My bonsai has lost several leaves, at various times, certainly by mistake. now the branches are sprouting and produce some leaves. at this point I find the leaves at the top of the branch and upstream is empty. is losing its shape. what can I do? thank you very much soon. Albert
Bonsai with few leaves: Answer: Bonsai with leaves only at the apexes
to be able to cultivate a plant like bonsai is essential that it enjoys everything it needs: proper lighting, regular watering, specific fertilizer, annual repottings, pruning of branches and roots. A well-kept bonsai, exposed to the right light and with a climate suitable for its development, grows harmoniously, without any particular problems. In your request you notice a simple deficiency that could also be the reason for the suffering of your bonsai: what plant is it?
Yes, because before you can cultivate a bonsai, it is essential to know what plant you are dealing with, and precisely, so you can understand how to grow it and then remedy any errors. In addition to this, simply trying to understand what bonsai you’re talking about, take a step in the right direction; once you know the name of the species and variety, you’ll find online (and also on paper manuals) a huge amount of information about your plant, first of all, its place of origin.
Once we understand where the sapling we are cultivating comes from, we can also better understand where to place it, whether at home or in the garden, how and how much to water it, its slow or rapid development, to be able to prune it in the most correct way.
Once you have all this information, begin to cultivate your bonsai in the way that suits him; yes because you can cultivate as bonsai an Acer buergerianum, originating in China, suitable for a cool and humid climate, or an olive bonsai, suitable for a Mediterranean climate; there is no general rule on how to cultivate bonsai in absolute.
Clearly, once you know the species and variety of your bonsai, you will have to consider that compared to specimens that grow in nature, your is in a tiny pot, with pruned roots, and you have to grow it “miniaturized”. But before you think about the various techniques to get smaller leaves, or shorter internodes, it is essential that your plant is healthy.
Only in this way will you have a compact and lush vegetation, along the whole branch, and a healthy and vigorous plant, which will better withstand any water stress, or attack by pests. So my advice, to make sure that your bonsai will recover from previous problems, and begins to sprout along the entire branch, is to grow it in the ideal way, without making any more mistakes.
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