For most bonsai lover, orange bonsai tree is a common choice. Well, the orange bonsai tree is very suitable for bonsai art practice. The common variety of orange that trained as bonsai is Calamondin Orange which is native to China.
The plant has evergreen leaves, the fan-shape on the leaf stalks, and fragrant white flower. As a fruit bonsai, the flower and the fruit of Calamondin orange appear almost at the same time. The very first orange will appear green then turn into bright orange.
Among other fruit bonsai, the orange bonsai tree require a relatively easy care and of course produce edible fruit. To grow the orange bonsai tree, you can self-seeding from the orange or buy the grown tree.
If you want to grow the plant by yourself, you can take the orange seed from the finest Calamondin orange variety.
Then, squeeze the seeds out and rinse it thoroughly under running water to remove the orange pulp.
Before plant the seeds, make sure that the soil consists of a mixture between sand and peat moss.
Do not forget to adjust the soil moisture by watering the soil. Then plant the seed in the soil and watch it grows. You can also fertilize for advance the growth.
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Orange bonsai tree Care
The orange bonsai tree is considered as one of the easy bonsai to take care of. So, if you are planning to have one and do not actually need much time for caring; this bonsai should be suitable for you. Here are some basic guides for orange bonsai tree care for your reference.
The orange bonsai tree require different placement for summer and winter. During summer the sunniest and brightest places of your house. It definitely loves the sun and hot weather and it makes them grow healthy. When the night temperature drops, you should bring the bonsai inside and place it in somewhere warm corner of your house.
During winter, it is best to keep the bonsai inside and place it in place where sunlight can pass through such as window sill. During this season, the orange bonsai tree require at least six hours of sunlight a day. If you can provide more, it is better.
This bonsai requires frequent watering especially when the soils become dry. To maintain the soil moisture, you can use the moisture meter. The orange bonsai tree does not require special watering methods; it just needs sufficient amount of water.
Every bonsai requires fertilizing to keep them in healthy state since the pot it lives has limited nutrition supply. Fertilizing the orange bonsai tree should be done at least one a month except during winter. You can use any general fertilizer and use it for half of the recommended standard.
4. Trimming and pinching
Any kinds of bonsai needs trimming and pinching to maintain the beautiful shape. You can remove the new growth in farthest point but remember not to remove all the new growth since it can affect the tree’s regeneration.
With proper care, the orange bonsai tree can grow for years and bears edible fruit just as you expected.