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How To Care For Your Powder Puff Calliandra Bonsai Tree

How To Care For Your Powder Puff Calliandra Bonsai Tree

About The Parrot Beak Gmelina Bonsai Tree

The Powder Puff bonsai, derived from the enchanting Calliandra species, is a delightful addition to any bonsai collection, admired for its fluffy, vibrant red or pink blooms that resemble soft powder puffs.

This striking plant originates from tropical and subtropical regions, bringing a lively splash of color and exotic charm to its surroundings. The fern-like foliage gracefully complements the showy flowers, creating a dynamic visual contrast that is both eye-catching and serene.

Ideal for those seeking a bonsai that offers both aesthetic appeal and a forgiving nature, the Powder Puff bonsai thrives with minimal care, making it perfect for both novices and experienced gardeners looking to add a touch of floral drama to their living space.


A powder puff makes a wonderful indoor bonsai over the winter, but it enjoys to be outdoors when the temperature is above 55 degrees.  Make sure it gets few hours of sun (morning sun, with afternoon shade is best.)

Over the winter, place your powder puff bonsai on a windowsill getting a few hours of sunlight per day (south facing is best, north is worst.)


The powder puff calliandra bonsai is tropical plant.  This means it likes water, but no more than most other bonsai. And like all bonsai, it doesn’t like to be fully dried out.  That would kill it!

A few times a week should suffice when it’s indoors with decent humidity, and daily over the summer when outdoors would be fine as well.


When you take your powder puff bonsai tree inside for the winter, using a humidity tray is recommended.


Since your powder puff 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 powder puff bonsai tree short, while helping the trunk grow thicker.


Repotting must be performed periodically on your bonsai, powder puff included, when it’s 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.

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

The powder puff 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’d powder puff should be thoroughly watered.

Diseases, Insects & Other Pests

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



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