Dogwood trees, which are native to Eastern Asia, make beautiful bonsai trees.
In late spring, these trees bloom with large four-petaled flowers, making them a very showy tree. When the flowers fade, a large red berry remains. This tree’s trunk has exfoliating bark, which gives it an aged appearance very quickly.
This tree is one of the most stunning outdoor bonsai species to cultivate.
Watering Dogwood Bonsai
This bonsai necessitates a lot of sunlight. This, in turn, necessitates frequent watering to compensate for the additional drying of the soil. Place the pot of your bonsai in a tub of water for a few minutes to water it. Allow the excess water to drain before replacing the pot in its original location.
Placement of your Dogwood Bonsai
Dogwoods are outdoor bonsai that require a dormant season to thrive. You can bring your bonsai indoors for special occasions, but remember to bring it back after a few days. Dogwoods thrive in as much sunlight as possible.
Training Dogwood Bonsai
Pinch back new growth to maintain shape in areas where foliage levels are already at desired levels. Wiring should be done in the fall after the branches have grown. Keep an eye on the wires to make sure they are not overgrown. If you are not careful, this will cause scarring on your branches.
Repotting Dogwood Bonsai
When the root system has filled the pot, repot this species. The tree is said to be “rootbound” in this situation. When this tree believes there isn’t enough space for its roots to grow, it will stop growing above ground to compensate. This is their natural ability to prevent them from outgrowing the root support. This is done every two years and should be done in early spring. Dogwoods should be replanted with soil that has plenty of drainages.
Fertilizing Dogwood Bonsai
Fertilizer, as with any bonsai, is essential for a healthy tree. Fertilizer replenishes the nutrients that have been washed away as a result of the increased watering. During the growing season, this tree should be fed every other week, then monthly in the fall and winter.