About The Dwarf Jade Bonsai Tree
Also known as the Elephant Bush, the Dwarf Jade Bonsai Tree has it’s origin in the dry regions of South Africa. The tree is a succulent plant which somewhat explains it’s uncanny ability to store water for a long period time.
The Dwarf Jade Bonsai Tree is a very forgiving plant, well suited for individuals who travel often or who are prone to forget to water their plants. Though it grows to heights of 10 feet tall in its native habitat, it is an ideal plant for beginners.
With it’s thick dark leaves and delicate pink flowers, it’s easy to care for and will bring you joy for many years.
Dwarf Jade Bonsai Tree Care | Temperature And Lighting
In the winter the Dwarf Jade Bonsai Tree can tolerate 50-61 degrees but prefers to be between 61 and 71 degrees. Be careful though, freezing temperatures will destroy the plant. It will do well indoors throughout the year, but will be happiest if it gets to enjoy the outdoors during the summer.
The plant can be kept indoors as long as it’s near a bright window. It does love fresh air so after the last frost of the season it will enjoy being outside in a spot where it will receive full sunlight. This encourages the leaves to remain small and compact. It can tolerate partial sunlight.
Watering And Fertilizing
The Dwarf Jade needs very little water. It only needs to be watered after the soil is quite dry. In the winter, if it is placed in a cool location, it will only need water every four to eight weeks. Cool… this plant can go without water for upwards of four weeks without suffering at all. This makes it really easy to care for if you have a busy schedule.
Dwarf Jade Bonsai Tree Care does not require fertilizing the plant during the winter months because… it only likes to be fertilized in the spring and summer at a rate of every four weeks. A liquid bonsai fertilizer is redilidy available.
Pruning And Common Sense
Shaping a Bonsai Tree is easy making it ideal for beginners. Established branches can be pruned from as early as spring to summer and new shoots can be pruned at you leisure. Near the end of the summer, cut back 1 or 2 pairs of leaves after 4 or 5 leaf pairs have developed.
Remove shoots that grow directly on the trunk. Also, remove branches that develop inside the crown. Keep in mind that the bark is sensitive and branches can break easily. If you choose to wire your plant, be sure to proceed very gently during the mid or late summer months. You can encourage the direction of plant growth by manipulating the location of light as it will reach out for light
Propagation And Repotting
When it comes to the time to make little plants from the big ones, take 2.5 inch to 6 inch cuttings from the host plant and let them dry out for about 2 weeks. Then, plant them in a dry peat moss-sand mix and do not water. Water sparingly only after new root fibers have developed.
Insects And Diseases
Insects such as aphids, spider mites, scale and root aphids are common anoyences to the Dwarf Jade Bonsai Tree. Another common problem are mealy bugs causing root rot. Outdoor plants are especially susceptible to aphids.
These can be attacked with the use of insecticides and fungicides in the form of sprays, soapy rinses or systemic poisons. Spraying your Bonsai once every month or two with a non-toxic insect spray is recommended. Soaps should be rinsed from the plant the next day until it is dry.