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Ligustrum Bonsai Tree Care

Ligustrum bonsai can tolerate indoor growing conditions so long as humidity levels stay high, a humidity tray can help a ton. A Ligustrum that is been inside should not be put outside in the winter while not surfing the gradual cooling of fall weather. Give it tons of light but not direct afternoon sun.

Ligustrum bonsai is tolerant of both full sun in the summer and deep shade. They are cold hardy and will handle temperatures within the 20s but should be brought within if it gets below 20° F. The colder the temperatures a Ligustrum are exposed to, the more leaves they drop. This could be a natural reaction and causes no permanent harm even when specimens lose all their leaves in severe cold. New growth comes back within the spring. Ligustrum bonsai that is left outside during the winter must have spent the autumn outside to acclimatize to the cold.

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Watering Ligustrum Bonsai

Bonsai trees live in little pots and their world dries out a lot of quicker than plants in the ground or in larger pots, thus shut attention ought to be paid to watering. Check and water your bonsai every day. Striking a balance between not enough water and too much water will be a touch tricky but is necessary. Give it enough water to keep it from drying out and remaining dry. A Ligustrum bonsai  can tolerate over-watering well and can wilt if it gets too dry for too long.

Water completely when it wants water and let it catch its breath before watering once more. A recent bonsai watering trick is to place the entire pot in a very sink of water an in. or two deep and let the water absorb from the holes in the bottom of the pot. Another favorite way to understand if it desires to water is to elevate it. You will get away for whether it needs watering by its weight.

An inexpensive moisture meter takes the guesswork out of watering. We tend to sell them. Water so it absorbs into the dirt, otherwise, the water can run your table. Mist often with a twig bottle too. It helps take the burden off of the roots especially when it's very hot and dry out. We pot our bonsai trees to empty well, so it's not possible to over water.

Misting Ligustrum Bonsai

Leaves want humidity to keep them green and healthy. Any time your tree is within, the air is dry. Mist throughout the day. Avoid putting your Bonsai close to a draft or vent, which dries out the foliage. A humidity tray is a great manner to extend humidity. These shallow trays crammed with little stones have water in the underside of the tray. Make certain the water will not reach the underside of the Bonsai pot. As the water evaporates, it creates a moister setting.

Fertilizing Ligustrum Bonsai

When new growth appears in the spring it's time to start feeding your bonsai. Use an organic liquid fertilizer or a chemical fertilizer diluted to 1 0.5 strength. Fertilize every 2 weeks during the growing season and once a month within the winter.

Pruning Ligustrum Bonsai

Trim to shape through the growing season; remove overlarge leaves and shoots with overlong internodes. Heavy pruning ought to be done during the late winter or early spring before new growth starts.

Wiring Ligustrum Bonsai

Good wiring techniques are used to train Bonsai trees into different shapes and styles. Use the thinnest training wire that will hold the branch in the specified position. Wiring can be carried out anytime, though spring-summer is best. Do not wire a bonsai after repotting!. Wind the training wire within the direction the branch is bent to stay the wire from loosening. Wrapping the wire too tightly can cause scarring. Wrap tight enough to induce the task done. Begin at the base of the Bonsai tree and wrap the wire around the trunk to anchor. Continue along the branch you want to train. Repeat the process as needed. After about vi weeks, the branch ought to be in a position to maintain the form by itself, and the wire can be removed. Cut the wire from the branch. Do not unwind wires!. This could cause the branch to interrupt.


You ought to repot your Ligustrum bonsai within the spring (as new buds extend) employing a basic soil mix. When repotting, water completely and place Ligustrum in a shady location for several weeks so new roots can grow.

Insects and Diseases

The usual minor stuff can hassle a Ligustrum bonsai, like Aphids, leaf spot, scale insects, spider mites, whiteflies, and root rot. These will be attacked with the use of insecticides and fungicides in the form of sprays, soapy rinses, or systemic poisons. Use normal pesticides at half the dilution rate.

Spraying your Bonsai once every month or two with a non-toxic insect spray is suggested. Soaps should be rinsed off the next day.

Aphids are soft-bodied insects with pear-shaped bodies. They cluster on buds, leaves, and tips of shoots. Aphids take advantage of plant juices causing poor plant growth and distorted leaves. Most products used for aphid management work as contact insecticides. The aphids must be hit with spray droplets thus they can be absorbed into the insect's body. Insecticidal soaps work well against aphids.

Mites also wish to infest the Ligustrum bonsai. Identified by small moving pinpoints of red or brown on branch tips, severe infestations leave “spider webs” on branch tips and yellow leaves everywhere the tree.

Whiteflies resemble bits of ash and suck juices from leaves. Infested leaves flip yellow, die or drop off and are covered with a sticky substance.