Crab Apple Bonsai Trees For Sale

Specimen Flowering Bonsai Tree Crab Apple Malus available to buy from our nursery at All Things Bonsai Sheffield Yorkshire

After what seems like forever, we’re please to have Crab Apple bonsai trees for sale once again. One of the most popular flowering bonsai species, Crab Apples produce a beautiful show of generally white or pink flowering the spring and later in the year, tiny apples.

How to grow Crab Apple Bonsai Trees

Where to locate Crab Apple Bonsai Trees

Crab Apple bonsai trees need to live outside. They enjoy a sunny location, which helps to get the leaves smaller. As with most bonsai, a little shade is wise in hot, sunny, summer weather. In the winter, Crab Apple can survive outdoors, though if you have a greenhouse or cold conservatory, then this will be beneficial.

How To Water Crab Apple Bonsai Trees

As with all bonsai trees, balance in watering is the key. We water daily in hot weather and at other times, we aim to keep the soil moist.

How To Prune Crab Apple Bonsai Trees

Tree will burst into leaf in spring, the flowers also coming early. Flowers into mid spring. The flowers start to fade in late spring. Where each flower was, an apple is likely to form. This can mean that the tree will be full of apples. The apples will start off small in late spring and will grow throughout the summer. The tree will put much of its energy into growing apples, which can overly tax it. It is therefore recommended to thin out the number of apples over the course of the year by cutting them off at the stalk, so that by the end of the year just a few apples are left, which should then be removed entirely by autumn.

The tree will grow new shoots throughout the growing season. When they have grown a little, cut these back to the first couple of new leaves.

Crab apples are a good candidate for partial defoliation. This basically involves the removal of a proportion of the leaves throughout the growing season on an on-going basis. Cut of leaves which are larger than average. Leave the stalk. A new leaf will grow which is likely to be smaller than the previous one. By doing this, you will also be allowing light into the middle of the tree, which encourages buds to grow there.

Crab Apple Bonsai Trees Pests and Problems

The most common issues are powdery mildew and leaf spots of various kinds. All Apple trees are prone to this. Easily controlled by the use of fungicide sprays available from garden centres. It may be a good precaution to purchase some of this and spray the tree periodically. We use Fungus Fight from Bayer which can be purchased as a premixed spray or as a concentrate which you mix with water and use in a hand sprayer.

Repotting Crab Apple Bonsai Trees

Repot  younger bonsai trees every one or two years using a general bonsai soil mix. Mature bonsai can be repotted less often than this.

How To Feed Crab Apple Bonsai Trees

A balanced organic fertilizer can be applied during the growing season to provide the necessary nutrients for robust growth and vibrant foliage. We tend to use Naruko and place this on the soil surface three or four times per year.

Further Bonsai Information

For further bonsai information, have a look at the bonsai tree care pages of our website. We also working to produce other bonsai tree species guides here.

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