Ilex Crenata Bonsai
Ilex Crenata Bonsai is a popular bonsai species which can be purchased from a lot of nurseries. This bonsai species is unique in the Ilex bonsai series due to its white blossom and dark fruits in summer time. Its evergreen leaves also add extra beauty for your room if you cultivate it indoors. It is a good choice for you if you don’t have too much experience or don’t have too much time spent on bonsai cultivation since it needs very little maintenance during its growth.
Ilex Crenata prefer full sunlight areas if you plant it outdoors. The best time to put it outside is in summer time since it cannot tolerate cold days in winter. You should make sure the temperature is above 5 degree to make it grow happily. If you keep it inside your house, remember to put it to a place with adequate sunlight, ideally near the window. If possible, a large humidity tray is a good thing for the plant to provide extra moisture. The plant container should be put in the center of the humidity tray but not submerged into the water. Some stones can be used as a pad for holding the bonsai container. You should ensure the water try is not dried since the water may evaporate quickly. In winter days, you should put you bonsai container to a cool place to help it enter its dormant state. You should regularly check the soil to ensure it is moist. In summer days, you need to apply more water than the cold winter days.
During the growth of the bonsai, you need to change its container at least one year. The best time to do the repotting is in summer when the dormant state is over. You should watch out its roots to avoid doing harm to them. Some high quality potting mix should be used as the medium for the repotting process. You should avoid applying any fertilizers during the first couple of weeks since the newly repotted roots might be burned. Usually you should apply fertilizers to your plant every one or two weeks based on the instructions of specific fertilizers.
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