Aleppo Pine Bonsai Tree Care
Locations for Aleppo Pine Bonsai Tree
Site in full sun. All bonsai trees benefit from being shielded from strong winds. Aleppo Pines grow throughout the southern Mediterranean, North Africa and the Near East. Due to this, they are not fully frost hardy and winter protection will be required. Greenhouses, conservatories and sunny porches work well. We personally grow them outdoors in summer and move them into a cold greenhouse as the frosts appear.
Indoor Aleppo Pine Bonsai Trees
Aleppo Pines will grow in a conservatory or sunny porch but not in a household setting. Conservatories and porches can get very hot in summer, so do move the tree outdoors when the temperatures rise.
Watering your Aleppo Pine Bonsai Tree
Again, think Mediterranean. Aim to keep the soil evenly moist, like a damp cloth feels. It never wants to completely dry out but it too much water can damage it, especially in winter.
Pruning your Aleppo Pine Bonsai Tree
Aleppo Pines grow two kinds of foliage. The immature foliage is the small needles that you can see. See also the much longer mature needles. As a wild tree, the majority of the needles would be the longer mature needles, with the immature needles at the tips. As a bonsai, we only want the immature needles, as the sense of scale is much better with these. Trim the mature needles back to the same size as the immature ones. Do not cut off all of the immature needles. You can prune them at any time of year.
The needles grow radially all around the shoots – some needles point upwards, some to the side and some straight down. I like to trim off the downward-pointing needles with scissors.
You will see the new shoots at the end of the branches; prune these shoots back to keep the tree in shape. New shoots will grow at the point where you prune. Aleppo Pines back-bud is better than many other species of Pine tree.
Branches are very flexible and can be shaped with wire.
Each needle will not live forever. They will live for a couple of years and then die. Clean out the old needles by pulling them off with your fingers. Try to get right inside the tree and keep this area open to allow light and air in.
Feeding your Aleppo Pine Bonsai Tree
Aleppo pines have no special requirements with regard to fertilising. We tend to use a slow-release fertiliser on them. We apply Naruko three times per year – in April, June and August.
Repotting your Aleppo Pine Bonsai Tree
Repot every couple of years using a general bonsai soil mix. Pines prefer well-draining soil.
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