50345034 - Larix kaempferi - Japanese Larch - Karamatsu - Bonsai Care Guide from Ma-Ke Bonsai
Larix kaempferi (Lamb.) Carrière
Japanese Larch;Karamatsu
Description: The beautiful Larch is a deciduous conifers which is very popular among bonsai growers around the world. Its small colorful purple cones, lime green spring foliage, bronze autumn foliage, redish brown makes a Japanese Larch an all season attraction and is a highly popular species for Bonsai in Japan and Europe.
Styles: Formal upright, Informal Upright, Slanting, Cascade, Semi-cascade, Literate, Rock-over-root, Clasped-to-rock, Twin-trunk, Group planting, Saikei
Location: Outdoor
Position: Full sun, do not grow well or like shady areas. They are hardy and need no real protection. Small bonsai pots should be kept from freezing, a cool Greenhouse during very cold winters will help.
Watering: Regulary throughout the growing season. Sparingly during the winter do not allow soil to dry out.
Feeding: Fortnightly during grown season. Use a balanced feed.
Leaf and Branch Pruning: Through out growing season pinch to keep shape of plant. In Winter prune back branches to shape.
Re-potting & Growing Medium: Every year in just before buds show in spring. Use free draining soil. 1 Part Akadam, 1 Part Pumice, 1 Part Damolin
Wiring: Wire in winter to give shape. In young plants that are grown rapidly best to remove wiring during summer to avoid wiring forrows.
Photo credits:
1). Mark D'Cruz; http://www.makebonsai.com

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