About Hawaiian Umbrella Bonsai Tree Care
Native to subtropical regions, the Hawaiian Umbrella Bonsai Tree is a robust plant often cultivated for of it’s rock like roots. The Hawaiian Umbrella Tree comes in a dwarf version that makes a beautiful bonsai.
In fact, this particular Bonsai Tree is probably one of the easiest trees to grow and maintain making it perfect for beginners.
Shinny green leaves are delicately divided and produce beautiful orange to red to berries. The leaves are miniature and shaped like umbrellas which together form a beautiful green and dense cover.
Temperature And Lighting
The Hawaiian Umbrella Tree is a subtropical plant and that means that it requires temperatures between 64 and 71 degrees. Because this plant craves warmth, it’s not a problem for it to be placed near a heat source and should never be subjected to tempetures below 59 degrees.
As long as the weather is above 59 degree, it will enjoy outside vacations in the full sun as long as you are gradual about introducing it to the outdoors to prevent leaf burn. Once temperatures go down in the autumn, be sure to bring it back indoors to keep it warm
Keeping Your Hawaiian Umbrella Bonsai Tree Watered
Watering this tree shouldn’t be done as often as you may think. Without letting the soil dry, maintain healthy root growth while developing short spaces of watering watching the small leaves.
When you do water, allow enough water so it actually runs out of the container’s drain holes preventing salt build up. A humidity tray is a great way to increase humidity which will encourage air roots. These shallow trays are filled with small stones and have water in the bottom of the tray.
Make sure the water does not reach the bottom of the Bonsai pot to prevent root rot. As the water evaporates, it creates an appropriate level of humidity mimicking its natural environment.
Pruning And Common Sense
When new shoots have reached their desired length, remove their tips. Also, remove large leaves but leave the stalks… they will fall of themselves. Older trees will develop ‘air roots’ which lends to their exotic appearance. Wiring is possible while shoots are still somewhat green but care must be taken to not injure the bark. Most often, Hawaiian Umbrella Bonsai Trees can be bread to grow as multiple trunk plants.
These Bonsai Trees are most often beautifully showcased by styling in the dramatic air-root and the stunning root-over-rock style which became popular in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. A rock cling is designed similarly to an exposed root, but requires a rock foundation for the roots to wrap around and under. A rock cling bonsai in a shallow pot is a perfect symbol of yin and yang depicting the eternal quality of the universe.
Propagation And Repotting
It’s probably a good idea to transfer your Money Tree to a larger pot every two to three years during the spring season or if you notice that your plant seems overly thirsty. Be sure to prune the roots gently and provide a quality soil cut with river sand to ensure proper drainage. When you are ready to re-pot be sure to check out our amazing selection of beautiful bonsai pots..
Insects And Diseases
It’s important to keep the leaves free from dust and inspect for pests and fungus regularly. Unfortunately, the Hawaiian Umbrella Bonsai Tree is prone to both disease and insects. Therefore, you should inspect your tree several times a week to look for problems.
Never let your plant sit in pooled water. It will help keep it free from rot and fungus. Most cases indicate that a good spray of the trunk is all you need to keep the tree clean and healthy. Yellow leaves, sticky leaves, off color leaves and/or spider webs indicate insect problems. Most types of insect infestations can be controlled with a harmless solution of 1 tsp dish soap to 1 quart lukewarm water. Spray the entire plant down with the mixture… repeat as needed.