How To Take Care Of Your Arabian Jasmine Bonsai Tree
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About The Arabian Jasmine Bonsai Tree
Arabian Jasmine is a species of jasmine native to South and Southeast Asia, and is the national flower of the Philippines and one of the 3 national flowers of Indonesia.
It's widely cultivated for its attractive and sweetly fragrant flowers, which are used in teas and perfumes around the world.
The flowers bloom all throughout the year, and are produced in clusters of 3 to 12 together at the ends of branches.
The Arabian Jasmine is a tropical plant and will die if frozen. When the overnight low temperatures drop to 45 degrees, it's time to bring your bonsai indoors for the winter.
When the low temperatures are consistently above 45 degrees, feel free to bring your bonsai back outside.
It loves light, and should get plenty of it on a south facing windowsill if possible.
The Arabian Jasmine, 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.
The Arabian Jasmine enjoys humidity in the drier months, and a suitable humidity drip tray will provide plenty.
Since your Arabian Jasmine 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 Arabian Jasmine bonsai tree short, while helping the trunk grow thicker.
Repotting must be performed periodically on your bonsai, Arabian Jasmine 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. Arabian Jasmine, being an evergreen, will need to be repotted around every 4-5 years depending on its environment.
Repotting should be done in mid-summer, when the tree is at it’s least fragile state.
Your Arabian Jasmine 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 Arabian Jasmine should be thoroughly watered.
Diseases, Insects & Other Pests
Your Arabian Jasmine bonsai can be treated for pests like a normal Arabian Jasmine plant. Just remember, your tree is miniature and will need a much smaller and more gentile dose of treatment.