Powder Puff Bonsai

powder puff bonsai

Welcome to our page on the magnificent powder puff bonsai!

As bonsai enthusiasts, we try to include as many amazing bonsai candidates as we can, from flowering to deciduous, to evergreen. If you're reading this, you can rest assured that the powder puff is among the best bonsai trees to grow and display!

Lets check this tree out!

Firstly, the powder puff bonsai is commonly found in the Calliandra genus. This group of trees are flowering and actually belong to the pea family! Wierd? We think so!

There are many species of Calliandra, most are home in tropical and subtropical areas, such as Asia, Australia and areas in the Americas.

The powder puff will blossom during Spring and Summer, producing bright, bottle-brushesque flowers. Of course, these look amazing on a dwarfed tree, as is the result from practicing the art of bonsai! If you want to give an amazing present to someone special, try a flowering bonsai! Our Online store will have many options for you to choose from.......

Now for the business end!

Soil, Lighting & Watering

• Your powder puff bonsai will thrive in full sunlight

• You can bring your powder puff indoors, but not for extended periods of time, allow around a maximum of 3 days at a time inside

• Do not allow your powder puff to be bitten by frost

• Do not allow the soil to dry out completely. The soil will need to have a degree of moisture at all times, particularly during summer months

• Maintain a regular watering schedule, around once a day, in the morning or evening, and twice in summer

• Ensure you use a well-drained, basic bonsai soil mix


• For best results, use a liquid fertilizer fortnightly during Spring and Summer. Try using a bonsai fertilizer with a higher phosphorous mix. This will aid the bloom cycle!


• You will only need to repot your powder puff every 2-3 years

• Repot using a sandy, alkaline soil to aid the roots 'taking'

Pruning & Wiring

• A powder puff plant is one of the easiest bonsai candidates to prune

Prune during Spring

• New leaves will appear from new shoots, usually between 5-8. You will need to prune back the leaves, leaving only 1 or 2. also, ensure you maintain symmetry in this process. Cut back branches if the fall out of line with the tree's shape

Wire your powder puff bonsai at the start of Spring only. Too late in the season, the branches become brittle and become prone to snapping.


• Your powder puff tree will look it's best shaped in an informal of formal upright style

Thanks for taking an interest in the powder puff! If you choose to grow one, you won't be disappointed!

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