Bonsai Training Information

Caragana arborescens
Pea Tree

Native to Manchuria and Siberia and also naturalised in France the Pea Tree is hardy to zone 2. A deciduous large shrub or multistemmed small tree with erect to spreading branches. Almost columnar shape though can also be rounded upto 20' tall with a green young stems and grey bark on older wood.

Styles:

Formal upright, Informal Upright

Location:

Indoor;Outdoor

Position:

If indoor place in abright spot.

Watering:

Moderate during growth. Keep soil fairly dry in winter. If the leaves turn yellow and fall, the tree is probably being overwatered.



Feeding:

Every 2-3 weeks during growth. Use liquid Bonsai feed or general purpose slow release fertilser.

Leaf and Branch Pruning:

The tree can be radically pruned in winter. This also encourages profuse budding new shoots in spring. Shorten new shoots as they develop to 5-6 node back down to 2 node.

Re-potting & Growing Medium:

Every two years in winter, or early spring before bud burst. Use fast-draining growing meadium: 1 part loam, 1 part sharp sand.

Wiring:

Best wired in winter in plants dormancy, if wiring young shoots in spring or summer dont leave wire on for too long as it wil mark the shoots.

Notes:

Pea trees are not common Bonsai but they they have a lot going from them. Their tiny leafs, yellow flowers, pea pods and stricking bark young green stems and mature grey bark ensures that the tree has something on offer all year. They also happen to extremely resiliant, can grow outdoors in the harshest of weathers, from freezing cold to balzing sunshine an dhigher temperatures, in fact make good indoor bonsai too.


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