‘Harvest Gold,’ with snowy blooms during the springtime and during autumn its leaves urn gold. But if you wish to grow a tiny cherry tree, go for 'Bright n Tight' cultivar. It's a fragrant evergreen cherry tree that offers fragrant flowers in the spring that transforms into black cherries. If you fancy citrus fruit trees, Meyer lemon trees or calamondin orange trees are the way to go. While calamondin offers sweet-smelling blossoms and fruits all year, Meyer lemon trees produce full-size lemons.