If you like the look of tiny flowers on your bonsai, then choose ideal flowering trees to nurture into miniature versions of their species. Here are a few of the best choices for flowering bonsai:
Mt. Fuji Serissa Mt. Fuji Serissa is noted for its brilliant white colorings on the outer edges of its leaves. It also blooms a single white flower in summer.
Proper care: likes lots of warmth and sun so place in an appropriate spot. Wait for the soil to dry before watering and take care to keep away from frost.
Okinawa Holly This tree has tiny pink flowers that bloom during the spring and summer. The leaves are glossy, deep green with serrated edges. It’s unique, hardy and easy to care for.
Proper care: this plant is tough, but it grows best in temperatures between 60 and 85 degrees. Let the soil dry completely between waterings, but take care not to dehydrate as this will stress the plant. For maintenance, spray mist everyday from spring to fall and at least twice daily during the winter months. Fertilize during early spring or mid fall twice a month.
Flowering Quince This tree comes from Asian countries like Japan, China and Korea and has a beautiful display of white and red flowers on bare branches. One of the world’s favorite flowering bonsai, the flowering quince has great adaptability. The leaves have fine, tiny teeth and flowers grow in tight clusters. One of the best features of this plant is that it produces fragrant green and yellow fruits.
Proper care: it may be tough, but if you want the best care, give the flowering quince a lot of sunlight and soil that is well-drained between waterings. Don’t place this plant in a humid environment and use rich, healthy soil. Don’t overwater and cut a few of the older branches yearly to promote bushy growth.
Lavender Star Flower This is an evergreen tree that grows native to Africa and Australia. There are about 400 species of this tree all over the world. The Lavender Star Flower is taller than most flowering bonsai and can reach 10 inches in maturity. Its flower is its best feature, since the color is a beautiful lavender.
Proper care: this tree needs lots of direct sunlight, so try to expose it during the early mornings and keep it near the window where it can soak up more light. Keep the soil moist but not wet. For optimum health, mix one part sand and two parts peat moss. Use slightly acidic fertilizer about thrice a year and sprinkle with iron supplement yearly.