How To Care For Your Brush Cherry Bonsai Tree

How To Care For Your Brush Cherry Bonsai Tree

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About The Brush Cherry Bonsai Tree

Brush Cherries are a hearty tree, which makes them well suited for bonsai. Also called the Australian Brush Cherry, it has small, firm and glossy evergreen leaves with delicate white flowers that will turn into beautiful berries.

If it receives enough light, the leaves will develop a red highlight.

This is a tree that can survive, and thrive, indoors as a houseplant all year long -- if adequate lighting is provided.

Placement

The Brush Cherry can live indoors all year if there is enough light, but would prefer to be outdoors as long as the temperature remains above 45 degrees.  It loves light, and should get plenty of it on a south (or east, or west) facing windowsill while indoors.

Watering

The Brush Cherry, like most bonsai trees, will die if it dries out.  It enjoys plenty of water in well draining soil. Never let it dry out completely.

Humidity

The Brush Cherry loves humidity in the drier months, and a suitable humidity drip tray will provide plenty.

Fertilizing

Since your Brush Cherry bonsai is in a small pot, and not the ground, it needs nutrients.  A slow release (pellet based) fertilizer is perfect for this, and can be added sparingly every 1-2 months during the growing season.

Pruning & Trimming

Trim back the new growth to the farthest safe point that looks good to you — but never remove all of the new growth.

A regular trim will help keep your Brush Cherry bonsai tree short, while helping the trunk grow thicker.

Repotting

Repotting must be performed periodically on your bonsai, Brush Cherry included, when its root system has filled the pot.  If you can clearly see the roots coming out of the bottom of the pot, it’s time to repot your bonsai.

Generally, this means every 2-3 years for a deciduous tree and every 4-5 years for an evergreen.  Brush Cherry, being tropical, will need to be repotted around every 2-4 years depending on its environment.

Repotting should be done in mid-summer, when the tree is at it’s least fragile state.

Your Brush Cherry bonsai, along with all of its soil, should be removed from the pot.  From there, you can trim away no more than 1/3rd of the root mass (1/4th is preferred.) 

Then you can repot the tree in the same pot, or give it a newer / bigger pot to thrive in.

After repotting, your bonsai Brush Cherry should be thoroughly watered.

Diseases, Insects & Other Pests

Your Brush Cherry bonsai can be treated for pests like a normal Brush Cherry tree.  Just remember, your tree is miniature and will need a much smaller and more gentile dose of treatment.

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