The Apple bonsai tree, also known as the Pitch Apple or Monkey Apple tree is native to tropical regions in America. It grows into various bonsai styles with dark green leaves and aerial roots, and grows white and pink flowers in the summertime. After the flowers drop off, it grows small, coin-sized miniature apple fruits.
Having your own miniature apple bonsai tree is a fun way to grow tiny little apples right on your desk at work or on your patio at home. Apple bonsais are one of several types of fruit bearing bonsai trees. It makes a great conversation piece or a cute decoration for your home or office.
How Do You Maintain An Apple Bonsai Tree?
The Apple Bonsai needs a sunny area and it can be grown indoors or outdoors. If you grow it outdoors it is resistant to the cold, but you must protect the roots, so it can’t be planted in shallow bonsai type pots or trays. It should be planted into a soil made up of five parts peat, three parts argillaceous rocks, and two parts of granulate clay or sand. It grows best in the USDA growing zones of 11 and 12.
It should be watered every day, especially during the fruit bearing stage so the fruit won’t shrivel up. Be careful of it getting vine mildew, however. While it is in the fruit bearing stage you shouldn’t fertilize it or the fruit won’t grow well. The fruit, abet small, is edible just like a larger apple tree and if you take care of it correctly, it should grow for several years and produce fruit.
The apple bonsai tree needs a general purpose type of fertilizer. You can also fertilize it with a dilute form of manure tea once a week in the spring and fall, except while the fruit it growing. Maintaining your apple bonsai tree will ensure that you get the beautiful, fragrant and stylish creation that you desire.
Proper Care For Apple Bonsai Trees Means Patience
If you desire your apple bonsai tree to grow properly and produce delicious little apples, you do need to have a great deal of patience. They are grown and molded just like growing any other kinds of bonsai trees, which means you can train it to grow into different shapes and directions. You can even twist the trunk and make it look like a wild grown apple tree if you like that style, or grow it upwards, sideways or other directions.
It is, however, considered to be a very sturdy type of bonsai tree as long as you take care of its roots in cold weather and keep it properly pruned and maintained. It is a very impressive and fascinating little tree to own. You can even scratch your name into one of the leaves of an apple bonsai and the impression will stay there!
Where To Buy Apple Bonsai Trees
It’s not hard to find a place to buy an apple bonsai tree. You can usually find it in either a mail in catalogue or online at several Internet sites. If you get your apple bonsai tree in the mail, it is sometimes shipped with bare roots, so please be aware of this fact.
If it comes this way, it must be planted within 24 to 48 hours of getting it. When it arrives, you need to take any paper off the roots, and then soak the roots in warm water overnight. Be sure you order your tree from a company that gives a 100 percent guarantee that it is healthy and ready for planting.
Occasionally, depending on where you live, you may be able to find an apple bonsai tree for sale at a plant nursery or garden center. Be sure you look it over and make sure it is healthy, not cracked or broken, or dried up. When you take it home, you may need to prune off any problem limbs or roots before you plant it.
Be sure you plant it in the right kind of pot. As mentioned before, it needs to be a deep pot so as to protect the roots. Be sure the pot you choose is made of something like a rot resistant wood or some sort of non-porous material. If you choose a clay pot, it is very porous and can attract bacteria or fungi to your apple bonsai tree. The pot should be no smaller than 15 gallons in size.
You may also be able to grow an apple bonsai tree from seed, but it is a much harder venture and it is most likely better to just buy one that is already at least a few inches or a foot or so in size so it has a better chance to grow and thrive.
Protecting Your Apple Bonsai Tree
Once it starts to grow, you need to protect your apple bonsai tree from any possible diseases or pests like web worm, mites, aphids, tent caterpillar, blight, or a scab infection. Most of the time you can keep these dangers away from your tree by either taking the bugs or other pests off by hand or if you prefer, you can treat the tree with insecticides.
You can use either a systemic insecticide that you pore next to the roots and the tree takes it in through its roots, or you can spray the tree so that if the bugs or pests try to chew on it they ingest the poison and die. You can use green or natural bug killers so as not to endanger other animals or plants if desired.
The bottom line is that an apple bonsai tree is a very popular, miniature version of a regular apple tree complete to the tiny little apples that grow on it. If you are looking for a cute, decorative bonsai tree that can become a showplace piece in your home, then look no further than choosing an apple bonsai tree.