The tough schefflera bonsai. An indoor gem!
Welcome to our schefflera bonsai page!
Hopefully, by the end of this page, you'll understand the schefflera is a great species of bonsai, and a species that is easy to grow. Why would we need to be convinced? you ask?
The schefflera has never been considered a true bonsai species. They are snubbed by the bonsai world!
Together we can build a better rep for the schefflera bonsai!
When planted in the ground in their natural habitats, Scheffleras can grow up to 35 feet tall! They grow in temperate areas and enjoy tropical conditions, such as those in northern Australia. For the avid bonsai enthusiast, the schefflera bonsai will form aerial roots readily and look fantastic in styles incorporating roots (root over rock etc).
Due to the large nature of the tree's leaves, it can be hard to bonsai them, but, with the process of defoliation, you will be able to promote smaller growth over time. It is entirely possible to reduce leaf size by 70%!
Lets look at the schefflera bonsai in some closer detail!
Soil, Lighting, & Watering
• There are 2 species of Schefflera you will mostly deal with. The dwarf Schefflera prefers moist soil, whilst the Brassaia likes to remain in drier soil.
• The Brassaia will thrive in a well-draining bonsai soil mix, whilst the dwarf Schefflera enjoys a soil mix containing a higher percentage of organic material, such as moss etc. This will help with moisture retention
• The dwarf Schefflera will need to be watered daily, ensuring the soil is always moist, while the Brassaia can afford intermittent watering (every few days). This means that if you are a poor waterer the Brassaia is probably for you!
• Schefflera can survive in low light which make them perfect for indoors. The Schefflera will survive low light conditions without a problem but they will take longer to grow
• If your Schefflera bonsai is placed in ample light conditions, the leaves can afford to be smaller. Basically, if you want the most out of your new bonsai, allow it to recieve light. As we said before, it is not neccessary, but if you really want to get the most out of your plant......... you know what to do!
•Feed your Schefflera with a standard liquid feed weekly throughout the growing season, and monthly throughout winter
•Repot your tree every 2 years.
• Try to select an oval-shaped glazed pot. They look awesome matched with a schefflera bonsai!
• By completely removing all your schefflera's foliage, you will force budding on lower areas of the tree. This will also result in smaller leaves, which is the desired bonsai effect
• You can defoliate your tree at the end of winter yearly. If you use artificial light this can be more frequent, if rapid growth is observed!
• As the new leaves grow they will need to consistently pruned back to avoid them reaching full size. The more you prune throughout spring and summer, the smaller they will be kept in the long run
Pruning & Wiring
• a href="http://www.bonsai-made-easy.com/bonsaiwire.html">Wire when the tree is young. Their branches and trunks are not greatly malleable and as they get older this becomes more apparent
• Use slow bends and avoid creating right angles!
• Prune with direction in mind. If you trim a leaf stem back there will be a bud where the stem meets the branch. If you use the technique of directional pruning, you can force branches to grow from these buds. Aim to tactically force a new branch in a desired direction by pruning around the bud.
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